Every 5 years, the NEA conducts in-depth surveys of the ESP membership, both those employed in K-12 and Higher Education. Here are some key findings of the 2012 K-12 ESP study:

  • Nearly half (48%) of all K-12 ESP members are paraeducators. Clerical services ESP are 16% of the membership, Transportation Services 11%, Food Services 10%, and Custodial Services 7%. For more about the 9 K-12 ESP job groups, go to "ESP Jobs."
  • 80% of K-12 ESP work full-time.
  • 72% have their their worksite located in a school building. The rest work in central offices, maintenance facilities, special education centers, etc.
  • K-12 ESP's are committed to their careers and their employers. They average 11.5 years in the ESP workforce, and 67% plan to keep their current jobs. They have an average of 10.8 years with their current employer.
  • ESP's are actively engaged in insuring the safety of students. 59% have witnessed bullying behavior, and 89% of these have intervened or tried to stop it. Likewise, 45% have witnessed school violence, and 85% of these have intervened or tried to stop it.
  • 75% of K-12 ESP's live within the boundaries of the school districts where they are employed.
Educational Support Professionals

Educational Support Professionals: We're Essential. We Matter.

Published on Friday, November 15, 2013

Educational Support Professionals (ESP) Day is Wednesday, Nov. 20 - a time to recognize those individuals who provide invaluable services to our schools. ESPs provide essential services that ensure a safe, clean, efficient, and caring environment for the students who attend New Jersey's great public schools. Watch the video below to learn more about the work they do, the impact they have on their schools and their communities, and how privatization shortchanges everyone.

ESP Conference inspires advocates

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. Go to the ESP page for more information and nomination forms. Download the registration form with full workshop descriptions and conference schedule. Preregistration is required by Jan. 3.

ESP Academy provides online professional development

NJEA is committed to the continued professional development of all of its members. That’s why we created the ESP Career Academy, which will equip ESP members with the skills they need to excel in their diverse careers.

ESP career enhancement strategies for locals

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. Learn more

Pinch Hit for an ESP

Did you know that the NJEA program Teacher for a Day, which invites members from the community such as the mayor, council people, board members, and business owners to spend a day at school in the shoes of a teacher, has an ESP counterpart? Pinch Hit for ESP is the  which provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the work you do.

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