NAESPA Professional Development Opportunities

Did you know that there are resources available now for professional development on this website? NAESPA's goal to see all children given the opportunity to receive a high-quality education motivates us to provide exceptional professional development opportunities that are easily accessible and support educators at all levels.


See below for current opportunities:


Video on Demand

A VOD 2023 subscription gives you access - on your own schedule - to hundreds of high-quality professional videos to motivate and inform you and your staff about the latest topics in ESEA and related programs. The professional development opportunities are limitless. Video On Demand is packed with videos that are guaranteed to inform, inspire, and instruct. Learn more now!



View this year's tentative webinar schedule below. 

  • June - Title IX - Julia Martin, The Bruman Group (Watch Now)
  • July 26th, 1:00 PM EDT (Watch Now)
    Showing Up: Strategies for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism ...Tools to keep kids in school
    Hosted by Phyllis Jordan, FutureEd

  • August 30th, 2:00 PM EDT (Learn More )
    Lessons Learned from the Field Coordinating Services for Our Most Vulnerable Youth
    A panel discussion hosted by Christy Hendricks, NAESPA 

  • September 6th, 2:00 PM EDT (Register Now)
    A Schoolwide Approach to Supporting Students Impacted by Trauma
    Hosted by Amy Foster Wolferman, National Native Children’s Trauma Center 

  • September 27th, 3:00 PM EDT (For NAESPA Members Only)
    Advocacy 101: Crafting and Conveying a Message to Policymakers
    Hosted by Julia Martin, The Bruman Group 

  • October - Equitable Services - Carly Ambler, NAESPA (Details Coming Soon)

  • November - Federal Update - Julia Martin, Bruman Group (Details Coming Soon)


New Director Development

NAESPA is proud to announce the 2023 New Director Development program designed for State Directors charged with managing their state federal education program with 0-3 years of experience or who are new to their role. The training will be facilitated by Jonas Zuckerman, a former NAESPA President with more than 8 years of experience as an ESEA State Director.

Register Now!

This series is specially designed to provide support for new ESEA State Directors in all aspects of their job, including:


  • Content knowledge on the essential aspects of ESEA (statute, regulations, guidance, procedures, etc.);
  • Practical application of the knowledge to carry out job responsibilities; and
  • Opportunities for networking and problem-solving with peers.


This training is not Title specific, but instead will cover the key aspects for all ESEA Titles, so will be relevant for any State ESEA Title Director. New Directors will be able to ask critical questions and get practical support and guidance both from their peers and from a facilitator with experience in the role.


This series will run for 10 months, beginning in July 2023 and ending in April 2024, and will meet virtually the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM ET, with a couple exceptions when in-person meetings may be facilitated instead. All session recordings and resources will become and remain available to those registered as the series progresses.


Meeting Schedule:
NAESPA Summer Meeting, Washington, D.C. - July 10 - Overview - The Elementary and Secondary Education Act
August 3 - USDE Regulations and Guidance Documents
September 7 - Allocations – from USDE to SEAs to LEAs to Schools
October 5 - Communications – Internal & External
November 2 - USDE Monitoring of SEAs
December 7 - Subrecipient Monitoring Processes
January 4 - Managing Administration Budgets
February TBD - Stakeholder Engagement
March 7 - School Accountability Under ESSA
April 4 - Private School Equitable Participation


This program is free for all NAESPA members and $299 for those eligible for membership (anyone working at the SEA level and responsible for federal program management), with the fee going towards yearly membership, if so desired. Register Now!


2024 National ESEA Conference

The National ESEA Conference brings together educators and administrators from across the nation every year to coordinate among federal education programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and other federal programs. Join us!


NAESPA Membership

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators is dedicated to improving and implementing federal education programs so that more children reach their academic potential. Learn more here.

NAESPA (National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators)

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