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Education Support Professionals

Education support professionals are the unsung heroes of our public schools.
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Education support professionals (ESPs) – paraprofessionals, food service workers, nurses, classroom aides, technicians, custodians, administrative assistants and so many other professionals – keep our schools running and our students learning. ESPs keep students physically and emotionally healthy and safe, engage students so they feel connected to their school community, and support students who require extra assistance. Unfortunately when school districts make budget cuts, ESPs are some of the first positions targeted.

Learn more about the issues ESPs face nationally

NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum

ESPs play a key role in ensuring student success, and their positive impact can be enhanced when there are clear expectations, when they are valued, and when they have opportunities for professional growth. To help ESPs reach their professional potential, NEA developed the ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC). The PGC provides clear pathways for professional learning and growth throughout the careers of ESPs.

Learn about the ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC)

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I'm a heating and plumbing specialist for the Lower Kuskokwim School District. If there's no heat, water, or sanitation running, there’s no school. Being a member of NEA-Alaska is important and a good learning experience for me, and I think it helps the kids a lot.
Quote by: Samuel Jackson Jr., ESP, Bethel
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NEA-Alaska ESP Spotlight

Education support professionals are the unsung heroes of our public schools. Julia Walker’s work, like the work of all ESPs, isn’t easy. But, she finds it deeply rewarding. Watch to learn more about this Kodiak, AK Paraeducator.

Reach. Teach. Inspire.

NEA-Alaska advocates for an excellent public education for each child in Alaska and advances the interests of public school employees.