Who We Are, What We Do

EAW ESP Tina Mansfield

Worcester bus driver Tina Mansfield, left, with former School Committee member Tracy O'Connell Novick, center, and bus monitor Justa Fernandez, right, outside of Mansfield's bus. Novick rode the bus routes with Mansfield, Fernandez and students as part of an event sponsored by the Educational Association of Worcester.
ESPs at the heart of every school

Education Support Professionals are critical members of the education workforce and ensure student success from preschool through college.They have a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion and play critical roles in the school community.They make up a third of the education workforce and keep students healthy, safe, supported, engaged and challenged so they are ready to learn.

How the MTA Supports ESPs

Contract Bargaining

Students’ learning conditions are your working conditions. The MTA is here to help local associations and units at the bargaining table.The MTA PreK-12 ESP Bill of Rights was established as a result of work done by members of the Paraprofessional Wage Task Force.

Political Action

Our collective strength makes us a powerful advocate for improving the working and learning conditions for you and for our students. We’ll work together with your local association and the National Education Association to make sure the public and our representatives in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., have the information they need to make the right choices for public education and school employees.

Top Priorities

Our priorities include investing in public preK-12 to higher education, including achieving a living wages for ESPs and creating a state fund to incentivize paid family and medical leave for public school educators; ending the high-stakes testing regime; ensuring the right to strike for educators and certain other public sector workers; and providing a dignified retirement for retired educators.

Our Legislative Priorities

Professional Development

You’ll discover that you need to continually update your own skills. This need is greater than ever under current federal and state standards for instructional ESPs in schools that receive federal Title I funding. The MTA offers many professional development opportunities and holds a statewide ESP Conference each spring. Locals can also get staff support for their professional development committees and help locating PD trainers for their schools.

Union Skills

The MTA offers a variety of resources and trainings to give ESPs a solid understanding of their rights, their contract and the tools available to fight for better working conditions.

Training & Professional Learning

Retirement Planning

ESPs work under dozens of different pension plans and retirement planning can be difficult. The MTA has staff trained to help ESPs understand and prepare for retirement. Contact Retirement Services to make an individual appointment at (617) 878-2840 or to schedule a training for your members at your worksite.

Retirement Planning

MTA ESP Committee

The MTA Education Support Professionals Committee is a group of ESPs who are appointed by the MTA president to support and advocate for the needs of MTA ESP members. The committee plans regional trainings, including the MTA ESP Conference and workshops at the MTA Summer Conference as well as provides input and recommendations on ESP-related matters.

Interested in serving on the MTA ESP Committee or another MTA Committee?