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Educational Support Professionals Advancement Committee (ESPAC)

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The Educational Support Professionals Advancement Committee (ESPAC) encourages employees to improve their skills and knowledge. As an effort to support professional learning ESPAC highlights courses that would be beneficial for individuals.  For example, ESPAC recommends courses from Salt Lake Community College's Ed2Go. Courses are instructor-led (start and end on a certain date) or self-paced. The most popular courses  cover Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and WordPress. Other courses are available as well. ESPAC will cover the cost of courses that have been approved.

Course Options:

>   Ed 2 Go/Salt Lake Community College courses usually run for 6 weeks, 2 sessions per week. (See course examples below.) After completion of the course, an online test is given, and the employee is given the option of printing a certificate verifying completion of the class.  If interested in these classes, contact Chris Westra, (801-567-8657) or further explanation of the process of registration.                   

Courses in customer service, grammar, problem-solving, etc., can be found at Fred Pryor Seminars,  and SkillPath Seminars   Indicate in the box district zip code, 84084, and classes that are available in the Salt Lake City Area will be provided.  Complete the Classified Professional Improvement form attached, send it to Classified Professional Development at the district, and you will be registered for the course.  An email confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your registration.  Usually with two or three days.  Note:  Computer classes offered here are not hands-on classes--only presentation.

>   Computer classes are offered through  Salt Lake Community College continuing education. The employee will need to pay for the class with a personal credit card and submit your receipt/confirmation for reimbursement to Chris Westra, Classified Professional Development.

    Example courses from Ed2Go
  • CETG 0525: Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0625: Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access 2016 (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • CETG 0780: Intermediate Microsoft Access 2016 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access 2019/Office 365 (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • CETG 0523: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0524 Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013 (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • CETG 0624: Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0630: Advanced Microsoft Excel 2013 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0723: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016 Self-Pace Tutorial
  • CETG 0724: Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0583: Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables Self-Pace Tutorial
  • CETG 0923: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0924: Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013 (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • CETG 0721: Intermediate Microsoft Word 2016 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word 2019 / Office 365 (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2019/Office 365 (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • CETG 0737: Introduction to Windows 10 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0372: Introduction to CSS3 and HTML5 Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0100: Creating Web Pages Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0228: Fundamentals of Technical Writing Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0225: Computer Skills for the Workplace Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0176: Individual Excellence Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0014: Administrative Assistant Fundamentals Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0171: Achieving Success with Difficult People Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0036: Building Teams That Work Self-Paced Tutorial
  • Keyboarding (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • Using the Internet in the Classroom (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II (Self-Paced Tutorials
  • Ready, Set, Read! (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • CETG 0403: Integrating Technology in the Classroom Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0335: Guided Reading and Writing Strategies for Maximum Student Achievement
  • CETG 0295: Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0183: Understanding Adolescents Self-Paced Tutorial
  • Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work (Self-Paced Tutorial)
  • CETG 0336: Guided Reading Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0316: Interpersonal Communication Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0272: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems Self-Paced Tutorial
  • CETG 0143: Spanish in the Classroom Self-Paced Tutorial


How to Apply

  • Applying for classes is a simple task.  Simply fill out the Classified Professional Improvement form
  • (2020-21 Classified Prof Dev Form).      
  • If the class is held during the contract day, you will need to also check the box requesting a Professional Development Day.   
  • You must sign the form. 
  • Your supervisor must also sign as approval of the course.
  • Return it by district mail or in person to Chris Westra, Teaching and Learning, at the District Office.
  • Requirements
    Participants must attend ALL class sessions and complete the assignments to receive a certificate for the class. Participants are asked to complete a survey upon completion.
  • Funding for Classes
    Employees who desire to take classes approved by CPIC may fund them in the following ways:
  • Employee pays for class by personal check or money order.
  • Employee may request the use of classified professional development funds from their department, director, or principal. Most departments and schools have a professional development funds. Payment is made by check or journal entry.
  • Employee completes a Professional Development Registration form (2020-21 Classified Prof Dev Form),  and submits the form along with additional class information (i.e., brochure, etc.,) showing the details and cost of the class.
  • Professional Development Days
  • Classified employees may take a course during the contract workday, and a professional development day may be requested on the CPDD Approval Form through the administrator of the department.                                    
  • The administrator must sign the form to approve the request. The form must also be signed by the designated administrator at the district level.
  • For further questions, please contact Chris Westra in Teaching and Learning at 801-567-8657 or

Courses Offered Through COVID school closures:

A concentrated effort has been made to provide all employees the opportunity to work their usual number of hours and earn their regular pay during the extended school dismissal.  Substitutes who have a current assignment were eligible to enroll in the Paraeducator Refresher Course.  Whenever possible, employees were strongly encouraged to work from home. Doing so helped to make social distancing more effective for those whose job assignments make working from home difficult.

One option was for employees to take online training. Under the direction of an immediate supervisor, employees could participate in online training.  After direction from your immediate supervisor, please follow the instructions for each course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to enrollment in a Canvas course, please make sure you are able to log into Canvas. Please click on username will be your JSD email address and the password you use for JSD accounts. If your password does not work, please click on "Forgot Password?" Follow the steps and you will be able to reset your password. 

Paraeducator Basic Course  |  JSD Suicide Prevention  |  Getting Started with Canvas  |  Adobe in Education  |  Digital Citizenship  |  Getting to Know Nearpod  |  Common Sense Media  | Google Tools  | CPIC Self-Paced Courses.--  Ed2Go Courses from Salt Lake Community College  |  

ESP Professional Development Courses Offered Through Special Education

  • Each of the following courses were designed to take approximately 25 hours per week over two weeks, for a total of 50 hours. All hourly employees should log in and out via True Time to document their participation in the Course. Although the course was originally designed to have graded quizzes and assignments, during dismissal these features will not be used. You will just need to participate in the learning modules and may choose to participate in the discussion conferences.
    • If a paraeducator typically works 17 hours or less per week the course should take longer than two weeks to complete.
    • If the paraeducator typically works more than 25 hours per week, there are some additional readings that can be done in the time that is not accounted for in any given course.
    • If you have any questions about logging into True Time from home please visit with your building administrator. 
  • Any paraprofessional, under the direction of their administrator,  is welcome to join and participate regardless of their assignment or their number of hours worked in a week. 
  • Under the administrator’s direction, the entire course can be completed or specific modules can be assigned as appropriate.

NEW Course: Paraeducator Basics. The link for this course is:


ESP Professional Learning from JSD's Health and Wellness Department

COURSE: JSD Suicide Prevention Training -- Self-enroll in the course by logging into Canvas at:

Jordan School DIstrict's Health and Wellness Department has provided an online training course on suicide prevention. From the Health and Wellness Department,

"It takes everyone to prevent suicide. We all play a part in keeping each other safe. We hope that you can use this training in your personal and professional life. Please, recognize that your role is vital to our success in preventing suicide and you do NOT have to be a mental health professional to intervene and support others who may be struggling." 

Any employee, under the direction of their administrator,  is welcome to join and participate.


ESP Courses from Digital Teaching & Learning 

COURSE: ESP - Getting Started With Canvas -- Self Enroll in the course  by logging into Canvas at

This course is available so that you can learn about Canvas and assist teachers in their online efforts. Participants will learn how to design and deliver an online course and manage student assignments using Canvas LMS. 

  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Module 1 - Creating Content in Canvas
  • Module 2 - Content Pages and Multimedia
  • Module 3 - Creating Student Activities in Canvas
  • Module 4 - Assessing Student Learning in Canvas
  • Module 5 - Copying, Sharing, Importing, Exporting, and Help
  • Module 6 - Canvas Communication Tools and More


COURSE: ESP - Adobe in Education -- Self Enroll in course by logging into Canvas at

Adobe products are currently made available to all Jordan School District employees and students in 7th - 12th Grade. This course guides participants in learning the basics of Adobe products and how they might be used in classrooms with student learning.

  • Module 1 - Become an Adobe Campus Leader
  • Module 2 - Get Started Now: Adobe Creativity in Every Class
  • Module 3 - Get Started: Digital Storytelling with Your Class (Spark)Module 4 - Get Started: Digital Publishing with Your Students (Adobe InDesign)
  • Module 5 - Get Started: Design Fun Apps with Your Students (Adobe XD)
  • Module 6 - Get Started: Classroom Video on Mobile (Adobe Premier Rush)
  • Module 7 - Get Started: Create Digital Images with Your Class (Photoshop)
  • Module 8 - Get Started: Augment Reality with Your Students (Adobe Aero)
  • Module 9 - Get Started: Design Graphics with Your Students (Adobe Illustrator)
  • Module 10 - Get Creative with Adobe Spark
  • Module 11 - Final Reflection


COURSE: ESP - Digital Citizenship -- Self enroll in this course by logging into Canvas at
Description - In this course participants will learn what digital citizenship is, how to become  responsible digital citizens, and how to talk with others openly about cyberbullying and potential pitfalls of social media. Participants will learn how to model digital citizenship and develop tools and lessons to use with individuals of all ages.

  • Canvas Overview
  • Module 1 - What is Digital Citizenship?
  • Module 2 - Digital Citizenship Standards
  • Module 3 - Positive Student Engagement
  • Module 4 - Tools and Resources
  • Module 5 - Teaching Digital Citizenship
  • Module 6 - Putting it all Together .


COURSE:  ESP - Getting to know Nearpod -- Self enroll in the course by logging into Canvas at

Description - This course will help participants learn Nearpod can be used for high-quality instruction. Understanding the basics of the Nearpod platform empowers those who use it to facilitate intentional and thoughtful engagement with the curriculum through technology.

  • Activity 1 - Get to Know Nearpod
  • Activity 2 - Add Content to Get to Know Nearpod
  • Activity 3 - What is Nearpod?
  • Activity 4 - How Does Nearpod Work?
  • Activity 5 - What do you think?
  • Activity 6 - Logging into Nearpod
  • Activity 7 - Navigating the Nearpod Home Menu
  • Activity 8 - Setting up your Account Options
  • Activity 9 - Navigating the Nearpod Store
  • Activity 10 - Editing Presentations from the Nearpod Store
  • Activity 11 - Launching a Live or Student-Paced Nearpod Lesson
  • Activity 12 - Nearpod Libraries
  • Activity 13 - Best Practices: Classroom Management with Nearpod
  • Activity 14 - Designing a Beautiful Lesson
  • Activity 15 - Slides in Nearpod
  • Activity 16 - Interactive Activities in Nearpod
  • Activity 17 - Web Content in Nearpod
  • Activity 18 - Accessing Nearpod Reports (new)
  • Activity 19 - Additional Information
  • Activity 20 - Flipgrid Tutorial
  • Activity 21 - Nearpod Possible Flip Hunt


ESP - Common Sense Media -- Self enroll in this course by logging into Canvas at

Description - Common Sense Media is one of the major providers of digital citizenship training in the United States. They provide high-quality digital literacy and citizenship programs. In order to promote and support the safe and appropriate use of digital tools within the Jordan School District, we are providing this introduction to Common Sense Media.

  • Module 1 - Common Sense Media Educator - Teacher Leader
  • Module 2 - Why Digital Citizenship? Why Common Sense Media?
  • Module 3 - Learn
  • Module 4 - Do
  • Module 5 - Reflect and Apply
  • Module 6 - Additional JSD Certificate Requirement
  • Module 7 - Nearpod Lessons Common Sense Media


COURSE: ESP - Google Tools Course . -- Self Enroll in this course by logging into Canvas at 

Description - Course participants will learn the functionality of the following Google Apps for Education tools available to students and employees in the Jordan School District and apply those applications in educational and professional settings.

  • Module 1 - Getting Started
  • Module 2 - Google Chrome
  • Module 3 - Gmail
  • Module 4 - Calendar
  • Module 5 - Drive
  • Module 6 - Docs
  • Module 7 - Sheets
  • Module 8 - Forms
  • Module 9 - Slides
  • Module 10 - Sites
  • Module 11 - Keep and Task