Raising the Bar for ESP Professional Development

Baltimore County ESP partners with district for PD event

Pictured left to right at the ESPBC Professional Development Day January 17: Jovanie Jones, Robert Caperna, Tammy Hough, Evers Burns, Tonya Dentry, and Bill Voithofer.

The Education Support Professionals of Baltimore County are raising the bar for professional development. In one year, they’ve increased attendance at the 1½-day professional development conference by 100% with educators attending 18 different workshops ranging from computer skills building to reading and math content strategies to behavioral strategies.

“It was amazing,” said Bill Voithofer, a computer technician and member of the planning committee. “As part of the planning team, the response we got was very encouraging — the topics presented were of wide breadth and showed the variety of our profession. We are keeping up with the needs of the ESPs and the partnership shows that BCPS stands behind us.”

Office professional Jovanie Jones said, “It was a great experience. I received a lot of information that will help me in my daily work and to advance in BCPS.”

“There was great instruction, I’m grateful the union did this for us,” said Robert Caperna, a paraeducator. “This has encouraged me to attend more events like this.”