Education Support Professionals

Mentoring Programs Give ESPs Stronger Voice – Education Article

Nineteen local Association teams from the 2020 ESPs Supporting Our Own Through Mentoring training, facilitated by Judy Near, Kathy Ellis, Quanyet Gibbs, and Olive Giles. Everyone has first day jitters, but for many, jitters can quickly escalate into to first day fright when they start a job with absolutely no training or guidance. That’s been the trend for education support professionals (ESPs), many of whom start their first day of school with only a few introductions and maybe a perfunctory…

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Paraeducator Raises Funds for Students Affected by Puerto Rico Earthquakes – Education Article

Mary Ann Rivera (center) and volunteers sort through donations for victims of Hurricane Maria at a local church. Students in Puerto Rico were supposed to return to school in early January after winter break, but after hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the island, dozens of schools, buildings, homes, and businesses were reduced to piles of cement blocks and rubble. The series of tremors, which started December 28 and reached a fever pitch with a massive 6.4 quake January 7,…

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School Secretary’s Sense of Pride Captures the Spirit of ESP Day – Education Article

School secretary Nila Brown with two students at Crofton Woods Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, MD. In September of 1977, Jimmy Carter was President of the United States and the cost of a gallon of regular gas was $0.62. The top song on the charts was “Best of My Love” by The Emotions and the first episode of the long-running hit TV show Love Boat aired on ABC. It was also the start of a new school year and…

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50 Years After Stonewall: LGBTQ Pride in America’s Schools – Education Article

NEA EdJustice Resources and stories for creating safe, affirming schools for LGBTQ students. Take Action: Tell the Senate to Pass the Equality ActMore than half the states in the U.S. lack fully inclusive non-discrimination protections, leaving millions of people subject to potential discrimination in their daily lives. NEA’s Read Across America CalendarEducator-recommended, age-appropriate titles that explore identity and can blend effectively into existing classroom activities and units of study. NEA Center for Social Justice TrainingsDesigned for all NEA members, particularly those…

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Serving the Whole Child Involves Every Educator – Education Article

Meeting the needs of the whole child in our nation’s public schools requires an integrated approach to include social, emotional, and academic learning. And the federal government wants to help the cause to the tune of $260 million. “It’s not like you can do just one of these,” said Jessica Cardichon, a director with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), which sponsored a recent discussion at the U.S. Capitol titled, How Federal Policy Can Empower States and Communities to Provide Whole…

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ESP National Award Seeks Congressional Approval – Education Article

A bill introduced during the first week of the new Congress directs the Secretary of Education to establish an award that acknowledges the role education support professionals (ESP) play in promoting student achievement, ensuring student safety, and helping to establish a healthy school climate in grades preK-12. Although the RISE (Recognizing Inspiring School Employees) Award Program bill (H.R. 276) arrives on Capitol Hill amid intense gridlock, strong support from the bill’s sponsor, Democrat Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada, and 21…

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Delaware ESPs Ready to Collaborate With State Lawmakers, Open Doors – Education Article

As legislators with the Delaware General Assembly begin the new legislative season this month in Dover, Amanda Gerardi and Tameka Mays are watching and waiting. The new co-chairs of the Delaware State Education Association’s (DSEA) Education Support Professional (ESP) Task Force are also meeting in January with DSEA staff and other ESPs to discuss training programs, pay scales, workplace and policy issues affecting ESPs statewide. “They are going to look at education policies and make recommendations to the DSEA executive…

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