ESP Professional Development Opportunity

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:00 PM EST – 8:15 PM EST

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What is School IPM?

Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a strategy that ensures safe, cost-effective and sustainable pest management, reducing risks associated with pests and their management. In schools IPM is a much more effective alternative to scheduled applications of chemical pesticides. Children’s special vulnerability to pesticides includes both increased opportunity for exposure and increased susceptibility compared to adults. IPM practices reduce student exposure to both pests and pesticides.

Providing safe and healthy school environments is a high-priority for communities everywhere. Schools are considered to be sensitive environments, in which effective pest management is an essential and critically important responsibility. Students spend a major part of their day at school and the environmental standards set, have profound impacts on their health and academic success. As with any high-traffic, built environment, schools face pest and pest management challenges that impact their proper functioning.

Everyone in a school community plays a role in IPM because common human habits may create pest-conducive conditions. This is why education and training for different groups of school employees is key. NEA works with the IPM Institute to provide trainings using a training program called Stop School Pests, that has individual training modules for different school employees.

IPM training explains the most important IPM concepts as they relate to different roles, and helps to increase awareness of how our everyday choices affect pest populations around us.

The Webinar

This webinar will be an actual certification class for custodian and maintenance members in Integrated Pest Management by the IPM Institute of North American and Education Support Professionals Quality of the NEA.

This valuable professional development will teach participants how to keep their schools pest free, and at the same time, eliminate or reduce the use of pesticides. As we continue to learn about the effects of pesticides on children, adults, animals, and the general environment, the demand for IPM will rise. Because IPM is not a product, but a methodology that depends upon trained employees; the demand for custodians and maintenance personnel with IPM certification will also increase.

Individual participants who complete the webinar will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the session and an IPM certification via email.

Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America

Timothy Barchak, NEA— Senior Program/Policy Analyst, NEA Education Support Professional Quality

Questions? Contact Timothy Barchak at

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