An NEA task force develops a new way for ESP to show how their jobs promote student achievement. The ultimate payoff: more respect.
Besides translating in one-on-one and group settings, conducting bilingual testing, and reporting results to her bilingual program director, New Mexico paraeducator Lillian Chavira encourages students to be proud of their cultural heritage.
Never tell Lillian Chavira she's "just" an ESP.
In addition to checking attendance cards and visiting the streets and homes of absent students, New Jersey school attendance officer Richie Malizia often tells a frowning child to "Smile--the sun is out!" When the smile just won't appear, Malizia will tip off teachers that something's wrong.
Never, ever tell this child expert he's "just" an ESP.
"Not everyone is cut out to be an ESP," insists Chavira, a …