Education Support Professionals
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National Day of Action: Our Schools and Our Solutions
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!
VIDEO: 2014 NEA ESP of the Year Winner Acceptance Remarks
Listen to our 2014 NEA ESP of the Year Award winner, veteran educator Paula Monroe of California, as she gives her acceptance remarks.
2014 NEA ESP of the Year Award Winner Announced
Congratulations to former NEA Executive Committee member Paula Monroe for being nominated as the 2014 NEA ESP of the Year Award recipient and becoming the 23rd NEA ESP to recieve this prestigious award.
Educators Make a Case for Minimum Wage Increase
"It’s the first time in my 20 years with NEA that I know of an ESP testifying before Congress,” said NEA ESPQ Director Roxanne Dove, referring to food service worker Edith Kimball, who recently urged members of the Senate Budget Committee to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act. The legislation would incrementally raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
Help Pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. Dave Arnold urges ESPs to support raising the minimum wage by contacting their congressional representatives through NEA’s Legislative Action Center and to fill out the Share Your Story form.
Raising Families on Low Wages 'Not Easy' for ESPs
Many Education Support Professionals work full-time and don’t earn a living wage. Read how the Minimum Wage Fairness Act would impact the lives of these invaluable school employees who touch the lives of students daily.
Aging School Kitchens Undermine Healthy Meal Preparation
A new report states only one in 10 school districts surveyed (12 percent) have kitchen equipment needed to serve nutritious and appealing meals to students. Read how schools are forced to improvise.
Protecting ESPs Who Are Threatened for Refusing Unsafe Work
Read what kind of hazardous work goes beyond the training of most custodians and why the New Jersery Education Association (NJEA) is pushing back for proper training and equipment for their ESP members.
Common Ground on Common Core
Read how paraeducators fit in as Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented in classrooms across the country.
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.
Let's Move! Active Schools
First Lady Michelle Obama's call for school champions to sign up at LetsMoveSchools.org to help all students get active is still sounding across the nation. Read the fact sheet to find out more about how to get your school involved. Click the link above to read the original press release.
ESP Virtual Career Resource Center
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.
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.
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 --