COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd have become windows through which we’ve seen how our leaders respond to crisis, says Andrea Beeman.
Without access to the services and one-on-one instruction these students need, special educators worry that much of the progress they’ve made will be lost.
“We need the best masks and gloves to keep us healthy so we can keep working to keep the school healthy.”
While some ESPs are eager to return, many are nervous that it’s too soon.
Some have joined hospital staff on the frontlines, while others have engaged with the community to do virtual wellness checks and help in any way they can.
“We are critical in helping the students and families we serve get through this crisis,” says special education paraprofessional Andrea Beeman.
Mentoring is critical to enhance the professional expertise of employees and retain quality educators.
After organizing hurricane relief efforts two years ago, an Illinois educator leads another drive after recent earthquakes.
Texas paraeducators win across-the-board pay increase, but education support professionals still struggle to pay for basic living expenses.
New Hampshire paraprofessional Melissa Alexander couldn’t hold her husband’s hand during chemo treatments. She had to go to work.