Education Support Professionals
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National Day of Action: Our Schools and Our Solutions
On December 9th parents, students, educators and community leaders across the country will raise their hands and demand more for America’s children. On the National Day of Action: Our Schools and Our Solutions communities will demand that those who know students best devise and implement community-driven solutions to tackle the opportunity gaps in American education.
Already, more than 20 states—from California to New Mexico to Iowa to Vermont—have joined the growing chorus of local voices raising their hands and demanding more for the nation’s students.
We have prepared a social media guide to help you engage your members and followers by promoting the Day of Action on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media.
You also can find the social media guidance in the Day of Action toolkit NEA prepared. It’s available here.
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
Bus Drivers Work to Strengthen Trespassing Laws on School Buses
In most states it is against the law for any unauthorized person to board a school bus. In many school districts, to do so can result in jail time and a hefty fine. Read more to find out the bus drivers role in this law.
Common Ground on Common Core
Read how paraeducators fit in as Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented in classrooms across the country.
What Does NEA Have That Others Don't?
Read why three different unorganized groups of ESPs in three different areas of Minnesota voted to be represented by Education Minnesota.
Planning for the New Health Law
Read how Nebraska district officials, school support staff, and Association leaders worked together to address recent changes to the Affordable Care Act.
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!
Should students be deprived of school meals due to their parents’ delinquency to pay their child’s food bill? Dave says emphatically, “No!”
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 --