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ESP Professional Development

Education Support Professionals are the workers who strengthen our schools, communities and local associations in every North Dakota community. They play an integral role within our union and in the lives of the students they care so deeply for, both inside and outside of the classroom.

North Dakota United is proud to offer professional development opportunities tailored specifically for our ESP members, both in K-12 and higher education. Together with our national affiliates, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, we are able to develop, implement and promote policies and professional supports that enhance the effectiveness of ESPs in meeting the needs of every student.


Starting in the fall of 2022, North Dakota United will launch our Education Support Professional (ESP) Toolkit Sessions virtually. In addition to Zoom sessions there will be an optional book study. Zoom sessions and/or the book study can be used for credit and/or CEUs. Zoom sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing, if you are unable to “attend” live.

If you are interested in attending these online events, please contact Amy Flicek at Your name will be added to the list and before the start date more information will be sent to you.

Calendar of ESP Toolkit Sessions:

  • Organizing, Meeting Membership Goals & Membership Types — Sept. 13, 2022
  • Safety — Oct. 11, 2022
  • Paras: Power of ESP — Nov. 8, 2022
  • Policies & Handbooks — Dec. 13, 2022
  • Rights & Responsibilities — Jan. 10, 2023
  • Mindfulness & Self-Care — Feb. 14, 2023
  • Meet & Confer — March 14, 2023
  • Retirement & PERS — April 11, 2023
  • Celebrate You! — May 9, 2023


In addition, the National Education Association ESP Quality Department offers a wide variety of webinars to support the professional growth of ESPs.


Professional Learning Programs

ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC)
Grounded in eight universal standards of professionalism, the PGC provides ESPs with clear pathways for continuous professional learning and growth. Learn more

Check out ESP Professional Growth Continuum Micro-Credentials

NEA ESP National Conference
This annual conference provides opportunities for ESPs to develop the knowledge and skills to build strong internal and external relationships, organize members, and enhance their ability to support student and school success. Learn more

NEA Micro-credentials
A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition for educators, including ESPs. Learn more


To supplement NEA and NDU programs, there are a variety of resources to support ESPs on their professional learning journey. View NEA’s publications page to access digital copies or request hard copies of these resources.

Managing Student Behavior on the School Bus
Tips for school bus drivers on handling school discipline issues. Learn more

Dealing with Student Behavior Problems: A Guide for School Based Secretaries
Tips for school secretaries on handling student discipline issues. Learn more