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Education Support Professionals

We’re NEA ESPs and Proud of It!

The most recent national ESP Day celebration took place November 19, 2014 in Woods Creek, Utah at Odyssey Elementary School. Below is an ESP Day highlights video of the event that we are sure you will enjoy. Continue to show that you appreciate your ESPs by regularly thanking them 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. 

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

National Farm to School Network, ESP Blog

ESP News:

2015 NEA ESP Conference

2015 ESP of the Year Applications

ESP Career Resource Center

2014 ESP Conference Highlights

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

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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.

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