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Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

On March 2, 2015 the US Department of Agriculture issued regulations that create annual training requirements for school nutrition staff. Beginning this July 1, these regulations will apply to most ESPs who work in school nutrition programs. Read NEA ESP Quality Department's new fact sheet with answers to common questions about the new rules.

Additional Information: ESPs and Nutrition

2015 NEA ESP Conference

NEA ESP Conference Highlights 
The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation. The goal of this conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals, and help our members do their jobs better. Review our conference highlights section for a glimpse of how our attendees were empowered to continue to be leaders of their professions.

Additional Resources: 2016 NEA ESP Conference


ESPs Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

NEW: ESP Digibook Released at the 2015 NEA ESP Conference
ESPs meet the needs of students every day in the school community. They are an integral part of educating the whole student. The NEA ESP Quality department unvieled a new online publication at this year's conference highlighting this very work and ESPs role in student success.

Lunch Lady Inspires ESP Superhero Book Series
When a former student imagines a life outside of the serving line for his school's cafeteria worker, great things happen. Read how children's author Jarrett Krosoczka was inspired by his childhood lunch lady to write a series of children's books honoring school cafeteria workers.

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. View the video below to hear how.

ESP Resources at Your Fingertips 
One of the NEA ESP Quality Departmental goals is to provide NEA's ESP members with resources that assist them in elevating their careers. In support of these efforts and our members, we have compiled a list of external professional development resources specific to all of our ESP categories.  Take time to review these resources and begin enhancing your ESP career journey today!

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Click the flyer below to participate in our NEA Paraeducator Institute survey!

ESPQ Director, Roxanne Dove, Blog Topics

Sean Slade, ASCD Director of Whole Child Programs, Blog Topics

ESP of the Year Speaker Request
Interested in requesting our ESP of the Year winner to speak at your conference or state event?

Click here to fill out our request form.

Let's Move Active Schools

Athletes for Hope and Let's Move Active Schools has partnered up to highlight active and healthy schools in area schools. Click here for more information.

National Farm to School Network, ESP Blog

ESP News:

2016 NEA ESP Conference

2015 ESP Conference Highlights

ESP Conference Highlight Archives

ESP of the Year History & Information

ESP Career Resource Center

Free USDA Health & Safety Publications


  • anc_dyn_linksNEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Overview and Guidelines
  • anc_dyn_linksNational Council for Education Support Professionals
  • anc_dyn_linksKey facts about NEA's ESP members
  • anc_dyn_linksESP Jobs
  • anc_dyn_linksESPs: Why Join NEA?
  • anc_dyn_linksThe ESP Quality Department
  • anc_dyn_linksESP Members of the NEA Board
  • anc_dyn_linksThe ESP E-mail List

Bully Free Resources for ESPs

Click here for more bullying resources.


A Day Without Education Support Professionals (ESP)

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's View has been discontinued following the retirement of its author, Dave Arnold. Even though new columns will not be posted, we encourage you to review past columns.