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.
ESP PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
We work with ESPs to create learning opportunities and supports for them to elevate their professional excellence throughout their careers.
JOB & CAREER SECURITY
ESPs need protection from layoffs and privatization, which are threats to the entire school community.
ESP OF THE YEAR AWARD
Through the annual award, we recognize the contributions that Education Support Professionals make toward their schools, communities, and professions.