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Education Support Professionals Day

Let's honor ESPs by recognizing their contributions to school communities and advocating for the professional respect they deserve.
Published: 10/2020

Take Action on ESP Day

National ESP Day is November 18, 2020! Join NEA and schools across the country during American Education Week as we show appreciation for our nation’s amazing school support staff. Every year since 1987, we have celebrated their dedication and commitment to education, but this year, we have seen ESPs go well beyond anything we have seen before. During this pandemic, ESPs have been busy passing out meals to their communities, sanitizing school buildings, maintaining proper HVAC systems, supporting distance learning, making phone calls to check on students, and so much more. Whether our schools are virtual, in-person, or a mix of both, ESPs are helping to ensure students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Even if you only have 30 seconds to spare, you can show support for your ESPs by taking the actions below.

Happy Education Support Professionals Day

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If you have 1 minute...

Give a social media shout out to ESPs who have been going above and beyond to help students and their school communities during this pandemic. Get creative through photos, videos, and more! 

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If you have 10 minutes or more...

  • Write an Op-ed or Letter to the Editor to share stories of ESP impact and why ESPs deserve better pay, PPE, access to cleaning supplies, and other resources to ensure safe and healthy environments for students and staff during this pandemic.   
     
  • Contact your local Board of Education to encourage action in support of ESP affiliates in the middle of bargaining.
    • You can take action now to help JESPA, a workforce of ESPs in Jeffco Public School District, CO, fight for increased staffing, ongoing pay raises, and a cost of living adjustment this year. Take Action >
       
  • Attend NEA’s upcoming webinar, Fighting Privatization in a Time of Crisis, on Thursday, Nov. 19, to learn how to protect ESPs against privatization in your school districts. Register now >
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“ESP members are the glue that holds our schools and communities together. I want our nation to remember that education support professionals worked tirelessly when our students needed us the most.”
Quote by: Andrea Beeman, 2020 NEA ESP of the Year

#WeLoveOurESPs

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