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Education Support Professionals

To ensure a great public education for every student, education support professionals (ESPs) want and deserve high-quality professional learning and supports at every stage of their careers.
Becky Thompson

Education support professionals (ESPs) make a positive impact on the lives of students throughout their time in school and beyond. ESP's play a key role in ensuring student success, and their impact is even stronger when there are clear expectations, when they are valued, and when they have opportunities for professional growth throughout their careers.

Education support professional members are an important part of Iowa's public education team. They include school secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodial staff, food service workers, and bus drivers. Without ESP members, kids wouldn't get extra help and attention, the bell wouldn't ring, the busses wouldn't run, and the schools wouldn't be safe and clean.  Nationwide, ESP members number one-half million and growing, making up more than 40 percent of the total K-12 education workforce.  ESP members are critically important to the school community.


We work with ESPs to create learning opportunities and supports for them to elevate their professional excellence throughout their careers.


ESPs need protection from layoffs and privatization, which are threats to the entire school community.


Through the annual award, we recognize the contributions that Education Support Professionals make toward their schools, communities, and professions.


Leading in our schools, communities, and state.

The Iowa State Education Association works to promote, advance, and protect public education, the education profession, and the rights and interests of our members. When you join the ISEA, you’re joining forces with the power and influence of 3.2 million members nationwide.