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ESP Publications and More


The NEA ESPQ Department offers a variety of publications designed to support and elevate the careers of Education Support Professionals in all career categories.

Below is a list of our most current publications.


Who.We.Are ESP: ESP are critical members of the education workforce.  They meet the needs of the whole student, ensuring that students achieve at their highest levels.  This folder brochure promotes an understanding of the 9 ESP career families and provides data and statistics about NEA ESP members working in K-12 and higher education.


ESP Respect Posters:
These posters include photo images of NEA ESP members at work, displaying the character, strength and passion that come with being an ESP. We respect Education Support Professionals as educators and for ensuring that students are always ready to learn.  The posters come in packets of 9.  The front of each poster represents a member from one of the 9 ESP career families while the back showcases a photo collage of all 9 career families.


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ESP: Supporting Our Own Through Mentoring:
  The rapid changes in our world today have made education an increasingly demanding and complex environment. And while much of the responsibility for these increasingly complex demands fall on ESP, they still often have little to no professional support. That is why formal ESP mentoring programs are more important than ever. The ESP: Supporting Our Own Through Mentoring manual is designed to assist state and local Associations and/or school districts/universities to plan and implement mentoring programs for ESP. It includes sections on why mentoring is important for ESP; the benefits of mentoring for mentors, mentees, and schools/universities; things to consider when setting up a mentoring program; and sample tools and forms. Three sample mentoring programs from around the country are discussed in detail, and sample mentoring contract language and memoranda of understanding are also included.


ESP Organizing Toolkit:
This ESP Organizing Toolkit  (PDF, 178 pgs.) is designed for State and Local Affiliates and their members implementing engagement campaigns. These resources provide a framework for organizing; these successful tactics emerged from the experience of implementing a local engagement program in many NEA state affiliates and locals.


ESP Voice and Opportunity in ESSA: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides ESP a voice for input into school decision-making, as well as opportunities for professional development and program funding. ESP Voice and Opportunity in ESSA is designed for the busy ESP advocate who needs to know the key areas where ESSA may be used for positive impact. 


ESP: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student DIGIBOOK:
Meeting the needs of the whole student requires an ecological approach, in which the whole school and whole community come together for the whole student.  ESP play a crucial role in this holistic approach to education. The ESP: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student Digibook illustrates how ESP keep students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged, ensuring their success for school and in life.  This resource is full of inspiring member stories, informative statistics/infographics, as well as articles by some of the leading experts in the whole child field.


ESP: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student Bullying Prevention Brochure:
The whole school must be involved in bullying prevention. Bullying occurs in and outside of the classroom. Bullying happens in bathrooms, hallways, school buses, outdoor common areas and the cafeteria. It also occurs in all areas of college and university campuses. These are areas where ESP work and are present for students. ESP: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student Bullying Prevention Brochure resource advocates for ESP inclusion in school bullying training and informs how ESP can intervene in bullying, meeting the needs of the whole student.


ESP Perspectives on Bullying:
This series is based on findings from NEA’s 2010 Nationwide Study of Bullying: Teachers and ESP Perspectives and the 2012 National ESP Survey. The 4‐page Perspectives present data by career family and provides practical tips on what ESP can do to prevent or intervene in bullying situations.


Making Connections: Engaging Members in Building Community Support:
ESP live where we work and we are valuable community members. This manual lays out an approach and provides tools to develop strong community connections and support for ESP and the Association. In order to achieve our goals: gaining recognition and respect for the work we do, improve working conditions, protect our jobs against privatization, and ensure fair pay, we must enlist the support of our communities. 

This resource is only available to NEA members and must be ordered by sending a request to esp.program@nea.org.


Let’s Learn about ESP Coloring Book
: ESP keep students safe, healthy, and engaged so they are ready to learn. This coloring book introduces young children to each of the 9 ESP career families and educates them on how ESP work in their schools to ensure their success. The coloring book is packed with pages to color, games to play, and areas in which to draw. This coloring book is also available in Spanish, but in limited quantities.


A Guide to Celebrate National Education Support Professionals Day:
A Guide to Celebrate National Education Support Professionals Day (PDF, 314KB, 22 pgs.) contains ideas for celebrating National ESP Day including tips on media outreach, sample proclamations, letters to the editor, news releases, PSAs and more.


ESP: Ensuring Student and School Success Hand Out Card: 
ESP ensure the basic right of every student to attend a great public school. The front of the ESP: Ensuring Student and School Success Hand Out Card (PDF, 2 pgs.) shows ESP working together. The back has additional information on how ESP contribute to great public schools for every student. The card has additional space for labeling and postage.


ESP: School Superheroes Hand Out Card: 
ESP are unsung heroes that ensure and promote student safety. The front of the ESP: School Superheroes Hand Out Card (PDF, 2 pgs.) shows 3 ESP superheroes protecting their students. The back has additional information on how ESP contribute to school safety. The card has additional space for labeling and postage.


ESP: Ensuring Student and School Success Learning Poster: 
ESP meet the needs of the whole student —physical, mental, emotional, and social. The front of the ESP: Ensuring Student and School Success Learning Poster (PDF, 2 pgs.) poster shows each of the 9 ESP career families. The back of this brightly-colored poster is divided into 9 panels with each panel devoted to various facts about each ESP career family.


Celebrate ESP Day Learning Poster:
 National ESP Day honors the contributions ESP make to public education. It is celebrated on the Wednesday of American Education Week. The front of the Celebrate ESP Day Learning Poster (PDF, 2 pgs.) shows each of the 9 ESP career families and the back of this brightly-colored poster includes excerpts from A Guide to Celebrate National Education Support Professionals Day.


ESP School Superheroes: Keeping Students and Schools Safe Learning Poster: 
In recognition of the vital link between student success and school safety, we have created this two-sided learning poster. The front of the ESP School Superheroes: Keeping Students and Schools Safe Learning Poster (PDF, 2 pgs.) shows 3 ESP superheroes protecting their students. The back of this brightly-colored poster includes text from HIN's School Crisis Guide, Guide for Developing High-Quality Schools; and emergency operations plans released by the U.S. departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, and Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Beat Privatization: A Step
byStep Crisis Organizing Manual: When a school district is already considering contracting out for services, it’s too late to develop a pro‐active anti‐privatization campaign. The local must organize and act immediately! When it is necessary to react to a privatization crisis, Beat Privatization provides the tools necessary to organize the reaction into an offensive action plan for the local and its members.

This resource is only available to NEA members and must be ordered by sending a request to esp.program@nea.org.


Making the Grade? Questions to Ask About School Services Privatization: A Publication of In the Public Interest:
This guide spells out important questions for decision makers to consider when faced with a proposed privatization effort. Advocates, including ESP, teachers, parents, and members of the community, can use these questions to ensure that decision makers keep students’ and the broader district’s best interest at the heart of these conversations. While this is not an exhaustive list, it provides a framework for evaluating school services privatization.

This resource is only available to NEA members and must be ordered by sending a request to esp.program@nea.org.



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Exclusive for Education Support Professionals: NEA Member Benefits: The Exclusive for Education Support Professionals: NEA Member Benefits (PDF, 235k, 2 pgs.) brochure showcases benefits available to NEA members.

Legal Actions Against Educational Support Personnel (ESP): The Legal Actions Against Educational Support Personnel (ESP) . . .Who Pays? brochure provides information on the Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program which covers Association members in the event of liability arising from educational employment activities or duties.

The ESProfessionals: An Action Guide to Help You in Your Professional Development: The manual The ESProfessionals: An Action Guide to Help You in Your Professional Development (PDF, 2.1 Mb, 95 pgs.) provides professional development ideas, best practices and resources to help ESP do what you already do well, even better.

Common Core State Standards and ESP: All ESP can be included and assist in the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Common Core State Standards and ESP (PDF, 2 pgs.) one-pager can show you how.

Repetitive Stress Injuries Handbook: The Repetitive Stress Injuries Handbook (PDF, 38 pgs.) reviews the causes of repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) for bus drivers, clerical workers, custodians, food services workers, and other ESP. It also explains what can be done to prevent these common and serious on-the-job injuries.


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For more information regarding our publications, e-mail esp.program@nea.org or call 202-822-7131.

If you are an NEA member and would like to request print copies of our publications, email esp.program@nea.org. Please include the contact information, mailing address, the exact title of the publications you are requesting, quantities, and the required date of delivery.  P.O. Boxes are not accepted.