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HealthySafeEngagedSupportedChallengedwww.nea.orgespwww.nea.orgespwholestudentEDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent NationalEducationAssociationESPDigibookTeamEducationSupportProfessionalQualityJessicaBrinkleyRoxanneDoveGraceHwangFriedmanSaraRobertsonCommunicationsStephenChaversChrisCosenzeNeedtocontactusMailNationalEducationAssociation120116thSt.N.W.Suite618WashingtonDC20036Phone202822-7131EmailESP.Programnea.org EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent3www.nea.orgespTableofContentsAmessagefromthePresidentoftheNationalEducationAssociationAmessagefromtheExecutiveDirectorofASCDTheWholeSchoolWholeCommunityWholeChildModelLetsLearnaboutEducationSupportProfessionalsHEALTHYSAFEENGAGEDSUPPORTEDCHALLENGEDKeepingEducationSupportProfessionalsWholeEducationSupportProfessionalsandBullyingESPsMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent2015NEAEducationSupportProfessionaloftheYearNominees EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent4www.nea.orgespNATIONALEDUCATIONASSOCIATIONTheNationalEducationAssociationisthenationslargestprofessionalemployeeorganizationrepresentingthreemillionelementaryandsecondaryteachershighereducationfacultyeducationsupportprofessionalsschooladministratorsretirededucatorsandstudentspreparingtobecometeachers.NEAOFFICERSLilyEskelsenGarcaPresidentRebeccaPringleVicePresidentPrincessMossSecretary-TreasurerNEAEXECUTIVECOMMITTEEKevinF.GilbertGregJohnsonMauryKoffmanJoycePowellGeorgeSheridanEarlWimanNEAEXECUTIVEDIRECTORJohnC.StocksNEAESPQuality120116thStreetNWWashingtonDC20036-3290202-822-7131www.nea.orgespesp.programnea.orgNopartofthisbookmaybereproducedinanyformwithoutpermissionfromNEAEducationSupportProfessionalsQualityDepartmentexceptbyNEAafliatesormembers.Anyreproductionofthismaterialmustincludetheusualcreditlineandcopyrightnotice.AddresscommunicationstoNEAESPQuality120116thStreetN.W.WashingtonDC20036-3290202-822-7131Emaildirectlytoesp.programnea.org.March2015Copyright2015bytheNationalEducationAssociation EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent5www.nea.orgespTHENATIONALEDUCATIONASSOCIATIONWethemembersotheNationalEducationAssociationotheUnitedStatesarethevoiceoeducationproessionals.Ourworkisundamentaltothenationandweaccepttheprooundtrustplacedinus.OURVISIONOurvisionisagreatpublicschooloreverystudent.OURMISSIONOurmissionistoadvocateoreducationproessionalsandtouniteourmembersandthenationtoulfllthepromiseopubliceducationtoprepareeverystudenttosucceedinadiverseandinterdependentworld.OURCOREVALUESTheseprinciplesguideourworkanddefneourmissionEqualOpportunity.Webelievepubliceducationisthegatewaytoopportunity.Allstudentshavethehumanandcivilrighttoaqualitypubliceducationthatdevelopstheirpotentialindependenceandcharacter.AJustSociety.Webelievepubliceducationisvitaltobuildingrespectfortheworthdignityandequalityofeveryindividualinourdiversesociety.Democracy.Webelievepubliceducationisthecornerstoneofourrepublic.Publiceducationprovidesindividualswiththeskillstobeinvolvedinformedandengagedinourrepresentativedemocracy.Professionalism.Webelievethattheexpertiseandjudgmentofeducationprofessionalsarecriticaltostudentsuccess.Wemaintainthehighestprofessionalstandardsandweexpectthestatuscompensationandrespectdueallprofessionals.Partnership.Webelievepartnershipswithparentsfamiliescommunitiesandotherstakeholdersareessentialtoqualitypubliceducationandstudentsuccess.CollectiveAction.Webelieveindividualsarestrengthenedwhentheyworktogetherforthecommongood.Aseducationprofessionalsweimprovebothourprofessionalstatusandthequalityofpubliceducationwhenweuniteandadvocatecollectively.DedicationThisbookisdedicatedtoDonovanKingourfriendandcolleaguewhodedicatedhislifetoservingothersandmakingtheworldabetterplace.Heworkedtirelesslyforworkerrightsandsocialjusticeandwasadevotedhusbandandfather.Thisbookisalsodedicatedtothenearly500000NationalEducationAssociationEducationSupportProfessionalswhoworkinournationspublicschoolsensuringagreatpublicschoolforeverystudent.SpecialThanksAspecialthankyoutothefollowingstateassociationsorganizationsandindividualswhogenerouslydonatedtimeandresourcestomakeourdigibookasuccess.ASCDformerlytheAssociationofSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopmentMikeWetzelandtheColoradoEducationAssociationDaleFolkertsandtheWashingtonEducationAssociationJeanConleyandtheMassachusettsTeachersAssociation EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent6www.nea.orgespAmessageromthePresidentotheNationalEducationAssociationLilyEskelsenGarcailybelievesinthesacreddutyofalleducatorstobeprofessionalsandtocareforthewholestudentmindbodyandcharacternomatterhowstudentsarriveandnomatterwhattheirlearningconditionstheirhomeconditionsortheirhealthconditions.Andshebelievesthatprofessionalismcarriestherespon-sibilitytotakeactionindividuallyandcollectivelytoghttomakethepromiseofpubliceducationarealityandtopreparethewholeandhappychildtosucceedinbecomingawholeandhappyadult.LilyEskelsenGarcaispresidentoftheNationalEducationAssociationthenationslargestlaborunion.Lilybeganhercareerineducationasaschoollunchladyandnowleadsaprofessionalassociationofthreemillioneducators.SheistherstLatinatoleadtheNEAandisoneofthecoun-trysmostinuentialHispaniceducators.PriortoassumingthetoppostLilyservedtwotermsasNEAVicePresidentandSecretary-Treasurer.LilyisagraduateoftheUniversityofUtahgraduatingmagnacumlaudeinelementaryeducationandlaterearninghermastersdegreeininstructionaltechnology.ShewasnamedUtahTeacheroftheYearin1989.EducationSupportProessionalshaveawealthoknowledgeexperienceideasandpassion.Youarearichhumanresourcethatschoolsandcommunitiescannotafordtowaste.WemusttakeadvantageoallyouhavetooferLilyEskelsenGarca EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent7www.nea.orgespAMessageromtheExecutiveDirectoroASCDormerlytheAssociationorSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopmentJudySeltzJudySeltzisExecutiveDirectorofASCDaglobalcommunitydedicatedtoexcellenceinlearningteachingandleading.Comprising125000memberssuperintendentsprincipalsteachersandadvocatesfrommorethan138countriestheASCDcommunityalsoincludes56afliateorganizations.ASCDsinnova-tivesolutionspromotethesuccessofeachchild.SeltzbecameExecutiveDirectorinJuneafterpreviouslyservingasASCDschiefofcerofconstituentservicesanddeputyexecutivedirector.FormoreinformationaboutASCDvisithttpwww.ascd.orgTHEWHOLECHILDFRAMEWORKISBUILTUPONTHESEFIVETENETS1.EachstudententersschoolHEALTHYandlearnsaboutandpracticesahealthyliestyle.2.EachstudentlearnsinanenvironmentthatisphysicallyandemotionallySAFEorstudentsandadults.3.EachstudentisactivelyENGAGEDinlearningandisconnectedtotheschoolandbroadercommunity.4.EachstudenthasaccesstopersonalizedlearningandisSUPPORTEDbyqualifedcaringadults.5.EachstudentisCHALLENGEDacademicallyandpreparedorsuccessincollegeorurtherstudyandoremploymentandparticipationinaglobalenvironment.EducationSupportProessionalsinallroleshavemadeASCDsWholeChildvisionthateachchildmustbeHealthySaeEngagedSupportedandChallengedakeypartoyourdailystudentinteractions.Theimpactyoumakeonchildreneachdaywillguidethemoryearstocome.JudySeltz EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent8www.nea.orgespWholeSchoolWholeCommunityWholeChildTheWholeSchoolWholeCommunityWholeChildModelWSCCdevelopedandreleasedbytheUSCentersforDiseaseControlCDCandASCDisthenextevolutionforcoordinatedschoolhealthandestablishesamodelforensuringthatstudentsandtheschoolenvironmentarehealthysafeandsupported.EducationSupportProfessionalsESPsplayacrucialroleinensuringthesuccessofeachschoolhealthcomponent.Someoftheactionsareobvious.HealthandstudentserviceESPsarekeyplayersinthecomponentsofCounselingPsychologicalandSocialServicesandHealthServices.FoodserviceprofessionalsaswellascustodialandtransportationstaffplaydistinctrolesinthecomponentsofNutritionEnvironmentalServicesandPhysicalEnvironment.HowevertheroleofESPsimpactallcomponentsandinparticularthecomponentsofCommunityInvolvementEmployeeWellnessandSocialandEmotionalClimate.CommunityInvolvementESPsarefrequentlythemostimmediateanddirectconduitintotheschoolcommunity.ThemajorityofESPsnotonlyworkbutalsoliveinthelocalcommunitywheretheschoolislocated.Additionallytheyfrequentlyservemorethanoneschoolsiteandactasaliaisonbetweenschoolsaswellasbetweenschoolstaffandcommunityagencies.EmployeeWellnessESPswhocatertothehealthandwellbeingofstudentsCounselingPsychologicalandSocialServicesHealthServicesPhysicalEnvironmentalsocatertothewellnessofstaff.Theserolesensurethatthosewhoworkandstudyinthisenvironmentdosowithafocusonhealthandsafety.SocialandEmotionalClimateAllstaffincludingESPsplayakeyroleinestablishingdevelopingandmaintainingconnectionswiththestudentsthemselves.Alladultsintheschoolsettingarecrucialtoestablishingpositiveschoolclimatesandenhancingconnect-ednessbetweenstaffandstudents.Tolearnmoreaboutthismodelclickhere. www.nea.orgespEDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent9LetsLearnaboutEducationSupportProfessionals www.nea.orgespWhyLunchLadiesareheroesLearnmoreatTED.comWewouldnthavebeenlearninginourclassroomsifshehadntbeenfllingourbellies.-JarrettJ.KrosoczkaPhotosbyPaulSpechtREADhowthisESPsuperheroisservingupjustice...andlunch.Getithere EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent11www.nea.orgespHEALTHYEachstudententersschoolhealthyandlearnsaboutandpracticesahealthylifestyle.Tothedoctorthechildisatyphoidpatienttotheplaygroundsupervisorarstbasemantotheteacheralearnerofarithmetic.Attimeshemaybedifferentthingstoeachofthesespecialistsbuttoorarelyisheawholechildtoanyofthem.WhiteHouseConferenceonChildrenandYouth1930EducationSupportProfessionalsESPskeepstudentsphysicallyandemotionallyhealthy.Inorderforstudentstoachieveattheirhighestlevelstheymustrsthavetheirmostbasicneedsmet.Studentswhocannotseetheblack-boardwhosechronicillnessisnotbeingmanagedproperlywhomaysufferfromanundiagnosedmentaldisorderorcometoschoolhungrycannotlearn.Withamajorityofpublicschoolstudentsnowcomingfromlow-incomehomesand22percentofallchildrenintheUnitedStateslivinginpovertyourstudentsareateverincreasingriskforpoorhealth.EverydayineverypublicschoolESPsarekeepingstudentshealthy.Whetheritistheschoolnursewhoattendstosickstudentsthroughoutthedayparaeducatorswhopackbackpackswithfoodforstudentstotakehomeovertheweekendthecustodianwhokeepsanasthma-friendlyschooltheschoolsecretarywhointheabsenceofaschoolnursemustinjectdiabeticstudentswithinsulinthefoodserviceprofessionalwhoensuresthateverychildhasbreakfastwhetherornottheyarelatetoarriveatschoolorthetechnicalserviceprofessionalwhointervenesonthespotwhenachildisbeingbulliedESPsmakesignicantcontributionstothehealthofstudents.Healthisoneofthemajorcausalpathwaystostudentacademicsuccessandyetthislinkageisoftenignored.Formanystudentstheirhealthmaybethemissinglinktotheirsuccess. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent12www.nea.orgespTheChildrensHealthFundispilotinganewprograminthreeNewYorkCityelementaryschoolsservingapproximately2000studentsfromhighpovertycommunities.ThephilosophybehindtheHealthyandReadytoLearnprogramisthatinordertobereadytolearnstudentsneedtobehealthy.Poorvisionpoorlycontrolledasthmahungerdentalpainandmentalandbehavioralproblemsunderminestudentsmotivationattendanceandabilitytolearn.TheseeducationallyrelevanthealthbarriersarethefocusofHealthyandReadytoLearn.Asoneofthemainsocialinstitutionsinoursocietyschoolscanplayacentralroleinaddressingthesehealthproblems.HealthyandReadytoLearnprovidesdirecthealthservicesandfosterslinkageswithexistingcommunityresourcesandalsoentailsteacherandschoolsupportstaffdevel-opmentincreasedparentalawarenessinterestandengagementmorningandafternoonphysicalactivitybreaksandcultivationofstudentsandadultssocialandemotionalskills.AnimportantgoalofHealthyandReadytoLearnisestablishingaschoolcommunitywherestudentsfeelsafesupportedandconnected.Teachersschoolleadershealthandstudentservicesstafffoodservicespecialistscustodiansparaeducatorsclericalandadministrativestaffsecuritypersonnelaswellasthoseresponsiblefortransportationallhaveimportantopportunitiestocontribute.Beinginacleanphysicalenvironmentflledwithchildrensartworkandexhibitsofculturalprideletsstudentsknowtheyarevaluedandhavealottobeproudof.Goodventilationcleancoldwaterandanenvironmentfreeofphysicaltoxinsareallessentialforahealthfulandsafelearningenvironment.Asoneofthemainsocialinstitutionsinoursocietyschoolscannotandshouldnotbeexpectedtotacklehealthbarrierstolearningalone.Solvingtheseproblemsrequirestheinvolvementoffamilieshealthcareproviderscommunityorganizationsgovernmentalpoliciesandinvestmentsmediabusinessesandcorporationsandreligiousandothersolidaritygroups.SchoolSupportStafCanHelpIncreasetheOddsthatChildrenSucceedByCharlesBaschRichardMarchHoeProfessorofHealthandEducationatColumbiaUniversitysTeachersCollegeNeverthelessschoolscanandmustplayacentralroleinaddressingtheunmethealthneedsofyouththatunderminetheirabilitytosucceedinschoolandinlife.ItiswellknownthatwhenpeopleareinvolvedindevelopingandowninganHEALTHYEachstudententersschoolhealthyandlearnsaboutandpracticesahealthyliestyle.1.Ourschoolculturesupportsandreinforcesthehealthandwellbeingofeachstudent.2.Ourschoolhealtheducationcurriculumandinstructionsupportandreinforcethehealthandwellbeingofeachstudentbyaddressingthephysicalmentalemotionalandsocialdimensionsofhealth.3.Ourschoolphysicaleducationschedulecurriculumandinstructionsupportandreinforcethehealthandwellbeingofeachstudentbyaddressinglifetimefitnessknowledgeattitudesbehav-iorsandskills.4.Ourschoolfacilityandenvironmentsupportandreinforcethehealthandwellbeingofeachstudentandstaffmember.5.Ourschooladdressesthehealthandwellbeingofeachstaffmember.6.Ourschoolcollaborateswithparentsandthelocalcommunitytopromotethehealthandwellbeingofeachstudent.7.Ourschoolintegrateshealthandwellbeingintotheschoolsongoingactivitiesprofessionaldevelopmentcurriculumandassessmentpractices.8.Ourschoolsetsrealisticgoalsforstudentandstaffhealththatarebuiltonaccuratedataandsoundscience.9.Ourschoolfacilitatesstudentandstaffaccesstohealthmentalhealthanddentalservices.10.Ourschoolsupportspromotesandreinforceshealthyeatingpatternsandfoodsafetyinrou-tinefoodservicesandspecialprogrammingandeventsforstudentsandstaff.SourceASCDformerlyAssociationforSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopment2013.WholeChildIndicators.ideaandthepoliciesandprogramsthatgowithititisnotonlymorelikelytobeimplementedandsucceedbutitisalsomorelikelytobesustained.Clickheretolearnmore. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent13www.nea.orgespDonnaWestChildNutritionManagerBrownwoodElementarySchoolScottsboroAlabamaSugarsnappeasgotathumbsdownbyarst-gradeclassatBrownwoodElementarySchoolthisweekbutDonnaWestisnotdiscouraged.SheknowsthatherstudentsmaynotlikeeverythingthatsoeredthroughtheschoolsFreshFruitandVegetableprogrambutpartofthebattleisjustintroducingthemtonewfoods.Twiceeveryweekourschoolprovidesfreshfruitsorvegetablestoeveryclassroomduringsnacktime.Thisisseparatefromtheirbreakfastandlunch.WevegivenourstudentspapayaavocadokiwistarfruitmangoesandevenfennelandarugulaDonnasays.Thisprogramisnearanddeartomyheartbecausetheygettolearnabouthealthyeatinganditalsoprovidesforthosewhocantalwaysbringinasnackfromhomeshesays.Thatswhywealwaysmakesuretomixinthenewstuwithhealthyfavoriteslikeredgrapesapplesandcarrots.WeknowtheylleatthoseNextweekonthesnackmenuTangerinesAsexplainedbyMelvaRodgersChildNutritionDirectorScottsboroCitySchoolsthisprogramisfundedbyagrantthroughtheUSDAFreshFruitandVegetableProgram.Theprogramisseenasanimportantcatalystforchangeineortstocombatchildhoodobesitybyhelpingchildrenlearnmorehealthfuleatinghabits.AtBrownwoodElementarySchoolalongwithreceivingahealthysnackstudentslearnwherethefruitorvegetableisgrownthedierentvarietiesthatareavailableandhoweatingthehealthyfruitsandvegetablespromoteshealthybodies.ProflesinHEALTHYEachstudententersschoolhealthyandlearnsaboutandpracticesahealthyliestyle.CarmenHillSchoolNurseGatewayElementarySchoolSt.LouisMissouriCarmenhashadtobeginherworkdayearlierthisyear.SheknowsthesheernecessityofcominginearlybecauseoncetheschooldaystartsCarmenistheonlymedicalprofessionalinherschoolbuildingwhocanprovidemedicalservicestosickstudents.AtatimewhenmoreandmorechildrenwithchronicmedicalconditionsareenrolledinpublicschoolsschoolnurseslikeCarmenarebusierthaneverbefore.ThroughoutthedayCarmenisdispensingmedicationmon-itoringstudentswithasthmadiabetesandsevereallergiesperformingrstaidhelpingchildrenwithADHDorbipolardisorderandattendingtothestudentswithcoughsfeversandsorethroatswhopossiblyshouldnothaveattendedschoolthatday.CarmenalsoassessesstudentsforpossibleabusecounselsstudentsthatarebulliedandevenprovidessnackstothosestudentswhoarejusthungryIusuallybuysomesnacksandcerealtohaveinmyocesoifachildcomesinhungrytheyhavesomethingtoeat.Carmenalsosaysthechildrenhavesuchenormousneedsthatitseasytobecomeoverwhelmedbuttheykeephermotivated.Ihavetotakecareofmykidssotheycangobacktoclassandlearnshesays.Therearemanyschoolsthatdonthaveaschoolnurseatallbutmyschoolisfortunatetohaveaschoolnursefulltime.IfIwasntherewhowouldtakecareofthesickkidsTheotherschoolstawouldhavetoprovidemedicaltreatmentandtheydonotpossessthetrainingneededtodothetaskEachyearCarmenalsoworkswithcommunityfoundationscharitiesandbusinessestogetherkidsthedentalandvisioncaretheyneed.SheteamsupwiththeKidsVision4LifeprogramforvisionscreeningseyeexamsandneweyeglasseswhileGatewayDentalprovidesfreedentalcheckupsandproceduresonsite.ThroughouttheschoolyearHealthyKidsExpresscomestoGatewayElementarytoprovideeducationandresourcesforthechildrenandtheirfamiliessueringfromasthma.Theyalsoprovidefreeasthmasuppliesincludinginhalersandspacers.Carmenisnotonlyconcernedaboutherstudentsphysicalhealth.EveryThursdaynineteengirlsmaketheirwaytoCarmensoceaftertheschooldayends.TheyarepartofGirlsRInc.andunderherleadershiptheygettheextrasupportandencouragementtheyneedtogrowintoindependentandresilientyoungwomen.TherearevecomponentstoGirlsRInc.Theyarebeautyhealthandhygienegrowthanddevelopmentnutritionandexercisefashionandetiquette.Carmenteachesthemboththebigandsmalllessonsinlife.WhetheritsaboutcopingwithstressandangereatingtherightfoodsoreventheimportanceofbrushingyourteetheverydayeachoneofherlessonsmakesanimpactOnerecentlessononpubertywasmetwithreactionsofyuckyandgrossuntilCarmenexplainedthatthechangesandmaturingoftheirbodieswerebeautifulandnatural.IalwayshadgreatmentorsgrowingupsaysCarmen.Imjustgivingback.SowhydoesCarmendoitItssimple.Sheloveschildren.Ivebeenahospitalnursefor38yearsandaschoolnursefor20yearsandIlovetonurtureinboththeschoolandhospitalsettingitspartofmygeneticmake-up.Ilovetoprovidethehugsencouragementandinspirationthatallchildrenneed.PatNicholsonHeadCustodianJacksonParkElementarySchoolBremertonWashington EducationSupportProfessionalsESPsmakeupone-thirdoftheeducationworkforce.SourceNEAK-12ESPMembershipSurveySpring2012andNEAElevatingESPCareersresearchstudy2012.EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent14www.nea.orgespJanisBiancoRetiredSeniorStenographerRondoutValleyCentralSchoolDistrictAccordNewYorkJanisBiancoworkedasaseniorstenographerfortheRondoutValleyCentralSchoolDistrictfor32years.Sheretiredin2012.ThatsameyearsheandotherretirededucatorsandcommunityvolunteersattheRoundoutValleyFoodPantryhelpeddeveloptheBackpackprogramwhichcompilesandsendshomebackpacksfulloffoodforstudentstotakehomeovertheweekends.FromourworkwithstudentsweknewthatmanyRondoutValleychildrenwerenotgettingthefoodtheyneededwhentheywenthomefortheweekendsaidJanis.Thebackpacksincludetwobreakfaststhreeentreesaloafofbreadjuiceboxesacardforagallonofmilkfruitsveggiesandsnacksalongwithsomepersonalcareitemsthatvolunteersfeelwouldbenetthechildren.Webeganwithabout30students.Asoftodayweareupto60studentsthatweserviceinourtwoelementaryschoolsintermediateschoolandjuniorhighschool.Thedemandforthebackpacksisntgoingaway.BelievemeifthereweremorefundsavailablewewouldbedoingmanymorebackpackssaidJanis.Thegroupworkstosecuregrantmoneyandraisefundsthroughdonationsfromareateach-ersschoolsupportpersonnelschoolclubsorganizationsandlocalchurches.Withoutthehelpofthecommunitythisprogramwouldnotexistshesaid.Janisexpressedhowhappythestudentsaretoreceivetheirbackpacks.Theirfamiliesaredoingthebesttheycanwiththehardtimestheyareexperiencingandwearejustputtingoutalittleextrahelpinghandandlovetohelpthemoutshesaid.ChristieThereaultPlanningRoomSupervisorBrattleboroAreaMiddleSchoolBrattleboroVermontTodaywasoneoftheworstdaysatthepsychiatricandaddictiontreatmentcenterwhereChristieThereaultworksasamentalhealthworker.Atthetreatmentcenterschildrensprogramalargeghtbrokeoutamongtenofthechildrenleavingthechargenursewithabrokennose.Workingatcentersliketheseisnotforthefaint-heartedbutChristieisnotfaintheart-ed.Ivebeenkickedandbruisedmanytimes.Thatspartofthepriceyoupayworkinginatreatmentcenter.Thestasupportseachotherandweknowthatitspartoftheriskoftryingtohelpchildrenwithsevereemotionalproblems.Atthecenterchildrenasyoungasvecomefortreatmentforavarietyofemotionalandbehavioralhealthissues.Thesekidsarehurting.Theirbehaviorsaresometimesaresultofmentalillnessandothertimesitsenvironmental.Impassionateaboutworkingwithchildrenbecauseifwecanhelpthemnowmaybetheyhaveabetterchanceinlifeasanadult.TheoldertheygetthemoreentrenchedthesebehaviorscanbecomesaysChristie.ChristiesexperienceatthetreatmentcenteralongwithherdegreeinpsychologyhashelpedherwithensuringtheemotionalhealthofherownstudentsatBrattleboroAreaMiddleSchool.Studentstherealsohavechal-lengesoftheirowntoovercomebuttheyknowMs.T.isalwaysthereforthem.Imlikeabadpenny.Imeverywhere.Iminthecafeteria.Iminthehallways.Imintheclassroom.Imakesuretogototheirdancestooshesays.Recentlywhenaneighthgradercommittedsuicideshewasabletouseherskillsandknowledgetohelpherstudentsthroughtheemotionalcrisis.Christiealongwithtwoschoolcounselorsoperatedthreecrisisroomswherestudentswereallowedtocometogrieveandadjusttothelossoftheirfriend.Wewantedtobeavailabletostudentstositdownandtalktothemorjustlisteninasupportiveway.Itwasalsoimportantforustoletthestudentsknowaboutthepermanenceofwhattheirfrienddid.Thathedidntneedtohavemadethatchoice.WeknewafewofthekidswereemotionallyvulnerableandwewereespeciallyconcernedaboutthemChristiesaid.Christieregularlyputsherprofessionalexpertiseandknowledgetoworkbutsheknowsthatsometimeskidsjustneedsomeonetolistenandpayattentiontothem.Somekidswillseemeandjustwantahug.IhavetotellyouthatsometimesIneedthathugasmuchastheydo.BreakfastintheClassroomandontheBusEverystudentshouldstarttheirdaywithbreak-fast.Ifbreakfastisntservedinyourschoolorisonlyservedinthecafeteriatalkwithyourschoolnutritiondirectorandschooladministratorsaboutstartingaprogram.Manyhungrystudentsmaynotreceivetheirbreakfastduetoaninabilitytogettoschoolearlypressuretogodirectlytotheclassroomuponarrivalatschoolandastigmathatonlylow-incomestudentsgotothecafeteriaforbreakfast.Forbreakfastonthebusbreakfastishandedoutinbrownbagstyletostudentsastheystepontothebus.Studentseatbreakfastduringthetimespentridingtoschoolavoidinguseoftheinstructionalday.Breakfastsareconvenienthand-heldandcanbeenjoyedbeforearrivingatschool.Trashdisposaliseitherlocatedonthebusoratdropo.Tomaketheseprogramssuccessfulyoumustinvolveallaectedemployeesinplanningtheprogrambeforeitisrolledout.WorkingwithcustodialandfoodservicestaisparticularlyimportanttodevelopaplanforkitchenoperationsandpropercleanupandsanitationAdditionalResourcesBreakfastintheClassroomBICProgramBICResourceCenterandBreakfastontheBus. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent15www.nea.orgespSAFEEachstudentlearnsinanenvironmentthatisphysicallyandemotionallysafeforstudentsandadults.Therecanbenokeenerrevelationofasocietyssoulthanthewayinwhichittreatsitschildren.-NelsonMandelaEducationSupportProfessionalsESPskeepstudentsphysicallyandemotionallysafe.Inorderforstudentstoachieveattheirhighestlevelstheymustrsthavetheirmostbasicneedsmet.Fartoomanyofourchildrenliveincommunitieswheresafetyisnotthenorm.Andwhiletheschoolcanbeahavenitisstillultimatelyadirectreectionofthecommunity.Childrenwhoareexposedtoserioussafe-tyriskswhichincludeenvironmentalpollutioncrimeviolenceandabusecannotlearn.Studentswhomustwalktoschoolthroughgang-infestedneighborhoodswhoareLGBTorevenperceivedtobeLGBTandarebulliedandostracizedasaresultandstudentswhoaresurroundedbydrugsandalcoholstruggletolearn.EverydayineverypublicschoolESPsarekeepingstudentssafe.WhetheritistheschoolbusdriverwhoknowstheproperevacuationroutesandsafetyproceduresonthebustheschoolsecuritystaffwhokeeptheschoolcampusfreeofdrugscrimeandillegalsubstancesthetradesstaffwhokeepacleanandsafecampusthestudentservicesprofessionalwholobbiesandadvocatesforgreatermentalhealthresourcesthesecretarywhointervenesinbullyingsituationsnotonlytohelpthevictimbutalsothebullythecustodianwhoisamemberoftheschoolsafetycommitteeortheschoolnursewholooksforredagsforstudentswhomayhaveaneatingdisorderoradrugaddictioninallthesewaysESPsmakesignicantcontribu-tionstothesafetyofstudents.Schoolsafetyandapositiveschoolclimatedonotstartandendattheclassroom.TheycontinueonthebustheplaygroundthehallsandthecafeteriaESPsarepresentthroughoutthewholeschoolkeepingstudentssafe.SometimesESPsmaketheultimatesacriceandputthemselvesinharmswaytoprotecttheirstudentsbutultimatelyitisthedailyandroutinepositiveinteractionsandourbeliefinourstudentsthattheycansucceedthatwillsavethem. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent16www.nea.orgespWeknowthatcertainlocationsinandaroundaschoole.g.bathroomscafeteriasandlockerroomsmaybemoreunsafethanothersandthatstudentsmaybemoreatriskintermsoftheirsafetyjustbeforeandafterschool.Consideringwhatweknowabouttheplacesandtimeswhenstudentsareathigherriskitiscommonsensethatschoolsupportstaffplayakeyroleinschoolsafety.Whetheritisthecomputertechnicalstaffpersonwhorecognizesthataschoolscom-puternetworkisbeingusedforcyberbullyingthebusdriverwhoresolvesaconictbeforeitescalatesintoaghtoracustodianwhomakessurethatdoorstotheschoolbuildingarekeptsecurelylockedfromtheoutsidesupportstaffplayvitalanduniquerolesinpreventingviolenceandkeepingschoolssafe.Thattheycarryoutthisrolesowellisatributetotheirprofessionalismanddedication.HelpingschoolstokeepstudentssafeisachallengethatIfaceasthedirectoroftheOfceofSafeandHealthyStudentsattheU.S.DepartmentofEducation.Andkeepingmyowntwochildrenthird-gradegirlssafeisaworryIhaveincommonwithparentsalloverourcountry.InmyprofessionallifeIhaveavantagepointthatenablesmetobecomfortedbythedatawhichshowthatschoolsaresafernowthantheyhaveeverbeen.AsaparentIamcomfortedknowingthattheentirestaffofdedicatedprofessionalswhoworkinmygirlsschoolaredoingeverythingtheycantoensurethesafetyofmychildrenandallthechildrenthere.Thegoodnewsthatourschoolsareincreasinglysaferistemperedbytheprogressivelycomplexthreatstosafetythatstudentsandstafffaceonadailybasis.Whiletechnolog-icaladvanceshaveenhancedourabilitytoimproveteachingandlearningtheyhavealsoincreasedourchildrensvulnerabilitiesandhastenedtheirentryintoadulthood.Schoolsasself-organizedlearningenvironmentshaverespondedtonewandoldthreatsbywiselyengagingeveryadultintheschoolasequalpartnersintheireffortstokeepstudentssafe.TheRoleoSchoolSupportStafinSchoolSaetyByDavidEsquithDirectoroftheU.S.DepartmentofEducationsOfceofSafeandHealthyStudentsSAFEEachstudentlearnsinanenvironmentthatisphysicallyandemotionallysaeorstudentsandadults.1.Ourschoolbuildinggroundsplaygroundequipmentandvehiclesaresecureandmeetallestablishedsafetyandenvi-ronmentalstandards.2.Ourschoolphysicalplantisattractiveisstructurallysoundhasgoodinternalhallwaysandexternalpedestrianbicycleandmotorvehicletrafficflowincludingforthosewithspecialneedsandisfreeofdefects.3.Ourphysicalemotionalacademicandsocialschoolclimateissafefriendlyandstudent-centered.4.Ourstudentsfeelvaluedrespectedandcaredforandaremotivatedtolearn.5.Ourschoolstaffstudentsandfamilymembersestablishandmaintainschoolandclassroombehavioralexpectationsrulesandroutinesthatteachstudentshowtomanagetheirbehaviorandhelpstudentsimproveproblembehavior.6.Ourschoolprovidesourstudentsstaffandfamilymemberswithregularopportunitiesforlearningandsupportinteachingstudentshowtomanagetheirownbehaviorandrein-forcingexpectationsrulesandroutines.7.Ourschoolteachesmodelsandprovidesopportunitiestopracticesocial-emotionalskillsincludingeffectivelisteningconflictresolutionproblemsolvingpersonalreflectionandresponsibilityandethicaldecisionmaking.8.Ourschoolupholdssocialjusticeandequityconceptsandpracticesmutualrespectforindividualdifferencesatalllevelsofschoolinteractionsstudent-to-studentadult-to-studentandadult-to-adult.9.Ourschoolclimatecurriculumandinstructionreflectbothhighexpectationsandanunderstandingofchildandado-lescentgrowthanddevelopment.10.Ourteachersandstaffdevelopandimplementacademicandbehavioralinterventionsbasedonanunderstandingofchildandadolescentdevelopmentandlearningtheories.SourceASCDformerlyAssociationforSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopment2013.WholeChildIndicators. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent17www.nea.orgespKarenBarnesSchoolBusCoordinatorAustinIndependentSchoolDistrictAustinTexasTheAustinIndependentSchoolDistrictAISDeducatesapproximately85000studentsandembraces129diverseschoolcommunities.AISDalsotransportsthousandsofstudentsalongmorethan370schoolbusroutesdaily.LuckilytheAISDhasESPslikeKarenBarnestoensurethatstudentsaresafewhenridingtoschool.SafetyisKarensprimaryconcern.AsaschoolbuscoordinatorshehasearnedcerticationsfromboththeNationalAssociationofPupilTranspor-tationandtheTexasAssociationofPupilTransportation.Ivebeenworkingforover20yearsinschooltransportationbuttherearestillthingsthatIcanlearnandthekidsdeservetohavepeoplewhowanttodotheverybestpossiblejobforthemsaysKaren.WhileKarendoesntdriveregularlyanymoresheisresponsiblefortheprofessionaldevelopmentandtrainingofthe150schoolbusdriversandthe70to80schoolbusmonitorsattheNelsonBusTerminalinNortheastAustin.ThisincludeseverythingfromteachingappropriateCPRandrstaidproce-durestowheelchairandcarseatsecurement.OneofmygreatestpassionsismakingsurechildrenwithspecialneedsareabletosafelyrideinourbusesKarensays.Sheisalsoknowntovisitstudentshomesforwheelchairmainte-nanceandadvocatesforstudentswithwheelchaircompanies.Karenrecentlytooktheinitiativetodesignandbuildaspecialneedswheel-chairsecurementtrainingstationwhichallowshertotrainmoreemployeesatonetime.ThestationhasbecomesopopularthatKarenbuiltaduplicatestationforthedistrictssouthterminal.Someofthestudentsshetransportscarrymorethantheirbookswiththemtoschool.Atcertainparticipatinghighschoolsyoungmotherscanbringtheirinfantsandbabiestoschool.Theseschoolsaccommodatethemotherswithon-sitedaycaretoavoiddisruptionsintheireducation.Karenisresponsibleforinstallingandsecuringtheirinfantcarseats.InfacttheAISDwillonlyuti-lizetheirowninfantcarseatstoensurethattheymeetallsafetyregulations.Iwouldlovetobeabletotransportthesemothersandinfantstogetheroncoachbusessotheywouldalwayshaveair-conditioninginthisTexasheatandcouldmakeconnectionswithotheryoungmothersdeterminedtogettheireducationsaysKaren.KarenisproudofbeinganESPandproudofbeingpartofateamthatensuresthousandsofstudentsmakeittoschoolsafelyeveryday.SourceNEAK-12ESPMembershipSurveySpring2012andNEAElevatingESPCareersresearchstudy2012.ProflesinSAFEEachstudentlearnsinanenvironmentthatisphysicallyandemotionallysaeorstudentsandadults.JeanFaySpecialEducationParaeducatorCrockerFarmElementarySchoolAmherstMassachusettsTheNorthwestDistrictAttorneyfortheCommon-wealthofMassachusettsDavidE.SullivantheMassachusettsTeachersAssociationtheNationalEducationAssociationandotherpartnerssponsoredtheThirdAnnualSafeSchoolSummitinHolyokeMassachusetts.AsamemberoftheDistrictAttorneysCitizensAdvisoryBoardJeanwasinstrumentalintheplanninganddesignofthesummit.Thesummitbroughttogethereducatorselectedocialslawenforcementpersonneljudicialstasocialandhealthserviceprovidersparentsandcommunitymemberstonetworklearnandexchangeideas.SincethetragedyatSandyHookJeanFayhasbeencommittedtodoingeverythingshecantoensurethatschoolsaresafeandthatstudentshaveaccesstoresourcesforphysicalandmentalhealth.Shehasbeenastaunchadvocateforcom-mon-sensegunlawsandhasmadehervoiceheardbothnationallyandlocallypushingformorewhole-childstrategiestomakestudentssaferintheirschoolsandcommunities.RecentlyshewasappointedbyGovernorDevalPatricktohisnewlycommissionedcross-secretariatTaskForceonSchoolSafetyandSecurity.JeanwasalsoappointedtotheMassachusettsDepartmentofElementaryandSecondaryEducationSafeandSecureSchoolsCommission.AdditionalreferencearticlesonJeanFayPromisetomyMomandHowtoArmOurSchools.SharonFaulSpecialEducationParaeducatorJennieRogersElementarySchoolDanvilleKentuckySharonhasdevotedherentirecareerineducationtokeepingstudentshealthyandsafe.ShehasworkedwithMothersAgainstDrunkDrivingMADDreceivingagrantthatallowedmiddleandhighschoolstudentstocreatealcoholanddrugpreventionprogramsforthecommunity.DuetotheireortstheywereawardedoneofthehighestawardsbyMADDKentucky.SharonwasalsoveryactiveintheghttopassasocialhostordinanceinDanvilleKentuckythatallowsanocertoissueacitationtoanyadultwhodoesnttakesucientmeasurestopreventunderagedrinkingfromoccurringintheirhomeorontheirpropertyeveniftheyarenothomewhenthedrinkingoccurs.Withherguidanceherstudentswerealsoinstrumentalinidentifyingandraisingawarenessamonglocalschoolpersonnellawenforcementandcityocialsaboutalcoholicdrinksthatwerebeingsoldasenergydrinkstoyouth.SharonalsocoordinatedaprojectwithherstudentscalledStickerShock.Studentscanvassedcommunitybusinessesandstoresandwiththepermissionofthebusinessownerplacedstickersonthealcoholicbeveragestoremindpatronsthatitwasamisdemeanortoservealcoholtounderageyouth.ItsimportanttometodoeverythingIcantopreventyouthalcoholtobaccoanddruguseandtoshowouryouththattheycanmakeadierence.IdontwanttoseethesethingsstealthesuccessfulfutureofouryouthSharonsays.CurrentlySharonishostingandpromotingtheSpecialPersonsAdvocacyNetworkSpecialNeedsPageantfoundedbytheStarsAngelsNetworkwhereparticipantscanshedtheburdensoftheirdisabilitiesforthedayandjusthavefunJeanFayandDavidE.SullivanVictorMarquezSchoolSecurityOfcerCitrusValleyHighSchoolRedlandsCalifornia EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent18www.nea.orgespEnrichRelyonusormoney-savingofersmember-onlydiscounsandexperadviceonwhamatersmosoyou.Youllndeveryhingromacredicardhagivesyouexracashbackoresourceshahelpyoumoveuphepayscaleawork.Gooneamb.comlearnmoreoryourpersonalcopy.Andiyouhaveanyquesionsabouyourbenespleasecall18006374636.CO1415NEANEAMemberBeneftsandtheNEAMemberBeneftslogoareregisteredservicemarksoNEAsMemberBeneftsCorporation.Exploreyourbenesaneamb.comlearnmoreParticipationinNEAMemberBeneftsprogramsandspecialpromotionsiscontingentonmembershipintheAssociation. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent19www.nea.orgespCharlesAlbertPolandJr.SchoolBusDriverDaleCountySchoolsAlabamaCharlesAlbertPolandslastmomentonearthwasspentsavingthelivesof21students.OnJanuary292013CharleswenttoworkashedideverydayasaschoolbusdriverforDaleCountyschoolsinthestateofAlabama.Helovedhisworkandreferredtotheve-toseven-year-oldsonhisbusashisyoungins.Onestudentinparticularwasspecialtohim.Stu-dentEthanGilmanalwayssatbehindMr.PolandonthebuswhereMr.Polandcouldkeepaclosewatchonhim.PeoplesaythatalthoughMr.PolandcaredforallofthestudentshetransportedheandEthanwhohasAspergerssyndromeandAttentionDecitDisorderhadaspecialbond.SowhenanarmedgunmanboardedMr.PolandsbusthatJanuaryafternoonanddemandedtotaketwochildrenashostagesMr.Polandrefused.Henotonlyblockedthegunmanfromthechildrenbuttriedtotalkandnegotiatewithhim.Mr.PolandwasshotandkilledandEthanwasabducted.However20ofhisstudentshadtimetoevacuatesafelythroughtherearofthebus.IntheendEthanwassafelyreleasedbuthadlostoneofhisbestfriendsandthePolandfamilylosttheirpatriarch.WhatmightthenewsheadlineshavereadthatdayifCharlesPolanddidnotselesslyplacehimselfinharmswayHowcanyoumeasurethelastingimpactofhisactionsthatdayYoucannot.Mr.Polandsdedicationandhissacriceareaninspirationtoalldevotededucatorsbusdriversteacherscustodianssecretariesfoodserviceworkersparaeducatorsandmanyotherswhoworktirelesslyandcourageouslyeverydaytoeducateprotectandnurtureourstudentsinournationsschools.Wearesurround-eddailybydedicatededucatorssuchasMr.Poland.KimberlyRiddleParaeducatorKnoxCountySchoolsTennesseeUpuntilherdeathKimberlyRiddleslifewasallaboutchildren.OnweekdaysshetaughtchildrentheABCsandothersubjectsatSunnyviewPrimarySchool.OnSundaysshetaughtthegospeltochildrenatherMountCalvaryBaptistChurch.RiddlediedalongwithtwostudentswhentwoKnoxCountySchoolbusescollidedinDecember.ThosewhoknewRiddlesaidthewifemotheroftwoandeducatorwaspassionateaboutchildrenandhadthebiggestheart.TheRev.LeroyFranklinpastoratMountCalvarysaidRiddlehadbeenonhisstaasayouthpastorforsolonghecouldntrecallwhenshewashired.HesaidshegotherdreamjobwhenshewashiredasaparaeducatoratKnoxCountySchools.RiddlesnamewillbeaddedtotheMemorialforFallenEducatorsinJunealongsideCharlesPolandsanotherESPwhodiedwhileservingstudents.92saytheirjobresponsibilitiesinvolvepromotingschoolsaety.57eeltheyhaveefectivestrategiesorhandlingbullyingatschool.59havewitnessedbullyingbehaviorand89percentothesehaveintervenedortriedtostopit.97saytheirdistricthasapolicyonbullyingpreventionand57percenthavereceivedtrainingonhowtoimplementthispolicy.82stronglybelievetheyaresaeatschooldespitenewsreportsaboutschoolviolence.45havewitnessedschoolviolenceand85percentothesehaveintervenedortriedtostopit.FALLENHEROES EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent20www.nea.orgespPleasevisitusatwww.nea.orgncesp. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent21www.nea.orgespENGAGEDEachstudentisactivelyengagedinlearningandisconnectedtotheschoolandbroadercommunity.Ifeducationisalwaystobeconceivedalongthesameantiquatedlinesofameretransmissionofknowledgethereislittletobehopedfromitinthebetteringofmansfuture.Forwhatistheuseoftransmittingknowledgeiftheindividualstotaldevelopmentlagsbehind-MariaMontessoriEducationSupportProfessionalsESPskeepstudentsengagedandconnectedtothelargerschoolcommunity.Whenstudentsareengagedtheyaremorelikelytoachieveattheirhighestlevels.Studentsmaystruggletolearnwhentheycannotconnectwhattheylearninschooltotherealworldfeelindifferentandstuckandfeeldisconnectedfromtheirpeers.Inanagewherethehalf-lifeofknowledgeandinformationisdecreasingstudentsmustbelifelonglearnersandcriticalthinkers.Theymustwanttolearnandhavehighexpectationsforthemselves.ESPskeepstudentsengageddailyineverypublicschool.Therearesomanyexamplestheparaeducatorwhocreatesaschoolgardenforherspecialneedsstudentstocreateanopportunityforexperientiallearningandserveasapointofschoolpridethestudentservicesprofessionalwhoworkswithparentcoordinatorstoengagefamiliesparentsandthecommunitytobeinvolvedandseetheschoolastheirownthecustodianwhopaintshisoorscrubberasaschoolmascotandreinforcespro-socialbehav-iorstheparaeducatorwhostartsahip-hopcrewthelibrarytechnicianwhorunstheLegoextracurricularafter-schoolprogramthefoodserviceworkerwhodevelopsalunchreadingprograminthecafeteriaortheschoolbusdriverwhoencouragestheolderkidstoreadtotheiryoungerpeersonthebus.ThisishowESPsmakesignifcantcontributionstotheengagementofstudents.Studentswhoaredisconnectedmustbebroughtbackintothelargerschoolcommunity.BuildingrelationshipsandtreatingeachstudentasauniquehumanbeingisanapproachinwhichESPsexcel. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent22www.nea.orgespSchoolSupportStafandEngagementBySeanSladeDirectorofWholeChildProgramsASCDBeingengagedisaboutbeingapartofthelearn-ingprocessbutitisalsoaboutbeingapartoftheschoolcommunity.Astudentcanbeengagedbothintheclassroomandoutsidetheclassroomwalls.Itisaboutbeingapartofwhatyouaredoingandalsoofwhereyouare.Andwhileschoolsupportstaffcanplayakeyroleintheconnectionsbacktolearningitistheconnectionstheycanmaketothestudentsasindividualswhicharecrucialtoestablishingasafesecurewelcomingenvironment.Schoolsupportstaffobviouslyplayalargerolewhenitcomestoensuringthatstudentsandtheenvironmentarehealthyandsafebuttheyalsoplaycrucialrolesinensur-ingthatstudentsfeelconnectedtotheirenvironment.Oneofthekeyyetoftenunderappreciatedfunctionsofallsupportstaffisinestablishingdevelopingandmaintainingconnectionswiththestudentsthemselves.Alladultsintheschoolsettingarecrucialtoestablishingapositiveschoolclimateandenhancingconnectednessbetweenstaffandstudents.Astrongbondwithoneresponsibleadultisallthatisrequiredforstudentstodevelopresiliencyskillsandformanystudentsthatadultisasupportprofessional.Schoolsupportstaffholdaspecialplaceintheschoolset-tingastheyaretrustedrespectedandformanystudentsareanadultstudentscanconnecttomoredirectlysincetheyareoftenoutsidetheclassroomsetting.Conversationsinsidethefourwallsofaclassroomhavemeaning.Thestudentsfeelengagedandfeelthatattentionispaidtothem.How-evermanystudentsreportedthatwhenthesameorasimilarcon-versationtakesplaceoutsidetheclassroomevenonestepoutsidethedoortheeffectsaremagnied.Whentimeisshortandthereisntenoughtimeformoredetailedengagementchangingthelocationcanoftenturnaniceconversationintoapowerfulone.ENGAGEDEachstudentisactivelyengagedinlearningandisconnectedtotheschoolandbroadercommunity.1.Ourteachersuseactivelearningstrategiessuchascooperativelearn-ingandproject-basedlearning.2.Ourschooloersarangeofopportunitiesforstudentstocontributetoandlearnwithinthecommunityatlargeincludingservicelearninginternshipsapprenticeshipsandvolunteerprojects.3.Ourschoolpoliciesandclimatereinforcecitizenshipandcivicbehav-iorsbystudentsfamilymembersandstaandincludemeaningfulparticipationindecisionmaking.4.Ourschoolusescurriculum-relatedexperiencessuchaseldtripsandoutreachprojectstocomplementandextendourcurriculumandinstruction.5.Eachstudentinourschoolhasaccesstoarangeofoptionsandchoic-esforawidearrayofextracurricularandcocurricularactivitiesthatreectstudentinterestsgoalsandlearningproles.6.Ourcurriculumandinstructionpromotestudentsunderstandingofthereal-worldglobalrelevanceandapplicationoflearnedcontent.7.Ourteachersusearangeofinquiry-basedexperientiallearningtasksandactivitiestohelpallstudentsdeepentheirunderstandingofwhattheyarelearningandwhytheyarelearningit.8.Ourstaworkscloselywithstudentstohelpthemmonitoranddirecttheirownprogress.9.Ourschoolexpectsandpreparesstudentstoassumeage-appropriateresponsibilityforlearningthrougheectivedecisionmakinggoalsettingandtimemanagement.10.Ourschoolsupportspromotesandreinforcesresponsibleenvi-ronmentalhabitsthroughrecyclingtrashmanagementsustainableenergyandothereorts.SourceASCDformerlyAssociationforSupervisionandCurriculumDevelop-ment2013.WholeChildIndicators.AcrossCaliforniaintheearly2000sresearchersBonnieBenardandCarolBurgoaheldaseriesofinterviewstohearstudentvoicesonthetopicsofbelongingandcon-nectedness.Theywantedtofndouthowstudentsknowthatsomeonecaresabouttheirwellbeingandwhatthatpersondoestodemonstrateit.Thestudentsinterviewedreportedthattheysawtheseoutsidetheclassroominteractionsassomethingmorerealandgenuinethanotherinteractions.Itwassomethingoutsidefgurativelyaswellasliterallyoftheteachingandlearningprocessandthenormalfunctionsoftheschoolsetting.Inshortwheretheconversationstookplacewasalmostasimportantastheconversationsthemselves.Ireallylikethesendingsbecausetheyshowthatwhenwemakeasimplechangetowhatwedoitcanhaveagreateffect.KnowingthissimplestepwhywouldntyoutakeonestepoutsidetheclassroomorengageinachatdownthehallwayWhywouldntanadultwhowantstoconnectwithastudentorgroupofstudentsincreasetheeffectsoftheirinteractionbytakingitoutsideofalessonortheplacewherethatlessonoccursSameconversationdifferentlocationgreaterimpact.-ViaSameConversationDifferentLocationGreaterImpactASCDWholeChildBlogUnderstandingthisroleandencouragingthisactionshouldbebothencouragedandacknowledged.Itformsthebasisforaclimateandcultureofbelongingandown-ershipandensuresthateachstudentfeelsengagedintheirschoolandtheircommunity. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent23www.nea.orgespProflesinENGAGEDEachstudentisactivelyengagedinlearningandisconnectedtotheschoolandbroadercommunity.NancyBurkeInstructionalParaeducatorHaverhillHighSchoolHaverhillMassachusettsWhenNancyrstaskedpermissiontouseavacantinteriorcourtyardofherhighschoolshecouldneverhaveimaginedwhatwouldbetheretoday.ThisfallshehadaSalsaGardenwithavarietyofpepperstomatoesandcilantroandaStewGardenfullofcarrotsonionsandmanydierenttypesofpotatoes.Thesegardenshaveexcitedandengagedthe24specialneedsstudentsthatsheteacheseveryday.Butthegardenisaboutmorethanjustgrowinghealthyfoods.ItservesasalearninglabatherapeuticgardenandasafeandrelaxingspacewhereNancyandherstudentscangetfreshairandconnectwithnature.Nancywantedtogetherstudentsoutoftheclassroommore.Thiswasnoteasysincemanyofherstudentswerewheelchair-boundorhadotherphysicallimitations.LuckilywiththeassistanceofstudentsfromthegeneraleducationclassesandsomeEagleScoutsshewasabletogetraisedbedgardensbenchesandarampforwheelchairaccessibilitybuiltforherstudents.Theraisedbedswerecriticalbecauseherstudentsinwheelchairswouldnothavebeenabletofullyparticipatewithin-groundgardens.Nowallofherstudentscouldgettheirhandsdirtyandappreciateeverythingthegardenshadtooer.Thegardensbenetednotonlythespecialneedsstudentsinherclassesbutalsotheentireschool.TheHouseConstructionClassatHaverhillHighSchoolisnowbuildingashedtostoregardenequip-mentandthestudentcouncilrakedcleanedandthenplantedtulipanddaodilbulbsforthespring.Thebenetsofschoolgardensarenumerous.NowNancycanoerherstudentshands-onexperientiallearningopportunitiesinnaturalandsocialscienceaswellasnutrition.Shecanteachaboutwaterandenergycyclespollinationandthereasonswhyweallneedtocareaboutthenaturalenvironment.Oncerestrictedtotheindoorsherstudentsnowhaveopportunitiesthatonlytheoutdoorscanpro-vide.ThereisalsomuchevidencethatactivelearninginlessstructuredparticipatoryspacesisbestandthatstudentsarealsomorelikelytotryeatingvegetablestheygrowthemselvesNancysaysThestudentsandalthegardensareafocusofschoolpride.Theyencouragestudentstoidentifywithandbeproudoftheirschool.Thegardenkeepsgrowingandnowitisinuseallyearround.TheschoolrecentlyplantedtwoevergreentreeswhichtheynamedHopeandPeace.ThingshavegonewellNancysays.Thestudentsandallthestalovegoingoutthere.Ourfutureplansaretoputinapumpkinpatchandplantsmallsugarpumpkinsandavarietyofsquash.Wevehadonestudentsayhewouldnevereatsquashsowegureifheplantstheminthespringperhapshemightjusteattheminthefall.Nancyandherstudentsarewaitinganxiouslyforthegrowingseason.TheyhavebigplansthisyearincludingsubmittingtheirproducetotheTopseldFairtheoldestagriculturalfairinNewEngland.AdditionalResourcesMassachusettsFarmtoSchoolProjectandMTAFundsConnectESPstoLocalFarms.NormanE.CosgroveAmericanSignLanguageCommunicationAideFortGreelySchoolDeltaJunctionAlaskaIfstudentsatFortGreelyMiddleSchoolwanttojointheDelta-GreelyRadioControlledRCFliersClubtheyneedtohaveatleasta3.0GPAcannothaveanydisciplinaryreportsatschoolandmustdemonstrateacommitmenttoimprovingthecommunity.NormanCosgrovesuperviseswhatisarguablythemostpopularclubattheschool.Twenty-twostudentsarecurrentlymembersbuttheRCFliersClubhasawaitinglistof60Beforeclubmemberscanstartyingtheradio-controlledxed-wingandgyrocopteraircraftstheymusttrainonaightsimulatorwiththesameremotecontrolsthatareusedfortheaircraftuntiltheycanmakethreeconsecutivetake-osandlandingswithoutcrashing.OnceastudentsuccessfullyqualiestoytheyareawardedaDelta-GreelyRCFliersClubpilotslicenseandmetallicwingsdonatedbyAlaskaAirlinesataschoolassembly.TheDelta-GreelyRCFliersClubhasocersandby-lawsandisevenamemberoftheAmateurModelersofAeronautics.Studentrepresentativeshavemadepresenta-tionstotheDelta-GreelySchoolBoardandtheMooseLodge.Theclubcanevenleadtocareeroptionsforsomestudentssuchasworkingintheaviationindustry.Weneedtoengagestudentsoneverylevel.Ithinktherearemorethanafewkidsinmyschoolwhoareexcitedtocometoschooljustbecauseofthisclub.ItmakesmeproudofmyschoolandmykidssaysCosgrove.partofaschoolbus.Alongwithanumberofotherdriverswhoworesimilarcostumestheyformedthewholebusforalocalhungerwalkwheretheycollectedseveralhundredpoundsoffoodforlocalfamilies.AlhasevenbeentheocialcookiemanashetookontheresponsibilityofdeliveringGirlScoutcookiestothegirlswhodidnthaveawaytogettothedistributionsite.Howeverwhatheismostproudofishowhetransportshishandicappedpre-schoolstudentstoandfromschool.DependingonthedayIcanbeasingerasongwriterorabestpaltomystudentsAlsays.Hediscoveredthatsingingwasthebestwaytoengagehisstudentswhileonthebus.Hisparentshaveevencommentedthattheirchildrencomehomehappysingingandlookingforwardtothenextdaywhentheycangetbackonhisbus.GeorgeAlWoodSchoolBusDriverMorrisSchoolDistrictMorristownNewJerseyAlhashadtowearmanyhatsinhisjobasaschoolbusdriverfortheMorrisSchoolDistrict.FormanyyearshewastheocialSantaClausfortheschoolsfundraisercalledAnEveningwithSanta.Thisal-lowedtheschooltoraisesorely-need-edfundsandallowedAltodosomethingextraspecialforhiskids.FortunatelynoneofmystudentshavecaughtontothefactthatImtheSanta.AlhasalsowornaboxdecoratedtobeaAnnBenninghoffDutchCreekElementarySchoolLittletonColorado EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent24www.nea.orgesp EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent25www.nea.orgespSUPPORTEDEachstudenthasaccesstopersonalizedlearningandissupportedbyqualifedcaringadults.AChildslifeislikeapieceofpaperonwhicheverypersonleavesamark.-ChineseProverbEducationSupportProfessionalsESPskeepstudentssupportedandmaybetheonecaringandnurturingadultthateverystudentneedstosucceed.Thissupportispersonalizedanduniquetothatstudentslifecircumstances.Whennooneknowsastudentsnameortheyhavenopositiverolemodelsathomewhenthatstudentneedsspecializedinterventionsorwhenthatchildishomelessorawardofthestatetheyarelesslikelytoachieveattheirhighestlevels.Studentsneedadultstoteachthemhowtobeindependentresilientandpersistent.EverydayineverypublicschoolESPsarekeepingstudentssupported.Whetheritistheparaeducatorwhocreatesanannualpartyforspecialneedsstudentsthestudentservicesprofessionalwhoworkswithhigh-riskstudentsandtheirfamiliestheschoolnursewhohelpsfamiliesnavigatethelabyrinthofcommunityandschoolservicestheyrequiretomeettheirever-growingneedstheparaeducatorwhohelpscounselstudentsaftertheirfriendcommitssuicidethecustodianwhostartsaprogramtodistributecoatsandschooluniformstostudentsinneedtheschoolsecretarywhohastoi-letriesattheirdesktohelpthosestudentswhocometoschooldisheveledandunkemptortheschoolsus-pensionmonitorwhoencouragestheirstudentstodotherightthingESPsmakesignicantcontributionstosupportingourstudents.Whenstudentsaremarginal-izedortroubledESPscanmakeahugeimpactontheirlives.WhenmoreandmorefamiliesstruggletomeetalloftheneedsoftheirchildrenESPscanfulllacriticalsupportiverolethatwillhelpstudentsontheirjourneytobecomingwhole. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent26www.nea.orgespTheLunchLadyByJarrettJ.KrosoczkaAuthorandIllustratorAsanauthorandillustratorofbooksforyoungreadersIndmyselfvisitingalotofelementaryschools.Iloveinstillingaloveofcreativityandreadinginthestudentsonthesevisits.WhileIamtypicallyinvitedinbytheschoollibrar-ianoraparentvolunteerthedayitselfrunssmoothlybecauseofthewonder-fulEducationSupportProfessionalsattheschool.FromcoasttocoastIamalwaysgreetedwithanenthusi-asticsmilefromthefrontdeskoftheofce.ItsawonderfulwaytostartyourdaytobecheerfullywelcomedwithYouretheauthorWevebeenwaitingforyouAndthischippergreetingisofferedwhilealineofkidsarewaitingtosigninandreceivelateslips.Mypresentationsareofteninthecafeteriawhichmeansthatalotoffolkshavemadeaccommodationsforme.Foronethefoodservicestaffispreparingthedaysmealswhiletry-ingnottomaketoomuchnoise.Andthecustodialteamhasbrokendowntablesandchairsonlytoputthembackupagaininthesmallwindowoftimebetweentheendofmypresenta-tionsandthebeginningoflunch.ThecustodiansalwaysensurethatIhaveeverythingIneed.AnextensioncordTurningthelightsoffTheyalwayshavemyback.Andmypresentationsrelyonthetechnologyworkingsothetechnologyspecialistisalwaysonhandtomakesurethatmycomputerandtheirdigitalprojectorarecom-municating.Anauthorvisitisaspecialdayfortheschool.IrememberanauthorvisitingmyschoolwhenIwasinthethirdgradeitmadeatremendousimpressiononme.NowthatIseethebehind-the-scenesworkIreallyappreciatetheeffortthatwasputintothatauthorvisitbackin1986.Andofcourseeverydayofmyeducation.OneofmymorepopularseriesistheLunchLadygraphicnovels.Itsaboutaspatula-wieldingcrimeghterandthecomicswereinspiredbyachanceencounterIhadwithmychildhoodlunchlady.Backwhenmyrstbookwaspublishedin2001Ireturnedtomyoldelementaryschoolformyrst-everauthorvisit.Theschoolhostedmypresentationinthecafe-teriaandwhileIwassettingupmyslideprojectorIsawherJeanneCarigliathebelovedlunchladyofmyyouth.Thereshewasstillprepar-ingmealsafteralltheseyears.AfterstrikingupaconversationwithherIlearnedabouthergrandkids.Whichsurprisedme.DidntsheliveintheschoolskitchenYoumeanshewenthometoafamilyShehadasecretlifeWellthatthoughtinspiredmetodevelopthebookseries.ManyyearslaterwhentherstbookLunchLadyandtheCyborgSubstitutewaspub-lishedIhostedalauncheventattheWorcesterPublicLibrary.JeannewastherealongwithhercafeteriacohortBettyPastore.Ipresentedthemwithartworkandbookstothankthemfortheiryearsofservice.TheyweretickledandtheyevensignedsomebooksforthekidsinattendanceAfewweekslaterIreceivedacardfromJeanne.Initshethankedmefortheartworkandthebooksbutsome-thingelsestruckme.OnthiscardshewroteIlovedallofmykids.Andofcourseshedidshetookcareofallofus.IalwaysknewthisIjusthadneverputitintowordsbefore.Wewouldnthavebeenlearninginourclassroomsifshehadntbeenllingourbellies.AndthatistrueofalloftheSchoolSupportStaff.Theclericalstaffarethereeverymorningtoofferasym-patheticeartothestudentswhoarelate.Thebusdriversgetourstudentstoschoolsafelyandontime.Thecus-todiansmakesurethateveryroominthebuildingismaintainedandthatourstudentsareworkinginahealthyenvironment.Ournursesaremakingsurethatthestudentsthemselvesarehealthy.Ourparaeducatorsareensuringthatalloftheeducatorsinthebuildinghavethesupportthattheyneedtoserveourstudents.AndallofthisItcomesfromlove.OurESPsloveourkidsandourkidsknowthattheyarewelltakencareof.Andbecauseofthisloveandalotofhardworkournationsfuturegenerationsarereceivingasuperlativeeducation.SUPPORTEDEachstudenthasaccesstopersonalizedlearningandissupportedbyqualifedcaringadults1.Ourschoolpersonalizeslearningincludingtheexibleuseoftimeandschedulingtomeetacademicandsocialgoalsforeachstudent.2.Ourteachersusearangeofdiagnosticformativeandsummativeassessmenttaskstomonitorstudentprogressprovidetimelyfeedbackandadjustteaching-learningactivitiestomaximizestudentprogress.3.Ourschoolensuresthatadult-studentrelationshipssupportandencour-ageeachstudentsacademicandpersonalgrowth.4.Eachstudenthasaccesstoschoolcounselorsandotherstructuredaca-demicsocialandemotionalsupportsystems.5.Ourschoolstaunderstandsandmakescurricularinstructionalandschoolimprovementdecisionsbasedonchildandadolescentdevelop-mentandstudentperformanceinformation.6.Ourschoolpersonnelwelcomeandincludeallfamiliesaspartnersintheirchildrenseducationandsignicantmembersoftheschoolcommu-nity.7.Ourschoolusesavarietyofmethodsacrosslanguagesandculturestocommunicatewithallfamiliesandcommunitymembersabouttheschoolsvisionmissiongoalsactivitiesandopportunitiesforstudents.8.Ourschoolhelpsfamiliesunderstandavailableservicesadvocatesfortheirchildrensneedsandsupportstheirchildrenslearning.9.Everymemberofourschoolstaiswellqualiedandproperlycredentialed.10.Alladultswhointeractwithstudentsbothwithintheschoolandthroughextracurricularcocurricularandcommunity-basedexperiencesteachandmodelpro-socialbehavior.SourceASCDformerlyAssociationforSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopment2013.WholeChildIndicators. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent27www.nea.orgespProflesinSUPPORTEDEachstudenthasaccesstopersonalizedlearningandissupportedbyqualifedcaringadults.LauraMontgomeryHomeSchoolConsultantThePulaskiCountySpecialSchoolDistrictLittleRockArkansasTedChaudoirSchoolBusDriverandPlaygroundSupervisorSouthernDoorElementarySchoolBrusselsWisconsinAfewyearsbackIhadaverysquirmyfour-year-oldkindergarteneronmybus.Itrieddifferentseatingarrangementstotrytokeephimseatedbutnothingworked.OnedayIsaidAJcouldyoujustpleasetakeabookoutofyourbackpackandlookthroughitwhileyoureonthebusHesaidIdonthavebooksinmybackpack.WellIcheckedandsureenoughtheydidnthavebookstotakehome.ThatrealizationstayedwithmebecauseacouplemonthslaterwhenmywifeDeewantedmetotakeouradultdaughterAlishaschildrensbookstoGoodwillIhadanotheridea.IthoughtIdbringthemonthebusandseeifmystudentsmightwantthem.AnddidtheyeverItoldthemthattheycouldkeepitiftheylikedthebook.WithinacoupleweeksIhadfoundhomesforallofAlishasbooks.Wellaweekortwolatersomekidsstartedaskingformorebooks.MywifeDeeisalsoaschoolbusdriverandweagreedthatweneededtogetthemmorebooksHowcouldweturnadeafeartokidsaskingforbooksAstheESPpresidentofmylocalAssociationIattendtheschoolboardmeetingsanditsohappenedthatatthenextboardmeetingtheschoolsreadingspecialistwasgivingareporttotheboard.Iapproachedherafterthemeetingandtoldherwhatweweredoingonthebusandaskedifshecouldfindussomebooks.YoudhavetoknowMissyBousleytoappreciateherresponse.Sheisthismile-a-minutewalkerandtalkerandpassionateaboutencouragingkidstoread.Tryingtotalktohercanbeliketalkingtothewind.ShesbusyButmyrequeststoppedherinhertracksandshesaidYouredoingwhatAfterItoldherhowandwhywewereofferingthekidsbooksandhowthefour-toeight-year-oldswereeatingitupshealmostspontaneouslycombustedrightinfrontofme.Getyoubooksohwecangetyoubooks.CanyougetallthebusdriverstodothisIsaidIdontknowbutDeeandIsurecouldusesomebooksnow.ShesaidIsupposeyouneedpicturebooksforyourfour-toeight-year-oldkidsIsaidWellIhavesomemiddleschoolandhighschoolkidsreadingtosomeofthelittleonessowecouldusesomechapterbookstoo.MissysaysYouhaveolderkidsreadingtotheyoungerkidsPeermentoringpeermentoringyouhavepeermentorsonthebusIsaidNoIgotolderkidsreadingtothosethatcantread.Icouldseethewheelsturninginherhead.WithinaweekortwoshehadthreedifferentnewsoutletsfromSouthernDoorCountyinterviewingmewhereIwasabletoaskforchildrensbooks.Wegotbooksallrightbutwealsogotanewoutlookconcerningthislittleprojectwehadstartedonthebus.ThepassionateresponsewegotfromthepublicaboutthisideainspiredDeeandItotrytocreateabetterworkingmodelfortheotherbusdriverstotry.Theboxofbooksatthefrontofthebuswaseasyforstudentstoaccesswhilegettingonthebusbutduringtheroutewhenthekidswantadifferentbookwelltheyreoutofluckasyouhavetobeseatedwhilethosewheelsarerolling.WetriedTupperwaretubsandbackpacksbuttheyprovedtobejusttoocumbersomeforlittlekidstohandle.Iknewwhatwouldworkthough.Weneededbookpocketsbuiltintothebacksoftheseatsbuttheywereexpensiveandwedidnthavethefunds.UnbeknownsttomethisprojectthatwestartedcallingBooksontheBuswasnominatedforanawardfromtheWisconsinStateReadingAssociationanditwonWellitwasnttwomonthslaterthatourveryownWisconsinEducationAssociationCouncilTrustBenefitsawardedBooksontheBusoneofthetwo2500ForwardTogetherawards.WenowhadthemoneyforourseatpocketsBooksontheBusrequiressomeonewithapassionforkidsbecauseitwillprobablyalwaysbeanunbudgetedprogram.Wedonotgetcompensationfordoingthis.ItisESPsgoingaboveandbeyondtheirjob-descriptiontobenefitstudents.Itwasthecollaborationofouruniontostartfundingthisprojectthatwaskeytogettingitoperatinglikeitis.Nowwehavekidsdonatingtheirownbookstotheprogram.OnemorningmystudentAbbieagefivebroughtmeabagofbooksandsaidIdontneedtheseanymore.IsaidGreatIllputtheminthebookbox.ThatafternoonontheroutehomeIhappenedtonoticeherinmymirror.ShewasawarethatkidswerelookingthroughsomeofherbooksandIcouldactuallyseethepridespreadingacrossherface.Icouldhearhertellingotherkidsthatthosewereherbooks.AsshegotoffthebusatherhousesheleanedovertomeandwithabigsmileshewhisperedIthinktheyreallylikedmybooksWanttolearnmoreaboutBooksontheBusordonatebookstothisprogramClickhere.Itwasthecollaborationoouruniontostartundingthisprojectthatwaskeytogettingitoperatinglikeitis. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent28www.nea.orgespAnnKrampitzisaspecialeducationparaeducatorwith23yearsexperienceasaneducatorintheOwatannaMinnesotaschooldistrict.AnnwantedOwatannasspecialeducationstudentstohaveaccesstosimilarhighschoolexperiencesasregular-edstudentssuchaspromsandcarnivalsanddecidedtodosomethingaboutit.TothisendsheandhercolleaguescreatedtheAnnualFallPartynowinitsninthyearforthespecialeducationstu-dentstheirparentsandsupportiveregular-edstudents.StudentsgetachancetointeractwithkidsthatarelikethemoraresupportivesotheyarecomfortableandhaveachancetobondwitheachotherinasafeenvironmentsaidAnn.Parentsareabletomeetupwithotherparentsofstudentswithdisabilitiesandcollaborateaswellasseetheirownkidsinter-actingwithothersinapositiveway.Annandhercolleaguesgetdonationsfromcommunitymembersandlocalbusinessesforthedancewhichprovidesmusicfoodandentertainmentforstudentsandistypicallyheldintheschoolgymafterhours.WethoughtthatourspecialneedsstudentsneededanoutlettooaplacewheretheycangoandhavefunsaidAnn.StephoneAveryHeadCustodianCamdenFairviewIntermediateSchoolCamdenArkansasWhenStephoneAverynoticesastudentinneedheneverignoresit.Thatisprobablywhyhehasbecomethedefactogotopersonathisschoolforstudentsupport.OnoneoccasionStephonenoticedafewboyswhowerecomingtoschoolnotproperlygroomedandlookingembarrassedaboutit.Hewasabletocontacttheirparentsandarrangetohavetheirhaircutbyaneighborhoodbarber.Anothertimehenoticedastudentwithwornoutandbatteredshoes.AgainwiththepermissionoftheparentsStephonesolicitedanonymousdonationsfromtheschoolcommunitytohelpthisstudentinneed.Anonymousgivingallowsthestudentsandparentstokeeptheirdignity.Mygoalforthesestudentswasnotjustabouttheirphysicalappear-ancebutalsotopreventbullyingfromtheirpeers.Thefocusneedstobeoneducationandnotwhattheyrewearingheexpressed.DuringthewintermonthshousefiresarefartoocommoninCamden.Thereareanumberofstudentswholiveinhomesthathaveunsafeheaterunits.Financialstruggleskeepfamiliesfrombeingabletoreplacethem.TodealwithsituationsliketheseandforthegeneralneedinhiscommunityStephonestartedtheCoatsforKidsprogram.Afteracoatisunclaimedfromtheschoolslostandfoundfortwoschoolyearsitisdrycleanedandprovidedtokidsinneed.Theyalsoprovideschooluniformsthroughthisprogram.AsaneducatorandpastorinacommunitychurchStephoneisalwaystheretosupportfamiliesandstudents.Itsamoralnecessitytohim.SharonSparksParaeducatorRyeJuniorHighSchoolRyeNewHampshireFormanyyearsSharonSparkstutoredstudentswhowerealsopatientsataYouthBehavioralHealthunitatanearbyhospital.Theyouththatsheencounteredtherewerereceivingintensivetreatmentandtherapyforavarietyofmentalemotionalandbehavioralproblems.SheformedclosebondsandrelationshipswithanumberofherstudentssowhenshediscoveredthattwoofherLGBTstudentshadcommittedsuicideshewasutterlydevastated.IfyouweretoattendoneofSharonSparkssprofessionalassoci-ationtrainingsoncommunicationstrategiesonLGBTissuesyouwouldlearnthatLGBTyouthfacesocialstigmadiscriminationandareoftenrejectedbytheirownfamilies.Infacttheyareatamuchgreaterriskofviolenceabuseandexploitationthantheirheterosexualpeers.Youwouldalsolearnthat30to40percentofhomelessyouthidentifyasLGBT.SharonfeltthatteachingeducatorswouldbethemosteffectivewaytopromotemoreinclusiveandsupportiveenvironmentsforLGBTstudentsintheschools.Wecancreateeducationalenvironmentsthatnurtureeveryone.NostudentshouldfeelexcludedespeciallysomeoursocietysmostvulnerableyouthSharonsays.Eveniftheyarenotaccept-edathometheyshouldhaveasafeplaceatschool.SowhetherSharonissupervisingahomeworkclubplanningoutextensionactivitiesforherstudentshelpingthehomeroomadvisorteacherwithgoal-settingoreventrainingaballroomof50educatorsonLGBTissuessheknowsthatshesdoingherparttowardseducatingandmeetingtheneedsofthewholechild.AnnKrampitzSpecialEducationParaproessionalOwatannaPublicSchoolsOwatannaMinnesotaSixty-sixpercent66oNEAESPsgivemoneyoutotheirownpocketstohelpstudentswiththingslikeclassroommaterialsfeldtripsandclassprojectsaveraging217peryear.SourceNEAK-12ESPMembershipSurveySpring2012andNEAElevatingESPCareersresearchstudy2012.HowimportantESPsaretousRaaelMartinezTaraStanleyKeshaunWardMahoganyKendrickMojaveKendrick EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent29www.nea.orgespCHALLENGEDEachstudentischallengedacademicallyandpreparedforsuccessincollegeorfurtherstudyandforemploymentandparticipationinaglobalenvironment.Ineverteachmypupils.Ionlyattempttoprovidetheconditionsinwhichtheycanlearn.-AlbertEinsteinEducationSupportProfessionalsESPskeepstudentschallengedbymaintaininghighexpectationsforeverystudent.Studentsmustunderstandtheconnectionbetweeneducationandlifelongsuccessandfeelchallengedandmotivatedforpersonalgrowth.Whenstudentsarenotchallengedtobesuccessfulorlackadultguidancetofurthertheireducationorcareertheyarelesslikelytosucceed.ESPscanmakethosetrueconnectionswithstudentsthatincreasetheirself-esteemandprovidethemtheconfdencetodream.EverydayineverypublicschoolESPsarekeepingstudentschallenged.WhetheritistheNativeAmericanspecialistwhoprovidesextrasupportstostudentsfromahistoricallymarginalizedcommunityaBraillistwhoworkswithhearing-impairedstudentstobecomeindependentandself-relianttheparaeducatorwhocreatesawebsitethatreinforcescurriculaoraninstructionalparaeducatorwhoisamemberoftheschoolsdatateamandusesquantitativedatatosupportstudentacademicsandinterventionsESPsmakesignifcantcontributionstochallengingourstudents.Whentheneedsofourstudentsareincreasingandtheirbarrierstolearningarebecomingmoreandmorecomplexthewholeschoolcommunitymustcollaborateonbehalfofthestudent.Workinginisolationisnolongeracceptableinsideoroutsidetheschool.Ittakesthewholeschoolandwholecommunitytoensuretheneedsofthewholechild. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent30www.nea.orgespCollaborationandcoordinationamongthecommunityofprofessionalswithinschoolsarearguablythemostimportantfactorsinaddressingthecomprehensiveneedsofstudentsfamiliesschoolsandcommu-nities.Sincetheeducationsystemhasamandateandasharedresponsibilitytofullypreparestudentsforcollegecareerandcitizenshipthewholechildcollaborationandcoordinationarethepivotsuponwhichthatmissionturns.Yettheseareamongthemostchallenginggoalsforprofessionalstoachieve.Everyaspectofeducationalimprovementinvolvestheabilityofpeopletoeffectivelyworktogetherforpositivechange.Withskilledleadershipthatharnessesthecreativityandbasicmotiva-tionofpeopletoapplynewknowledgeinsolvingproblemscollaborationcanresultinpowerfulandpositivelong-termchange.WhoIsInvolvedInSchoolCollaborationNolongeratritenotioneducationallead-ersandparentsknowthatitdoesindeedtakeawholeschooltoworktowardsuccess-fulcollaborationforbuildingastudent-cen-teredholisticapproachtoeducation.Attheheartofeffectiveandlong-lastingschoolcollaborationareeffectiverelationshipsamongallprofessionalswithintheschoolenvironmentadministratorsteachersExcerptsfromTheEngagedCommunitySchoolCollaborationforDevelopingtheWholeChildByCarolA.Kochar-BryantauthorofEffectiveCollaborationforEducatingtheWholeChildandSeniorAssociateDeanandProfessorSpecialEducationandDisabilityStudiesatGeorgeWashingtonUniversity.parentsthestudentsgeneralandspecialeducationteachersparaeducatorsrelat-ed-servicesspecialistsnursescounselorslibrariansphysicaleducationteacherstechnicalspecialistscustodiansfoodser-vicepersonnelandtradesprofessionals.Outsideoftheschoolsettinghumanser-viceagenciesessentialforcomprehensiveplanningforstudentsincludecommunitymentalhealthservicessocialservicesfamilyservicespublichealthservicesalternativeschoolprogramssubstanceabuseservicespost-secondaryinstitutionsandcareer-voca-tionalservices.Eachofthesegroupswithinandoutsidetheschoolcommunitymustbeengagedtosupportthedevelopmentofthewholestudent.WhyisCollaborationCentraltoAchievingtheWholeChildApproachThetraditionalstructureofschoolscanpromoteisolationamongprofessionalgroupsandimpedecollaboration.Thesegapsoccurwhencomponentsoftheedu-cationalsystemdonotconnectinamannerthatpromotesthechildsfullestpotentialwithintheeducationalcontinuum.Forex-amplespecialandgeneraleducatorshavetraditionallytaughtinseparateroomsorbuildings.Guidancecounselorsandschoolcounselorshavetraditionallyfunctionedindependentlyoftheinstructionalprogram.Theseseparationsarepartlyduetothefactthathistoricallydifferentcomponentsoftheeducationalsystemhaveevolvedseparately.Factorsthatseparatethemandpreventthemfromeffectivecollaborationarerootedindifferencesintheirrolesprofessionallanguagesorterminologyexpectationsforstudentspoliciesthatguidethempracticesandbackgroundsandtrainingofpersonnel.CollaborationCreatesaSharedResponsibilityandImprovesConditionsforLearningCollaborationhasgainedincreasingatten-tionbecauseresearchdemonstratesthatpeopleaccomplishmoreandmakebetterdecisionswhentheyworktogetherinten-tionallyonbehalfofstudents.Collaborativeteamshavemanyadvantagesoverindivid-ualsworkinginisolationsincepeoplewithdifferentexpertiseandperspectivesonstu-dentstendtobebetteratsolvingproblemsandhaveahigherlevelofcommitmenttonewideasandstrategies.Researchalsoindicatesthatactiveparentandfamilyengagementstronglypredictsstudentsschoolsuccess.Effortstobuildrespectfulcooperativerelationshipsamongparentsfamiliesteachersandschooladministratorshelpfamilymembersfeelmorecapableofcontributingtotheirchildseducationandconnectedtotheirchildsschool.Whenfamiliesaresupportedintheirparentingroletheirinvolvementintheirchildrenslearningincreasesandstudentperformanceisstrengthened.AsharedresponsibilityandsharedapproachestoaddressingstudenteducationalanddevelopmentalneedshelpingthewholechildbringtobearthecombinedthinkingplanningandresourcesofallwhosupportthedevelopmentofstudentsandfamiliesConzemiusONeill2001.Insummarytheconceptsofcollabora-tionandcoordinationleadtoinnovativepracticesnewrelationshipsandimprovedoutcomesforstudentsandfamilies.Clearobjectivesgoalsorendsareessentialasclarityofpurposeisoftenthekeyingredientinthesuccessofacollaborativeeffortforawholechildinitiative.Toreadthefullarticleandforalistofref-erencesclickhere. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent31www.nea.orgespSUPPORTEDEachgraduateischallengedacademicallyandpreparedorsuccessincollegeorurtherstudyandoremploymentandparticipationinaglobalenvironment.1.Eachstudentinourschoolhasaccesstochallengingcomprehensivecurriculuminallcontentareas.2.Ourcurriculumandinstructionprovideopportunitiesforstudentstodevelopcriticalthinkingandreasoningskillsproblemsolvingcompe-tenciesandtechnologyprociency.3.Ourschoolcollectsandusesqualitativeandquantitativedatatosupportstudentacademicandpersonalgrowth.4.Ourcurriculuminstructionandassessmentdemonstratehighexpec-tationsforeachstudent.5.Ourschoolworkswithfamiliestohelpallstudentsunderstandtheconnectionbetweeneducationandlifelongsuccess.6.Ourcurriculumandinstructionincludeevidence-basedstrategiestopreparestudentsforfurthereducationcareerandcitizenship.7.Ourextracurricularcocurricularandcommunity-basedprogramsprovidestudentswithexperiencesrelevanttohighereducationcareerandcitizenship.8.Ourcurriculumandinstructiondevelopstudentsglobalawarenessandcompetenciesincludingunderstandingoflanguageandculture.9.Ourschoolmonitorsandassessesextracurricularcocurricularandcommunity-basedexperiencestoensurestudentsacademicandpersonalgrowth.10.Ourschoolprovidescross-curricularopportunitiesforlearningwithandthroughtechnology.SourceASCDformerlyAssociationforSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopment2013.WholeChildIndicators.SaulRamosParaeducatorBraillistArtistWorcesterPublicSchoolsWorcesterMassachusettsSaulhasworkedwithvisuallyimpairedstudentsintheWorcesterPublicSchoolsforthepast15years.WhilehisresponsibilitiesasaBraillistincludeproducingschoolmaterialsintoBraillethemaingoalofhisworkistoensurethathisstudentsarefullyintegratedintotheirneighborhoodpublicschoolsbecomefamiliarwiththeirsurroundingsandbecomeasindependentaspossible.Hisstudentswhoareblindorvisuallyimpairedrequireadapta-tionstotheenvironmentandhands-oncurriculum.Saulistheretoensurethattheyhavewhattheyneedtoexcelandthattheyaremotivatedandchallengedtoreachtheirfullpotential.Saulhasstrongtieswithhisstudentshavingworkedwithonestudentfromkindergartenuntilhegraduatedfromhighschoolfouryearsago.HeisanadvocateforEnglishLanguageLearnersandspecialeducationstudentsaswell.IknowthatwithalotofpatienceunderstandingandguidancemystudentsarecapableofaccomplishinganythinganyotherstudentcanSaulsays.JustasanyoneofhisstudentscannotbedefinedpurelybytheirimpairmentandshouldbeseenandtreatedasawholechildSaultooismorethanjustaneducator.SaulisalsoanartistandaproudLatinoborninSanGermanPuer-toRicoandraisedbetweenWorcesterMassachusettsandSanGerman.AsaLatinoIamproudofmyrootsandthebeautifulmixofculturesweallcomefrom.IamamixtureofmymothersSpanishheritageandmyfathersAfricanandTainoheritage.IamapassionateadvocateforkeepingourculturealiveandmakingsureourcommunityespeciallyouryouthareintouchwiththeirrootsandembracethebeautyofitSaulsays.Saulhasfoundawaytomakethishappenthrougheducationandart.OnewayIdothisisthroughtheECASTheaterinProvidenceRhodeIsland.Wearetheleadingnonprofitindepen-ProflesinCHALLENGEDEachstudentischallengedacademicallyandpreparedorsuccessincollegeorurtherstudyandoremploymentandparticipationinaglobalenvironment.CecilCrawfordNativeAmericanSpecialistMissoulaCountyPublicSchoolsMissoulaMontanadentLatinoartsorganizationinNewEnglanddedicatedtoprovidingaccesstoSpanish-languageandbilingualtheaterthroughliveperformanceswork-shopsandculturaleducationwhilehelpingadultsandyoungLatinosdiscoverhiddentalentsbuildself-confidenceandsolidifytheirculturalandindividualidentity.Throughouryouthwecanmakesuretokeepourculturealive.Saulknowsthevalueoftheartstoeducationandsocietyasawhole.WeneedEinsteinsinthisworldbutwealsoneedpoetsphotographerswriterscarpentersmusiciansandpainterstoo.Artisoneofthegreatestwaysthathumanscanexpresstheirwholespirit.Ihopethatalleducatorswillremem-berthatamongtheirstudentstheymayhaveabuddingartistthatshouldbechallengedandmotivatedtoexploretheircraft. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent32www.nea.orgespKatherineDavisDataManagerTableRockMiddleSchoolMorgantownNorthCarolinaKeddsnewswascreatedbyKatherineDaviswiththecollaborationofteachersatTableRockMiddleSchooltochallengeherstudentstolearnandgrow.Thesiteisjam-packedwithinteractivelessonstuto-rialsandgamesforstudentsinmathlanguageartsandscience.IntheWelcometotheJunglesectionstudentscanfindayearsworthoflessonplansandtherearealsoresourcesavailabletoassiststudentslookingforscholarshipsandfinancialassistance.Katherineisalsoacomputerinstructorandistheadministratorofanumberofcomputerprogramsusedattheschoolforpromotingearlyliteracy.IwantmystudentstoknowthattheycancreatewhotheywanttobeKatherinesays.AlongwithherregularschooldutiesKatherinealsomentorsyounggirlsthroughherPrincessclub.Theyhavesponsoredfather-daughterluncheonsheldfashionshowsandinvitedguestspeakerstospeaktohergirlsoneverythingfromentrepreneurismtoetiquette.Checkoutkeddsnewshere.LynnGossInstructionalParaeducatorMenomonieMiddleSchoolMenomonieWisconsinMenomonieMiddleSchoolstudentsaretoldthattheycanachieveandexcelevenifthatmeansthattheyneedadditionalinstructionorsupport.TheMenomonieMiddleSchoolprogramcalledWhatINeedisbasedontheconceptthatdifferentstudentshavedifferentpathstolearningandthatsometimesthatre-quirespersonalizedinstructionandinterven-tion.ForthosestudentswhomayneedgreaterlevelsofsupporteducatorslikeLynnGossaretheretohelpthemwiththeiracademicchal-lenges.NooneunderstandsthatlearningisnotaracebetterthanLynnGoss.ShehasanuncannyintuitioncoupledwithanenormousknowledgebasethatempowershertomakeasignificantdifferenceintheacademiclivesofstudentsidentifiedforadditionaltimeandsupportsaysStaceyEversonprincipalofMenomonieMiddleSchool.AtMenomonietheyhavealsobeentryingtoremovethesocialstigmathatcomeswithstudentswhomayneedremedialhelp.Wevebeentryingreallyhardtoremovethisstigma.Wevestartedbeinghonestandmoretrans-parentwithstudents.Inthepastwemayhavesugar-coatedthingsforthemandIthinktheyunderstoodthattomeanthattheirspecialneedsweresomethingtobeashamedof.Ithinkonceyouarehonestandtellstudentswheretheyareacademicallyandwheretheyneedtobetheirfeelingsofownershipovertheirownlearningincrease.Ithinkthisdevel-opsthesenseofresponsibilityandself-determinationtheyneedtoreachtheiracademicgoalsLynnsays.Lynnispartofherschoolsdatateamwhichincludestheschoolprincipaltwocoreteamteacherstheschoolpsychologistandthespecialeducationteacher.Animportantaspectofidentifyingstudentswhoneedextrasupportandinterventionisaccurateandtimelydatacollection.Theteamworkstogethertointer-pretthedataanddetectpatternstrendsandanyachievementgapsinEnglishlanguageartsandmath.Thisalsoallowsthemtoidentifyspecificstudentstheyneedtotargetforone-on-onesupport.AfterweinvestigatewhatisgoingonwithaspecificstudentwesometimesfindoutthatthatstudentishavingproblemswithvisionorthattheyredepressedbecausetheirfatherjustlosttheirjobortheyrebeingbulliedLynnsays.Sosometimesthesekidsjustneedmetolistentothem.Itsnotsomethingthatabookoracomputerprogramordrillingthemonfractionsisgoingtosolve.Idsaythathav-ingasupportiveandcaringrelationshipwiththemisjustasimportantasanythingelse.AnthonyMarieJohnsonParaeducatorArgentineMiddleSchoolKansasCityKansasAnthonyMarieJohnsonisaparaeducatorworkingwithspecialneedsstudentsinsocialstudiesandscience.Herprimaryresponsibilityistoensurethatstudentsareactivelyinvolvedinthelearningprocessandlearningatthehighestlevels.Asimportantasherjobasaneducatorhasbeenherworkinthecommunityhasbeenjustasvitalforherstudentsandthecommunitywhereshelives.AnthonyMariehasservedontheSingleParentScholarshipCommitteethatse-lectsandhonorssingleparentswhoarefurtheringtheireducationbyattendingalocaljuniorcollegeorcollegeuniversity.Shehasvolunteeredasanoutreachsocialworkerwithateenpregnancycentertoprovidesupporttoteensduringtheirpregnancy.SheisamemberoftheKCKBlackChamberofCommercewhichsupportstheSummerSTEMprogramforstudentsinthethirdthrougheighthgrades.Shealsoworkswithstudentsinthereadingandmathtutoringprogramrunbyanon-profitorganizationatacommunitycenternearschool.ParticipationatthecenterincreaseddramaticallyoncestudentsrecognizedthatMs.Johnsonwasatthecenter.IamafacetheyknowinthecommunityandIlooklikethemshesays.AnthonyMarieknowsthatincreasingconnectionsandfosteringcollaborationbetweenschoolparentsandthecommunityistheonlywaytoeducatethewholechild.Itreallydoestakeavillage.ofNEAESPsprovidecaretostudentswithspecialneeds.ofNEAESPsplantostayintheprofessionand75percentplantostaywiththeircurrentjobsuntiltheyretire.Didyouknowthat...SourceNEAK-12ESPMembershipSurveySpring2012andNEAElevatingESPCareersresearchstudy2012.Iwantmystudentstoknowthattheycancreatewhotheywanttobe. www.nea.orgespEDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent33KeepingEducationSupportProfessionalsWholeTheyloveworkingwithkids.Itsgreattheylovewhattheydobuttheystillhavetolive.ESPsacrossthecountryareworkingtogetherintheirunionsschoolsandcommunitiestoghtforwhattheyneedtobewhole.InorderforESPstomeettheneedsofthewholechildESPsmustalsobehealthysafeengagedsupportedandchallenged.Amajorcomponentoffeelingwholeisearningwagesandbenetsthatreecttheirworkloadcommitmentandexperience.Italsomeansworkplacerecognitionandpositivereinforcementrespectfromcolleaguesandadministratorsandaccesstoqualityprofessionaldevelopment.InYakimaWashingtonthatmeansghtingforalivingwagethatcansustainthemandtheirfamilies.MostYakimaESPswerelivingbelowthepovertylevelatabasepayof11.86anhour.InfactYakimasparaedu-catorshavehistoricallybeenthedistrictslowest-paidemployeesfordecades.ManyYakimasupportprofes-sionalshavedependedonpublicfoodandhousingassistance.ManyESPsworklessthanfulltimehoursandmayonlyworkninemonthsoutoftheyear.Theyarenoteligibletocollectunemploymentbenetsfortheremainderof www.nea.orgespEDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent34theyearwhenschoolisoutofsession.MikeHornerfromtheWashingtonEd-ucationAssociationunderscoredthatYakimaESPsknewtheycouldbemakingahighersalaryworkingoutsideofeduca-tionbutchosetostaybecausetheyloveworkingwithkids.Itsgreattheylovewhattheydobuttheystillhavearighttolive.AccordingtoHornertheYakimaschooldistricthasmanystudentswholiveinpoverty.Withahighnumberofchildrenwithspecialneedsandmanystudentswhomaygettheironlymealsofthedayatschooladedicatedsupportstaffisthatmuchmoreessential.ButlastyearinationandyearswithoutapayraiseleftYakimaESPsnotevenmakingapoverty-levelwage.Obtain-inganactuallivingwageseemednearlyimpossibletoBuffyPhillipsaYakimaESPwhowasonthedistrictsbargainingteam.Theressuchatremendousloveforthestudentsandtheprideindoingthatandyettheresthefearathome.HowamIgoingtobuythegroceriesWhereamIgoingtogoYakimaESPsincoordinationwithWashingtonEducationAssociationbeganalivingwagecampaignbymakingcommu-nitymembersawareofjusthowfarbehindESPspaywascomparedwiththewagesneededtoliveinYakima.WestartedwiththestoriesourstoriessaidPhillips.Therewereiershandedoutatfootballgames.Wewenttoneighborhoodstoletthecommunityknowwhatwasgoingonwithourdistrict.TheyalsoemphasizedthecrucialroleESPsplayinstudentsschoolexperienceandintheircommunity.Thinkofthebusdriverthisisthepersonthatpicksachildupanddropsthemoff.Thatsecretarytheclericalworkerknowsthefamiliesknowsthosekidstheirmomstheirdads.Thecafeteriaworkersknowaboutwhogetsfedornot.Theyknowthesechildrenbetterthananyadministratorordirector.Theyshouldreallybepaidmore.Theycareforhundredsofkids.Itisadisservicetopubliceducationwhenwedontsup-portthemsaidPhillips.InYakimathankstothecollectiveactionoftheESPsthebasepayisnow13.68anhour.Itsanhonestthingwereafter.Moremoneyforourfamiliesmoremon-eyinourpocketssaidKristieMaxwellaclassroomparaeducator.Wedidntde-servetobepoverty-levelpeople.IworkhardalldaywithmykidsandIdeservedmylivingwage.Beingwholealsomeansfeelingsafeandforworkersthatmeanshavingjobsecurity.Unfortunatelymanydistrictshaveconvertedtoorareconsideringprivatizingorcontractingoutmanyeducationservicesintothehandsofprivatefor-protcorporations.Whilemostoftheattentionhasbeenonthetraditionallycontracted-outjobcategoriesoftransportationcustodialandfoodservicesnoESPjobsaresafe.Districtsoftencontractoutbecauseprivatecontractorsnearlyalwayspromisecostsavingsalthoughtheyrarelydeliver.Bidsoftendonottakeintoaccountallthecostsinvolvedandcontractorsmaylow-ballinitialbidstowinacontractwithcostsrisingsignicantlyastimegoeson.AndthereismoretotheworkofESPsthanjustcostsandmuchmoreatstakewhenjobsarecontractedoutthequalityofeducationandeventhesafetyofourchildrencanbeatrisk.Privatecontrac-torsmaybringinstrangersfromoutsidethecommunitywithnoconnectiontothestudentsandfamiliestheyserveandcost-cuttingcanthreatenstudentandemployeehealthandsafety.DefeatingprivatizationbeginswitheducatingschoolboardsparentsandourcommunitiesaboutthevitalrolesESPs www.nea.orgespEDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent35playinourstudentseducationsandlives.Thereisnomagicwandtowavebeatingprivatizationtakeshardwork.MembersofClearviewEducationAssociationCEAinNewJerseyknowthisalltoowell.CEAisamergedlocalwith330membersincludingabout100ESPswhosecurrentcontractrunsthroughJune302015.LastyearonMarch20with15monthsremainingonthatcontractSuper-intendentJohnHorchakoftheClearviewRegionalSchoolDistricttoldcustodiansandparaeducatorsthattheirjobsmightbeprivatized.IwassobrokenupwhenIheardthenewssaysMikeLarmondacustodianformorethan20yearsknowntostudentsasMisterMike.Ilovegettingupinthemorningandgoingtowork.IwanttogivemyretirementspeechatClearviewnotsomewhereelse.ThesooneryourealizeyourschoolboardisconsideringprivatizationthebetterpreparedyoucanbetoghtitsaysScottWagnerateacherfor32yearsandCEApresident.Youneedtostayready.WithinaweekSuperintendentHorchakbeganadvertisingbidsfortheESPjobs.OurpeopleweretoldtheycouldprobablyhaveajobwiththeprivatecompanybutforprobablylesspayfewerhoursandnobenetsWagnersays.IdontthinkanyoftheESPsweregoingtoapplyforthosejobs.IdidntseethatonecomingsaysDianeDAgostiniaClearviewparaeducatorfor18yearswhosefourchildrengraduatedfromClearviewRegionalHighSchool.Itwasonmymind247.Icouldntsleepawink.SoonaftertheMarchmeetingsCEAlaunchedananti-privatizationcampaignwithsupportfrommembersparentsstudentsandtheNewJerseyEducationAssociationNJEA.WewereabletoactfastwiththehelpofNJEADAgostinisays.Theymetwithusandgaveusideasandattendedboardmeetings.OneofthoseideasincludedDAgostiniworkingwithanartteachertocreate8by10-inchcardboardcerticatesprintedintheschoolcolorsofgreenandgold.The30certicateswerenotforframing.Longgreenribbonswerethreadedinpunchedholesinthetopcornersofeachcerticatecreatingminiaturebillboardsthatmem-berscouldsportatboardmeetings.ThecerticatesreadProudtobeaClearviewemployeefor__numberofyears.ThenumberwaslledinperESPaswellasblownupusingenormousblockglitterygureswhichshimmeredinthelight.ThosenumbersstoodoutinacrowdandmostweredoubledigitssaysDAgostini.Webleedgreenandgoldandhavealwaysbeenproudsupportersofourschools.CEAalsocreated250lawnsignsingreenandgoldannouncingthecampaignsthemeNoStrangersinOurClearviewSchools.TrusteeseventuallydecidedatanApril24boardmeetingnottoprivatizeparaed-ucators.OneindicationofCEAsupportoccurredatthemeetingwhenmorethan200CEAmembersparentsandstudentsshowedup.Ofcialswereforcedtorelo-catethemeetingfromthelibrarytotheschoolauditorium.ItwouldhavebeenarecodeviolationtostayinthelibraryLarmondsays.EverybodycametoourboardmeetingsevenESPsandteachersfromotherdistricts.Nobodywantsstrangersintheirschool.OnMay7boardmembersalsowithdrewtheirproposaltosubcontractcustodialservices.Itwasannouncedinthemiddleofathree-hourbudgetmeetingsaysWagnerwhowaspreparedtochallengetheproposalatthemeetingbutinsteadtookthepodiumandthankedtheboardforwithdrawingit.Peoplegavetheannouncementastandingovation. www.nea.orgespEDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent36BetweenoneinfourandoneinthreeK-12studentsreporthavingbeenbulliedaccordingtostopbullying.gov.Asmoreandmoreincidentsofviolenceandsuicidearereportedduetopervasivebullyingschoolsarescramblingtodevelopsolutionstostopthisepidemic.Manyschoolsarendingthatthemosteectiveapproachtobullyingpreventionisonethatisinclusiveofallschoolstaparentsstudentsandthecommunity.Reportsshowthatstudent-on-studentbully-ingfrequentlyoccursduringlunchandrecessbetweenclassperiodsinhallwaysandonbusridesbeforeandafterschoolallplaceswhereESPshaveauniqueandprivilegedroletoseeandinterveneinbullyingbehavior.ESPsareusuallytherst-lineresponderstostudentswhoarebeingbulliedsaysLorieMinerspecialeducationassistantatMat-SuDaySchoolinWasillaAlaska.Weareinthehallwaysbathroomscafeteriasplaygroundsbusesandlockerrooms.Howeverbullyingcanbehardtospotandidentifyandmanyvictimsarestilltooashamedorafraidtoaskadultsforhelp.Bulliestoocanchangetheirbullyingbehaviortobelessconspicuous.ForthesereasonsNEAtookaproactiveap-proachandcreatedtrainingcadrestotrainteachersadministratorsandeducationsup-portprofessionalsonhowtoidentifyandeectivelyinterveneininstancesofbullying.NEAdevelopedtheNEABullyingPreventionKitandanti-bullyingwebsiteNEAsBullyFreeItStartswithMetoprovideresourcestoeducatorsandparents.Thekitandwebsiteprovidethebestavailableresearchonbullyingprevention.TheyalsoprovideguidanceforeducatorswonderingHowdoIadvocateHowdoIinterveneWhatisbullyingInadditionNEAactivelysendsexperttrainersouttocommunitiesanddistrictshithardbybullyingandbully-relatedsuicide.OnecaringadultonaschoolcampuscanmakeanenormousdierenceinthelifeofabulliedchildsaysMinerwhofacilitatesaworkshoptitledTheImportantRoleofESPsinStudentBullyingPreventionandInterven-tion.OneworkshopstrategyshestressesQuicklyrecreateabullyingincidentwiththestudentsinvolved.ThenrolemodeltheappropriateinteractionbetweentheindividualsMinersays.Weencouragestudentstoresolveconictsandnotfeelashamedaboutdiscussingitwithsta.InTooeleUTparentsandstudentsintheTooeleCountySchoolDistrictTCSDhadbeencomplainingthatbullyinghadbecomeapersistentdistrict-wideproblemthatneededimmediateadministrationattention.OnOctober312014inpartnershipwithTCSDtheTooeleEducationSupportProfessionalsAssociationTESPAandtheUtahSchoolEmployeesAssociationUSEAcametogethertoprovideacomprehensivetrainingforschoolsupportstaonbullyingandsuicideprevention.Thetrainingmarksthelaunchofayear-longanti-bullyingcampaigninthedistrict.EducationsupportprofessionalssuchasbusdriverscafeteriaworkersandparaeducatorsareofteninapositiontoseebullyinginplacesthatarenotseenbyteachersandotherschoolstasaidMikeGarciaTESPAPresidentwhospokeattheTooeletraining.Theyneedtrain-ingtohelpunderstandwhatbullyingiswhatitsnotandwhattodoaboutbullyingwhentheyseeit.Nearly400ESPsattendedtheone-daytraining.Suchagreatturnoutmeansthatsupportstawanttodotheirbesttokeeptheirstudentssafeandbully-freesaidUSEAPresidentJeradReay.IamproudthattheTooeleESPAssociationidentiedthisneedandprovidedagreattrainingforitsmembers.IknowthatTooelesESPcommunitynowhastheknowledgetospotsuicidaltendenciesbeforetheybecomeatragedy.TotakeNEAsBully-Freepledgeandndan-ti-bullyingresourcesclickhere. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent37www.nea.orgespTheWholeSchoolMustProtecttheWholeChildAgainstBullyingItscriticalthatschoolsmaintainanadequateadult-to-studentsupervisionratio.Studentscannotsolvetheproblemobullyingontheirown.Thatswhytheyneedthehelpoalladultsintheschoolcommunity.Iyoudonotinterveneyouenabletheschoolsystemtoperpetuatethisbehaviorandremainunhealthyandunsaeorallstudents.Caringmeansdemonstratingthewilltostayawareandtoactinaprotec-tiveashionandindoingsocreatinganemotionallysupportiveschool.HavinganESPsupportandcareorastudentoutsidetheclassroomcanseemmoreauthenticasitisseennotasanobligationtoreachouttothestudentbutmoreasachoice.Althoughstudentleaderscanplayapartinreducingbullyingbehaviorwithintheschooladultsmustfllacrucialrole.Bullyingcanbesubtleandhardtodetectmakingitachallengeoradultstointervene.Thatswhybullyingidentifcationreportingandinterventiontrainingarecrucialtoensureanadequateadultresponse.Awholeschoolpolicyistheoundationoanti-bullyinginterventions.Theremustbeaschool-widecommitmenttoaddressingbullying.Iadultsdonotprovidethein-terventionstudentsneedthenstudentswilltakemattersintotheirownhandsgenerallyortheworsenotthebetter. EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent38www.nea.orgespImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbymakingthemahealthyandnutritiousmealeverydayforbreakfastandlunch.Ialwaysmakesuretohaveapositiveattitudeandasmileonmyfacewhenthestudentspassthroughmylunchline.RosaOropezaTexasImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbygreetingthemwithhappysmilesastheyentertheocedaily.Igivethemhugsaswellasencouragementwhentheycometoschoolnotwantingtoseparatefrommomordad.OftentimesIsitandcomfortstudentsthatwerenotpickedupontimeorifthebushasreturnedthembecausenoonewashometoreceivethem.BenitaTownsendTennesseeImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbyassistingstudentsselectionoflibrarymaterialsbasedontheirinterestsandreadinglevels.Icreateanenvironmentwhereeverychildisvaluedandfeelswelcome.Eachchildistreatedasanindividualwhobringsauniquepersonalityintothelearningenvironment.KarenWestermanIllinoisImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbysupportingaschoolculturethatval-ueseachstudent.Ilookforcreativewaystosupportandexpandonstudentslearningexperiences.WehavefunlearningtogetherEstherShephardOregonImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbyprovidingsupervisionforelementaryschoolstudentsexitingthemorningbusesandescortingthekindergartenbusstudentstoclass.Ialsomeettheneedsofthewholestudentbyteachingmathandreadingskillsinasmallgroupsettingtosupportstudentswithbehavioralchallenges.EdenDiasMontanaImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbymatchingmyteachingtoeachstudentstal-entsandinterests.Practicingourempatheticlisteningskillseacheducatorenhancesstu-dentsdrivebyconnectingourteachingtotheirdevelopingdreams.Asateachingtoolwemustlinkourstudentswheneverpossibletocommunity.ChristopherHalpinVermontImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbycaringforandgettingtoknowthemasanindividualrst.Bybuildinghealthyrelation-shipsandunderstandingeachstudentsdiverselifeexperienc-esstrengthsandweaknessesIcanbettermeettheirneedscreatingmeaningfulandtransferablelessonsintheclassroomandbeyond.LoriCromanMaineImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbyalwaysgivingthemasenseofsecurityandwarmthfrommyheartthatmakesthemwanttocometolearn.IwantthemtobehappytoseemeanytimeandtoletthemknowthatpeoplelikemeEducationSupportProfessionalsbelieveinthem.WilmaBuntingOklahomaImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbyinsuringthattheirrecordsareaccurateandcompletereectingthesuccessesandprogressmadehereatschoolImakesurethateachstudentfeelswelcomewitheachvisittotheoceandthatinmetheyhaveanadvocatewhoprovidesahappywelcomingandsafeplaceduringtheschoolday.BobbieStefensenIdahoImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbyassessingtheirstrengthsandneedswhetheritbephysicallysociallyemotionallyoreducationally.KristinChaseRhodeIslandImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbyprovidingwisdomtechnicalknowledgeassistancesupportandrespecttoallstu-dents.PerhapsmostimportantlyIlistentoeachstudentsothatIcanunderstandwhatheorsheneedstosucceedandIattempttosteertheminthatdirection.LoisPowersMassachusettsImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbystruc-turingmysupportasateachingassistantaroundtheirvariousanduniqueneeds.Idothisbyensuringthattheyareinasafeenvironmentandbypreparingthemforreallifeexperiencesbybeingagoodrolemodelandbuildingtheirself-esteem.MargieBrumeldNewYorkESPsMeetingtheNeedsotheWholeStudentImeettheneedsofthewholestudentbylookingforopportu-nitiestoupliftandencouragethestudentswhenevertheycomeincontactwithmeormycoworkers.Weallhaveadeepresponsibil-itytoensurethatstudentsaretreatedwithtendernessrespectanddignity.Wemustensurethattheyaremadetofeelsafefromintimidationandindierencesotheycanthrivewhileinourcare.RogerPateUT EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent39www.nea.orgespNormanCosgroveAlaskaSharonMartinAlabamaStevenYoungArkansasJanetEberhardtCalifornia2015NEAESPoftheYearAnnBenninghoffColoradoBarbaraMacGeorge-SorgDelawareAnneHagieIowaBobbieSteffensenIdahoKarenWestermanIllinoisAnthonyMarieJohnsonKansasLoisPowersMassachusettsAngelaStuartMarylandLoriCromanMaineCindyBroseMinnesotaJaneMcWilliams-SykesMissouriEdenDiasMontanaKatherineDavisNorthCarolinaJulieLaFranceNorthDakotaYvonneBorghettiNewHampshireGeorgeAlWoodNewJerseyDelphinaGarciaNewMexicoAndyPiperNevadaMargieBrumfeldNewYorkDellaSampselOhioWilmaBuntingOklahomaEstherShephardOregonKristinChaseRhodeIslandConstanceJacobySouthDakotaBenitaTownsendTennesseeRosaOropezaTexasRogerPateUtahChristopherHalpinVermontMargueriteJonesWashingtonThaddeusChaudoirWisconsinElizabethCrislipWyomingCongratulationstothe2015NEAEducationSupportProfessionaloftheYearNomineesWhatIfAPoembyDaveArnoldFormerCustodianBrownstownElementarySchoolIllinoisLetssupposejustforamomentwhatiftherewerentanyESPsWhatwouldbecomeofourschoolsandwherewouldeducationbeIfnotforthededicationofeachEducationSupportProfessional.HowcouldourschoolseversurviveorevenfunctionatallForthebusdriverwouldntbetheretopickupchildrenalongthewayThedoorswouldntbeunlockedthelightsonorthebuildingsheatedeachday.TheaideswouldntbetheretohelpthosechildrenwithaspecialneedOrthecookswouldnthaveahotandtastymealreadyforalltofeed.SchoolsecuritywouldntbetheretowatchoverthechildrenwithcareEachchildsrecordswouldntbethesecretarysloadtobear.Thecomputerswouldcrashwithoutthetechniciantokeepthemup-to-dateAndifnotforthemaintenancepersonnelonecanonlyguesstheschoolsfate.Andtherearemanymorethatgivesomucheachinadierentcapacity.FortoeachESPeducationisfarmorethanjustanotherjoborutilityEducationiseachchildsfuturethehopeandprayersofournation.ForthatfutureeachdayESPsgivetheirworkloveanddedication. 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