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NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Program

NEA's 'ESP Leaders for Tomorrow' Program

What is NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow?

The NEA Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) program is an intensive, hands–on leadership development program intended to train NEA Education Support Professional (ESP) members to be strong local leaders. The program is a three session training process held over an eight-month period that is open to dues paying NEA ESP members who meet the program’s eligibility requirements.  

Leaders for Tomorrow will train current and future leaders in leadership attitudes, and it will equip them with the skills and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocate at the local, state and national levels of the NEA.

What will I learn?  

The Leaders for Tomorrow program is a personal journey through which participants will engage deeply in skill building with highly respected national trainers using research-based training materials and adult learning techniques. It will prepare ESP to take on leadership roles in their local association, school/work site and community.

Application:  2017 NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Program Application

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current NEA ESP member
  • Must have been an NEA member in good standing for at least the past three years
  • Must complete the application form and submit it by the deadline
  • Must commit to participate fully in all three sessions
  • Must commit to utilize the skills learned in local association work
  • Application must include state affiliate president’s signature acknowledging application

Program Objectives: 

  • Prepare ESP to take on leadership roles in their local association, school/work site and community;
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses and understand how to utilize them as a leader; 
  • Identify personal risk taking style, strategies to manage risks, and how to deal with change effectively;
  • Understand the difference between assertiveness and aggressiveness and strengthen ability to engage assertively; 
  • Strengthen resiliency and coping skills; 
  • Polish communication skills and hone ability to create and deliver effective presentations;
  • Practice accepting personal feedback and build on identified areas needed for effective leadership;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the NEA structure, resources available, culture and leadership growth opportunities within the organization;
  • Sharpen advocacy skills; 
  • Understand and build on ability to ask powerful questions and have crucial conversations;
  • Gain a basic knowledge of parliamentary procedure and running an effective meeting; 
  • Enhance internal and external organizing skills;
  • Describe how to elevate ESP careers using the whole student philosophy. 

What kind of time commitment and resources does NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow require?

  • Three training sessions take place over an eight-month period. The tentative dates and locations are:
    • July 16-21, 2017  (Minneapolis, MN)
    • November 16-21, 2017  (Washington, DC)
    • March 18-25, 2018  (Location: TBD) *includes attendance to the NEA ESP National Conference. 

All participants are fully funded to attend all three sessions and the National ESP Conference as permitted under the NEA travel guidelines. NEA will pay for transportation, lodging, meals and substitute pay or salary reimbursement.

NOTE: Additional information, including the complete application packet, guidelines, nomination form, etc., are available at the download link listed above. (click here to return to link)