Kristen Pekarek

Thanks to Millions of Professionals Who Support Our Students Every Day

American Education WeekSupported, the fourth tenet of the ASCD Whole Child Initiative, says that each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults. While teachers, administrators, and parents are often the most recognized adults in the school community, we must also remember the often-overlooked adults helping to educate and keep our kids safe—the school support staff.

There are more than 2.9 million support professionals working in education today, providing services such as clerical, administrative, and technical support; transportation; food planning and service; nursing and healthcare; and security. These individuals' dedication, expertise, and dependability support our children's success and make our school communities great. It is important to remember that the services they provide are essential and invaluable components of each school day. Today, in recognition of American Education Week's Educational Support Professionals Day, we are recognizing these individuals for their part in helping to keep kids healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Below is an infographic and a video that provide an overview of the school support profession as well as highlighting the importance of these individuals in our schools. Also, many of our Whole Child Partners focus their work around specific support professions, making them great resources on these roles.



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