Oklahoma Education Support Professionals

Organizing for Power

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16
OEA Headquarters, Oklahoma City

Education Support Professionals from around the state are invited to participate in this unique training opportunity. Whether you from a bargaining local, a non-bargaining local or a wall to wall unit, you’ll build organizational skills beneficial in all aspects of the association. Topics to be covered will include Organizing Skills Overview, Communication with Members, Organizing to Increase Membership and Building an Organizing Plan.

Teams of ESPs from the same district are encourage to attend together and create plans specific to your local association. There is no cost to participate, but preregistration is encouraged. Training materials, breakfast and lunch are included.

For more information, contact Lilia Ocampo at locampo@okea.org, 800.522.8091, or 405.528.7785.

It's More Than a Job, It's a Career

The National Education Association has posted 27 different videos of education support professionals from around the country talking about the importance of their positions. Click this link and scroll down the page to find the vidoes.

Living Wage Campaign

Is your local ESP Association interested in learning more about the NEA Living Wage Campaign?  Click here for the Top 10 Steps for a successful plan.  If you have any questions about this or any other Association activity please contact your OEA Organizing Specialist.

Oklahoma ESP and Oklahoma School Law

Articles from Oklahoma School Law that pertain specifically to Oklahoma’s Education Support Professionals are now listed.  If you have any questions about ESP rights under the law please contact your OEA Advocate. View the articles here.

We are the...

  • school bus driver who greets your child with a warm "hello" and delivers him safely to school
  • cafeteria worker who gives your daughter a warm, healthy meal
  • paraeducator who provides your child with a little extra help in the classroom
  • office assistant who makes sure your son's records are up to date
  • technician who wires the classroom computers
  • custodian who works to keep schools clean
  • security professional who helps keep students safe.

We make up more than 40 percent of the total K-12 education workforce. We are a critically important part of the school community.

We bring years of experience to our jobs. On average, K-12 ESP members have nearly 11 years of experience in education support work.

We are dedicated to students and schools. Nearly 95 percent of K-12 ESPs surveyed in 1997 said they planned to stay in education.

We have strong ties to the community. Nearly 80 percent of us...

  • volunteer time to community organizations or activities
  • live in the school districts where we work


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OEA ESP Directors At Large: Wilma Bunting, Moore, and Gale Henry, Stillwater, serve as your representatives on the OEA Board of Directors.

Wilma Bunting
Education Suport Professionals of Moore
School 405.735.4120

Gale Henry
Stillwater ESP
School 405.612.6669

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