education support professionals

Andrea Beeman (left), Matthew Powell, and Kimberly Scott-Hayden have helped implement the ESP Professional Growth Continuum.(PHOTO: Andrea Kane) It’s common knowledge amongst educators that professional development for education support professionals (ESPs) is largely non-existent or irrelevant, if offered at all. Whether five or 20 years on the job, ESPs receive limited access to career learning
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After the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (H.R. 276) by a vote of 387-19 in February, the Senate quickly followed suit with its own unanimous approval in March. “This recognition is way overdue,” said Debby Chandler, president of the National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP), which works within
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Shielding her students against a storm of gunfire is something Andrea Beeman hopes she will never experience. It is gut-wrenching to even ponder, says Beeman, a paraeducator at Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio. Contemplating such a deadly scenario is tempered, she says, by knowing her school’s crisis response team includes administrators, teachers,
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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
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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
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Across Washington state, education support professionals (ESP) have negotiated record-breaking contracts that include pay raises from 21.7 percent for nutrition service workers of the Spokane Education Association (SEA) to hourly wage increases that top off at more than $24 in Touchet and $37 in Bridgeport — an 11 percent increase. In the southern part of
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Education Support Professional of the Year Sherry Shaw addresses the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly. (Photo: Scott Iskowitz) Following a video introduction by one of her students from Tanaina Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska, Sherry Shaw confidently took the stage Monday at the NEA Representative Assembly. Not only did she hold a copy of the speech
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ESP members of the Loudoun Education Association rally for a living wage at a board of supervisors public hearing. (Photo: Philippe Nobile) In protest of low pay and cuts to education funding, education support professionals (ESP) in Virginia’s Loudoun County organized a campaign last December they called, “A Push for Living Wage.” Their objective: An
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When 450 members of the Education Support Personnel Association (ESPA) in Palatine, Illinois, staged a strike last October at 20 locations, they were confronted with a judge’s temporary restraining order for 168 striking members to return to work at Palatine School District 15. The judge stated that their absence could cause a “clear and present
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Paraeducator Marcell Branch is frank about the tribulations of his past. Working with students who have emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), who are at risk of dropping out of school, or otherwise have a chip on their shoulder, Branch often draws on his own history of unsavory experiences to connect with them. “I hold them accountable
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The brash board member seemed pleased with himself after announcing at a Pennsbury School District board meeting in Pennsylvania that he intended to “outsource all bus driver jobs and break PESPA at any cost,” recalls Donna Abrescia, a Pennsbury school bus driver and member of the Pennsbury Education Support Professionals Association (PESPA). “When he said,
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Lamar Butler, left, and his wife Rosa settle in with their children at the Twin Lakes Elementary School’s storm shelter in preparation for Hurricane Irma, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP) As Hurricane Harvey charged into Port Arthur, Texas, 90 miles east of Houston, Wren Lloyd was one
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Teacher Gloria Morales (left) and paraeducator Monica Anderson can “finish each other’s sentences,” according to Principal Edith Lefler. They guide their students at Twin Lakes Elementary School in Tampa, Fla., with a soft touch. Teacher Gloria Morales and paraeducator Monica Anderson take turns leading their preK class in song: We wish you well we wish
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