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ESPs on Political and Union Involvement
ESPs reflect on the importance of political and union involvement in their workplace and community.

Education Support Professionals Critical to Student Success
Education Support Professionals are inseparable partners with teachers in the success of students in public schools. In Priority Schools especially, the fact that a majority of ESP live in the communities where they work provides parents a critical link to the schools. Hear from ESP leaders as they discuss the role of their colleagues in the schools.

ESP Issues - National Coverage Articles

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   ESP Day Video Coverage

Pressure on Paraeducators
Read how special education students and ELLs lead districts to ramp up the training of paraeducators.

Despite Political Battle, Schools Forge Ahead With Healthier Lunches
Read how USDA's efforts to push healthier school lunch continue to help students have better health, less absences and increased focus.

Protecting Union Rights
The right to organize and join a union is, for most employees, a fundamental employment protection under federal and state “labor” laws. Check out the collective bargaining factsheets and help your affiliate promote and defend collective bargaining and worker rights.

How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affefct you?
Read the 5 most important things you need to know about the ACA that apply to your age group, family and culture. State by state fact sheet is also available for review.

The School Day Just Got Healthier
Students can expect benefits from healthier and more nutrious food options in school. Download the free The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit for resources that will help your school prepare for the changes in school meals this year

ESP in NEA Today

With New Roles, School Counselors Are More Indispensable Than Ever
School counselors are vital members of the school community. They are education support professionals who work with teachers, administrators, guardians and students to ensure students thrive. Find out how these ESPs impact student success.

Paraeducators: Key to Classroom Operations
We know ESP say they work in education because they want to make a positive impact on students. Here is a story about four paraeducators from around the country. Read on about how these ESPs work to help students achieve academically and beyond.


2009 ESP of the Year

2009 ESP of the Year
Meet Kathie (in her own words) in this excerpt from WEA¹s video portrait of the 2009 ESP of the Year.

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