Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

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Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » February 1st, 2013, 7:45 pm

1. Consider tailoring any of the workshops and social activities listed in the "Engaging all members!" thread to your ESP members.
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Re: Ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » February 1st, 2013, 7:46 pm

2. Involve your ESP in association leadership

By statute, only secretaries receive tenure after three years and one day of service, however some local associations have bargained with boards of education to offer their own form of tenure to employees. While a member is new and has not achieved some form of tenure or seniority, it is best to get them involved in the association but in ways in which they feel comfortable. Here are some examples of getting new members involved in association leadership roles:

• Involvement in the association PRIDE, social committees, etc.
• school board meetings
• Association website or newsletter
• Pass the budget campaign
• Parades
• Community service: (i.e. holiday gift wrapping party, etc.)
• Attending NJEA summer and winter leadership training
• Attending the NJEA ESP conference
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UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » February 1st, 2013, 7:46 pm

3. Create professional development opportunities for your ESP members.

Professional development programs should provide equal opportunities for these employees to gain and improve the knowledge and skills important to their position and job performance. Analyze your ESP demographics and consider having interpreters present, if necessary. Consider these topics:

• Health and safety
• Paraprofessionals and teachers: building positive relationships
• Computer program courses
• Communication with students
• Assertive discipline for school bus drivers
• Assertive discipline for school employees
• Effective classroom paraprofessionals
• Effective communication for office professionals
• Effective witnessing & report writing
• Recognizing gang activity
• ESP, DYFS, & child abuse
• Facilitation skills
• Family involvement training [FIT]
• Food service personnel
• How to deal with difficult students
• IDEA for paraeducators
• Inhalant abuse
• Introduction to the Internet
• Legal & ethical issues for paraprofessionals
• Managing multiple tasks for ESP
• Nonviolent crisis intervention
• Organizing your workday: challenges & problems faced by 1. transportation professionals and
2. custodians & maintenance professionals
• Reaching your ESP potential
• School bomb threat
• School threat assessment & crisis response training: Elements of a safe school plan
• Situational awareness for school security guards
• Stress management
• Succeeding with difficult students for educational support professionals (ESP)
• Time management for education support professionals
• Transportation threat assessment & crisis response training
• Web searching
• Winter driving
• Working together to combat violence & vandalism
• Managing multiple tasks for ESP
• Organizing your workday for bus drivers
• Email etiquette for office professionals
• Google Docs for ESPs
• NJEA Member Benefits
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 11:35 am

4. Consider revising your constitution to allow for head representatives who are ESPs. This method gives more members a seat at the table and allows more of your members' voices to be heard. For example, you local could include a head rep for secretaries, custodians, bus drives, etc. Some locals make these ESP reps Vice Presidents.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 11:43 am

5. For all-inclusive locals: organize your informational meetings about new contracts into breakout sessions.

We got this idea from the Vineland EA. During a recent informational session presenting proposed changes to the contract to members prior to ratification, the Vineland EA offered breakout sessions for each of its ESP groups facilitated by a negotiations committee member.

ESPs often feel left out during these meetings when all members are together in one room, and the ESP versions of the contract are often presented last. How about organizing your meeting into a large general session with overall changes and then offering breakouts to your ESP groups so that they can hear details relevant to their sections of the contract in a more intimate setting?

If you like this idea, make sure to run it by your NJEA UniServ field representative to get his or her point of view on the subject. Good luck with your meeting!
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 11:48 am

6. Ensure that your ESP members have access to your events!

Many locals give their ESPs a role in the planning of their association events (retirement dinners, holiday parties, etc.). It's always good to keep in mind how ESPs work schedules can allow them to take part in the fun!

Many locals now run their holiday parties directly in their school buildings, which means ESPs can attend during their breaks. Some locals offer special ESP-only events that are more in tune with their work schedules. For example, one local recently reported that leaders are sponsoring bowling events on Saturday afternoons for the custodial staff.

Your ESPs can help you plan the events best. Have fun! :mrgreen:
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 11:49 am

7. Your local may benefit from distributing materials written in both English and Spanish. Consider the needs of your members in order to ensure that everyone has access to the information.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » August 12th, 2013, 6:43 pm

8. When offering workshop opportunities and association events to your ESPs, if any cost is involved, consider charging ESPs half that of certificated staff. After all, ESP dues are half those of local dues. We got this suggestion from one local that does this regularly, and local leaders there say that ESPs are appreciative of the thought.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » September 8th, 2013, 5:43 pm

9. Nominate your members for the ESP of the Year award!

This is one of NJEA's highest honors. Check it out and work with your County EA to submit nominations:

http://www.njea.org/members/educational-support/esp-of-the-year

You could also do this on the local. Recognize your top ESP by awarding his or her own parking spot, special recognition at a BOE meeting, a special certificate, etc. :mrgreen:
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Additional ideas to reach ESP members!

Postby JimBoice » October 5th, 2013, 12:41 pm

10. We met the president of an all-inclusive local today who is not shy about saying that he empowers his ESP members by giving them more and more ownership in their association. This local president states that his teacher members are "overwhelmed" right now with SGOs, new evaluation models, and increased demands for administration. The president is quick to add that his ESP members are feeling the crunch also. The president is working to transform his local by giving his ESPs more ownership via committee chair positions, asking them to plan PRIDE and new member events, etc.

The president reports that thus far his ESP members have really stepped up and are doing great work! :mrgreen:
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New Jersey Education Association
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Post Office Box 1211
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609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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