Education Support Professionals
We’re NEA ESPs and Proud of It!
This year's American Education Week ESP Day celebration took place November 19, in Woods Creek, Utah at Odyssey Elementary School. Make sure you check out the ESP Day highlights (video below) and…as always….thank an ESP for playing a critical role in ensuring student success!
ESPs Ensure Student Success
Education Support Professionals are the first and last school employees to see students in the school community. Through their various careers they touch the lives of students and ensure student success. Watch our featured video recorded at the 2014 NEA ESP Conference to hear how.
ESP Day National Celebration
Education Support Professionals are critical members of the education workforce. They are "public education's unsung heroes," says NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. This year's ESP Day celebration took place in Woods Creek, Utah at Odyssey Elementary School.
Additional Resource: ESP Day News Release
My View: A Look at the "Whole Child" Approach
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Utah School Employees Association (USEA) President Jerad Reay discuss why student success requires every resource available in a school community.
Paraeducators' Impact on Student Learning Keeps Growing
Read how ESP paraeducator Paulette Lyons directly impacts student success in her Functional Skills class at Century Elementary School in Bear River City, Utah.
ESP Lead Farm to School Program in Massachusetts
Read how ESPs in Haverhill Education Association used NEA ESP Quality Department's Farm to School grant to start a new program that allowed physically disabled high school students to take pride and ownership in the food they helped grow and later prepare.
Pessure on Paraeducators
Read how special education students and ELLs lead districts to ramp up the training of paraeducators.
Bus Safety Orientation for Parents and Kindergarten Students The best way to ensure bus safety throughout a students school career is to make them feel safe and help them understand bus safety from day one. Read how the Lake Region Non-Teaching Association in Maine does just that.
Arkansas ESP Shares Lessons on Reaching for the Stars
Read what lessons Juain Young, an education support professional from Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas, has learned as an elementary educator.
NEA Foundation ESP Grants
The NEA Foundation offers news about grant resources geared toward ESPs. Visit the Foundation’s website for an overview about grants, FAQs, and an instructional video. On each page, in the top right corner, you’ll find buttons that link directly to the online application.
ESPQ Director, Roxanne Dove, Blog Topics
National Farm to School Network, ESP Blog
Free USDA Health & Safety Publications
Bully Free Resources for ESPs
- Clerical Services/Administrative ESPs Bullying Prevention (PDF)
- Food Services ESPs and Bullying Prevention (PDF)
- Paraeducators and Student-to-Student Bullying (PDF)
- Bus Drivers and Bullying Prevention (PDF)
- Health and Student Services ESPs Bullying Prevention (PDF)
- Custodial and Maintenance Services Bullying Prevention (PDF)
Click here for more bullying resources.
A Day Without Education Support Professionals (ESP)
See for yourself how important every education support professional is to the daily lives of our students and our schools. This poignant video illustrates the value of our work on so many levels. It was produced by Indiana member Mary Neylon.
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