ESP Member Resources

ESPs are 510,000 strong and the fastest growing membership group in the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association. Education Support Personnel are an intricate part of our public school system. ESP members educate and support our students every day and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed in our schools and classrooms. Lets face it, in most cases ESPs are the first faces students see each morning and the last faces they see when they go home. What you do each day matters and makes a difference in the lives of our students.

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ESP Professional Development Training

ESPs IN ACTION 2019-20




What You’ll Learn You will learn how to use The Universal Standards and Levels of Practice to reflect on current levels of skills and knowledge, and map out the area(s) that can be strengthened or improved upon in order to move along the continuum of professional growth.Who Should Apply

  • Education Support Professionals

This stack provides states, local education agencies, and individuals the ability to choose different routes that meet the specific needs and interests of their school community. In this way, the full benefit of the time and skills of ESP can be realized for the students and educators with whom they serve.

IMPORTANT NEA ESP Publication Resources

The NEA ESPQ Department offers a variety of publications designed to support and elevate the careers of Education Support Professionals in all career categories. ESP publications are designed to support ESP professional growth, and to help bring recognition to ESP careers and the impact they have on the education of the whole student.

Who.We.Are ESP: ESP are critical members of the education workforce.  They meet the needs of the whole student, ensuring that students achieve at their highest levels.  This folder brochure promotes an understanding of the 9 ESP career families and provides data and statistics about NEA ESP members working in K-12 and higher education.


ESP: Supporting Our Own Through Mentoring:  The rapid changes in our world today have made education an increasingly demanding and complex environment. And while much of the responsibility for these increasingly complex demands fall on ESP, they still often have little to no professional support. That is why formal ESP mentoring programs are more important than ever. The ESP: Supporting Our Own Through Mentoring manual is designed to assist state and local Associations and/or school districts/universities to plan and implement mentoring programs for ESP. It includes sections on why mentoring is important for ESP; the benefits of mentoring for mentors, mentees, and schools/universities; things to consider when setting up a mentoring program; and sample tools and forms. Three sample mentoring programs from around the country are discussed in detail, and sample mentoring contract language and memoranda of understanding are also included.

ESP Organizing Toolkit-
Iis designed for State and Local Affiliates and their members implementing engagement campaigns. These resources provide a framework for organizing; these successful tactics emerged from the experience of implementing a local engagement program in many NEA state affiliates and locals.

ESP Voice and Opportunity in ESSA- 
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides ESP a voice for input into school decision-making, as well as opportunities for professional development and program funding. 

ESP: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student DIGIBOOK: Meeting the needs of the whole student requires an ecological approach, in which the whole school and whole community come together for the whole student.  ESP play a crucial role in this holistic approach to education. The ESP: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student Digibook illustrates how ESP keep students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged, ensuring their success for school and in life.  This resource is full of inspiring member stories, informative statistics/infographics, as well as articles by some of the leading experts in the whole child field.

ESP: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student Bullying Prevention Brochure-
Resource advocates for ESP inclusion in school bullying training and informs how ESP can intervene in bullying, meeting the needs of the whole student.

ESP Perspectives on Bullying: This series is based on findings from NEA’s 2010 Nationwide Study of Bullying: Teachers and ESP Perspectives and the 2012 National ESP Survey. The 4‐page Perspectives present data by career family and provides practical tips on what ESP can do to prevent or intervene in bullying situations.

New!! Online Membership Enrollment Form

IEA is an association of more than 135,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. The IEA was founded in 1853 to serve the interest of public education in Illinois. The IEA became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857, an organization currently totaling 3.2 million teachers and school employees working to make our good public schools even better for all students.