Education Support-ESP

 A Day Without Education Support Professionals (ESP)
See for yourself how important every education support professional is to the daily lives of our students and our schools. This poignant video illustrates the value of our work on so many levels. It was produced by Indiana member Mary Neylon.

The Heart of Public Schools

Paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, nurses, food service workers, maintenance workers. These Association members work every day to support and maintain quality public schools across Indiana. What do you know about America's nearly 2.2 million education support professionals?

  • Nearly 95 percent plan to stay in education.
  • 74 percent live in the school district where they work.
  • Nearly two thirds (64 percent) have lived in their community for 20 years or more.
  • 41 percent have school-age children.
  • 81 percent plan to stay with current jobs until retirement.
  • 40 percent have been with current employer for at least 10 years.
  • 42 percent have more than 10 years of experience.
  • 54 percent have completed some college; 29 percent have completed trade, vocational, secretarial or technical training.
  • 20 percent regularly take classes or exams to stay in their jobs.
  • 48 percent provide care to students with special needs.
  • 80 percent have responsibility for ensuring student and staff safety. It's the central duty for 40 percent.
  • More than three quarters (78 percent) volunteer their time away from work to one or more community activities or organizations.

Many different jobs fall under the umbrella term of Education Support Professionals (ESPs). The National Education Association (NEA) has identified nine main job groups that include more than 300 categories of ESP positions:

  • Paraeducators. Instructional and Noninstructional Support.
  • Clearical Services. Secretarial, Clerical and Administrative Support.
  • Custoidal and Maintenance Services. Custodial, Building and Grounds Maintenance.
  • Food Services. Food Planning, Preparation and Service.
  • Skilled Trades Services. Trades, Crafts and Machine Operations.
  • Health and Student Services. Nursing, Health and Therapy Support; Community, Family Parent and Welfare Services.
  • Security Services. School Resource, Guard, Police and Security Specialties.
  • Technical Services. Computer, Audiovisual and Language Technical Support; Media, Public Relations, Writing and Art Specialties.

All Education Support Professionals in Indiana are eligible for ISTA and NEA Membership, even if there is no local bargaining unit within the school corporation.

Currently we have 25 local associations throughout Indiana as well as many individual members in school districts that do not offer ESP's Collective Bargaining.