The ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) outlines eight Universal Standards of professionalism within three Levels of Practice to provide opportunities for Education Support Professionals (ESPs) to enhance their professional standing at every stage of their careers.
The Eight Universal Standards
- Cultural Competence
- Health and Safety
The Standards span across all career families and provide ESPs with:
a way to identify skills, knowledge, experience, and responsibility they bring to the job and want to strengthen to better serve their community, students, and school;
the language to describe their value and contributions to the school, district, or worksite with peers, supervisors, and school leadership;
guidance on how to advance their skill set through leadership, mentorship, serving as a peer role model; and
a Standards-based demonstration of skills and knowledge that can be used to bargain for: time, space, and money for professional development; paid professional development; continuing education credits; and movement on a salary scale (e.g., increased pay or stipends).
Implement the PGC Standards into Your Professional Practice
It gives you an opportunity to show your district that you are an important stakeholder in your career development. You can use PGC to bargain, as leverage to increase your salary, or for career advancement. It will cultivate leaders.