Washington ESPs: A foundation for our students
Great public schools require a combined effort by many dedicated people. Education Support Professionals (ESP) are committed, caring WEA members who prepare students for success every day.
Read the latest ESP news
- Scholarships available for ESP pursuing teaching certificate
- Nominate an outstanding educator for WEA ESP of the Year
- Rochester ESPs stand up for a living wage
- Celebrating ESPs during American Education Week
- Read the ESP ACT Report
If you need help, your local association is your first point of contact for support and information. Your local also has the support of a UniServ council that provides essential trainings, collective bargaining expertise and member representation. Learn more.
The WEA/ESP Action Coordinating Team is a statewide group made up of leaders who are dedicated to advocating for and advising local ESP units. The team works to promote member satisfaction, strengthen local bargaining units and empower education support professionals through increased skills.
As a WEA member, you are also part of the National Education Association. The NEA offers ESP resources, professional development opportunities and more:
- NEA Education Support Professionals
- Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student (downloadable digital book)
- 2017 NEA ESP Conference
- National Council for Education Support Professionals
Working for a living wage
Every worker deserves a living wage. A living wage means earning enough to pay for basic necessities: rent, food, utilities, childcare, healthcare and transportation. People who work full time should not have to live below the poverty line.
Several ESP units in Washington, with assistance from WEA and NEA, have initiated grassroots organizing efforts for living wages in their communities.