Education Support Professionals Day is November 20
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, PSEA joins NEA celebrate National Education Support Professionals Day, part of American Education Week (AEW).
National ESP Day honors the hard work of bus drivers, cafeteria workers, classroom aides, secretaries, custodians, paraprofessionals, buildings and grounds employees, administrative assistants, security service professionals, and others who care for students every day, and provide for their health, safety, and academic achievement.
ESP members make up nearly half of the employees in most school districts, working behind the scenes to ensure our schools run smoothly. PSEA recognizes the dedication, hard work, and contributions of ESP members, and thanks each of them for their invaluable service to Pennsylvania schools and students.
Video: A Day Without ESP
Every ESP member plays an important role in our schools. This video illustrates the value of ESP members to public schools and public education..
ESP Day was first celebrated in 1987, after NEA's Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor the contributions of ESP members.
In 2003, Karen Mahurin, then president of NEA's National Council of Education Support Professional (NCESP) members, led a successful campaign at the NEA Representative Assembly to change the ESP formal name from 'Education Support Personnel' to 'Education Support Professionals.' "The name change to 'professional' acknowledges the major contribution ESPs make to children and public education every day," said Mahurin, a secretary with 22 years of experience. "We impact the lives of children every day in our own special and professional ways."
The name reflects a growing pride in the valuable role ESPs play throughout America's public schools. Today's support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments. ESPs are equal and essential partners in the education process.
Download ESP Day materials from the AEW Online Toolkit to use for your American Education Week celebrations.