In order to foster better communication throughout the building we thought we would try to do an occasional “Did you know??” segment. This first segment centers on the ESPs in our building. Many of you have worked with ESPs in your classroom, but we think there is a lack of clarity around their role amongst general education teachers. After meeting with them recently, these are some things that they would love for us all to know:
- ESPs are paid hourly and only paid to work 5.75 hours/day. This typically means they arrive at 7:30 and leave at 1:45
- ESPs have a 30 minute lunch and a 15 minute break daily, for which they are not paid
- ESPs do not have any prep periods
- For these reasons, an ESP working in your classroom may appear to arrive “late” or leave early. Sometimes this is to accommodate their break. Other times it may be because they are communicating with another classroom teacher. Since they have no prep time, they have to do this before or after class which can affect their arrival or departure time to or from their next class.
- It would be very helpful to invite ESPs into your CANVAS classes as observers. This helps them to be on the same page as their students.
If you have a topic that you think would be helpful to communicate to others, let us know and we can turn it into a “Did You Know??” topic! Thanks and have a great school year.