Education Support Professionals
We’re NEA ESPs and Proud of It!
2015 ESP of the Year Winner Announced
Congratulations to Janet Eberhardt, paraeducator with the San Francisco Unified School District in California, for being named the 2015 NEA ESP of the Year award winner! Eberhardt joins her predecessors as the 24th national ESP of the Year award winner.
Additional Resource: Press Release Announcement
ESPs Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
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.
Improving Schools: Why Do You Do What You Do?
Sean Slade, ASCD Director of Whole Child Programs, believes every adult in the school community plays a role in creating, bolstering, reinforcing and strengthening the school environment. Read his explanation for why educators do what they do in their various roles within the school community.
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.
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.
ESPQ Director, Roxanne Dove, Blog Topics
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
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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