Last updated on October 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm
It’s American Education Week! And part of this week is devoted to celebrating Education Support Professionals, or ESPs. They’re essential partners in public education and can be found in technical services, custodial and maintenance services, paraeducators, food services, clerical services, health and student services, security services and skilled trades. They’re the folks who keep our public schools running.
As Rev. Jesse Jackson stated, “Children need all school workers. A person is not ‘just’ a janitor, not ‘just’ a custodian. Janitors can see children when teachers don’t see them. And bus drivers recognize that children who are disruptive on the bus are likely to be disorderly in the classroom. They are partners in education. We need each other to make this work.”
That’s why this day is so important. National Education Support Professionals Day honors and recognizes the contributions that education support professionals make to public education. Public school support staff represents nearly half of all employees within school districts across the nation.
Back in 1987, the National Education Association Representative Assembly wanted a special way to honor the contributions of public school support staff. National Education Support Personnel Day was established and celebrated that same year.
In 2002, the National Education Association’s National Council of Education Support Professionals campaigned to change the official name of the day to Education Support Professionals.
Why the name change? It’s important because it reflects the growing pride in the vital role of education support professionals in our public schools. They provide invaluable services that provide students with a positive and supportive environment.
For ideas on how you can celebrate and spread awareness of this special day, visit National Education Association’s website.
Teachers’ Insurance Plan of NJ would like to take this time to thank all education support professionals, not just in New Jersey, but across the nation, for their support and dedication to ensuring student success! Got a great story to tell about the education support professionals in your community? Let us hear it below!