Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

Education Support Professionals (ESPs) school support staff make up one-third of the education workforce. There are 2.9 million ESPs working in our nation’s schools, keeping students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. NEA’s membership includes nearly a half a million Education Support Professionals.

ESPs are employed in basically 9 job categories:

Clerical Services                                        Security Services.                        Skilled Trades

Custodial and Maintenance Services     Food Services                              Technical Services

Health and Student Services                    Paraeducators                             Transportation Services

All adults working in public education have a roll in educating the whole student. ESPs are partners with teachers, administrators, parents and community members working together to promote quality education, foster positive learning environments and meet the social and emotional needs of all students. ESPs are essential to student success.

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