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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.