Education Support Professionals
We’re NEA ESPs and Proud of It!
Support the Classified School Employee of the Year Legislation
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to institute a yearly award for the Classified School Employee of the year. Show your support for the National Classified School Employee of the Year Award Act by signing our petition!
Visit edvotes.org/espaward.php and take action!
When Full-Time School Staff Qualify for Public Assistance it's Time to Fight for Professional Pay
Had Marianne Murray taken an entry-level job at a fast food restaurant 20 years ago instead of with West Aurora School District 129 in Illinois as a Principal's office asssitant, she might be earning a living wage by now.
Promise to My Mom
Read how Newtown native paraeductor Jean Faye's promise to her mom has stirred her to continue to fight for safe and nurturing enviroments for all children to learn and increased mental health services for students.
ESP Classroom Superhero
NEA ESP Member Donna West, a child nutrition manager at Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, Alabama, expresses how inviting students to wipe down cafeteria tables, mop up floor spills or tutor other students during breakfast equips students to discover their own strengths of responsibility.
More Money for Locally Grown Foods in School Lunch Program
Texas received permission from the federal government to spend more money to put locally grown foods in school lunch programs. The state will be able to spend $12 million of USDA Foods entitlement money to buy locally grown fresh produce.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced an unprecedented collaboration to bring physical activity back to schools. She is calling for school champions to sign up at LetsMoveSchools.org to help all students get active. There are a number of partners investing in this program, including $50 million investment from NIKE, Inc. Read the fact sheet to find out more about how to get your school involved. Click the link above to read the press release!
2013 NEA ESP Conference Highlights
Did you miss our 2013 NEA ESP Conference? Check out our conference highlights page to view pictorials, podcasts, keynote speaker videos and much more!
The NEA ESP Virtual Career Resource Center is an online resource accessible to all educators as long as you're a member of NEA. Spread the news to your colleagues and friends by emailing the new ESP Virtual Career Resource Center flyer or by word of mouth. Make sure you sign up today!
Tell Congress to Support the Annual National Classified School Employee of the Year Award Act.
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.
Dave Arnold: This school custodian and former Illinois Education Association ESP of the Year is a published poet. But most Association members know him best from the editorials -- Dave's View --