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NEA Resources for Paraeducators

ESPs: 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 child. ESPs play a crucial role in this holistic approach to education. This digibook illustrates how ESPs 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. This resource is available online by visiting our ESP Whole Student Digibook page.



ESPs: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student Digibook Companion Brochure


NEA ESPQ’s flagship resource, Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student digibook now has a companion brochure! This printed brochure promotes an understanding of how ESPs keep students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, ensuring that students are ready for college, career, and life. While this brochure is meant to complement and generate interest in our more comprehensive resource, the ESP digibook, it can also be used on its own to explain how ESPs meet the needs of the whole student! Lastly, unfold the brochure completely to find a surprise poster on the back!


ESPs: 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 ESPs work and are present for students. This resource advocates for ESP inclusion in school bullying training and informs how ESPs can intervene in bullying, meeting the needs of the whole student.  



Let’s Learn About ESPs Coloring Book


ESPs keep students safe, healthy, and engaged so they are ready to learn. This coloring book introduces young children to each of the ESP job families and educates them on how ESPs 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.


The NEA ESP Quality Department offers a variety of publications designed to support and enhance ESP careers. For more information regarding the publications we offer view our complete publication list. Inquiries on any of our publications can be sent via e-mail, ESP.Program@nea.org, or call 202-822-7131.

PDF versions of some of our most popular publications can be found on our publications page.