NJEA has a proud, historical record of achievement in promoting, protecting and organizing the careers and interests of educational support professionals. NJEA continuously strives to safeguard and advance the professional interests, training, job security, and pension and health benefits of its educational support professionals. From the local to the national level, NJEA has led the way for ESP in organizing over 53,000 ESP members, negotiating contract improvements and achieving legislation in all areas of terms and conditions of employment.
Educational Support Professionals:
We’re Essential; We Matter
Educational Support Professionals (ESPs) provide essential services that ensure a safe, clean, efficient, and caring environment for the students who attend New Jersey’s great public schools. Learn more about the work they do, the impact they have on their schools and their communities, and how privatization shortchanges everyone. >> Download poster
The NJEA Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year will be honored at the 40th annual NJEA ESP Conference held Jan. 31- Feb. 2 at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset. NJEA will also confer the ESP Career Achievement and Friend of ESP awards there.
The deadline to make a nomination for either the Friend of ESP Award or Career Achievement Award is December 6 (See below). Download the registration form with full workshop descriptions and conference schedule. Preregistration is required by Jan. 3.
Award nominations deadline approaching
ESP Career Achievement
This award is given to a currently employed NJEA member and ESP association advocate who has been employed for a minimum of 10years in public education. The winner will have demonstrated a successful, long-term professional dedication and success to his/heremployment position. Learn more
Friend of ESP
The NJEA Friend of ESP Award can be bestowed upon any person or organization whose leadership, acts, dedication, commitment, and support on the statewide level have proven that person or organization to be a true friend of and advocate for ESP and their contributions to public education and students. An individual recipient need not be an American citizen, but he or she should reflect the philosophy and principles of NJEA. Individual nominees may be public or private citizens, and selection of finalists will be made regardless of age, sex, race, color, or creed. If any individual nominee is eligible for active NJEA membership, such membership is a requirement. Learn more
Governor denies ESPs job protections
On August 19, Gov. Christie vetoed S-1191, NJEA’s ESP rights bill which sought to provide job protections when subcontracting is threatened. Learn more
NJEA ESP highlighted on BEN-FM
NJEA and BEN-FM have partnered to educate the public about the important role Educational Support Professionals play in our schools and in our communities. Each month, BEN-FM will feature an NJEA ESP member in a 60-second radio ad talking about the contributions they make in their students’ education. Learn more
Making every day Educational Support Professionals Day
In these challenging times, it is more important than ever for ESP to educate the public about the valuable work they do in New Jersey’s public schools, and communities. That’s why NJEA is providing resources to help ESP share their stories with the public. Most of these documents can be personalized to meet the needs and goals of your local association. Read more