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More training and a little progress

Today's training was better that I feared it would be. It was about how the district plans to evaluate how well we do our jobs. The state requires that we get 5 hours of training on the subject!!! The instructor made it pretty interesting by giving lots of real-life examples and having us work in small groups.

I think it's odd that the principals evaluate the therapists, because they don't know much about our jobs. Usually, principals have had hours of experience in the classroom, so they are well qualified to judge teachers. However, what we do is different than what a teacher does. I'm not too worried about it, though.

After the training, I went over to the co-op office and was able to review the assessment file of the child who was tested over the summer. I have to hold her ARD meeting next week. I am starting to get a little worried about it because my supervisor won't be back until next week. I can't schedule the thing until Monday, but I think I have to give the parent a certain number of days notice. Also, I have no idea what paperwork I have to do!!

I met the diagnostician that I'll be working with; she seems very nice. The diagnostician gives all the general academic tests that the therapists don't cover. She and I will be working with the same kids a lot. It will be nice to have someone around that knows the paperwork. The diags also spend one day a week at the co-op office, so if I need some supplies from there she can bring them by. That is very helpful because the co-op is about 40 minutes away from where I will be working.

I hope I can talk to the SLP who did the testing tomorrow at our co-op training.


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Aug. 7th, 2002 08:37 pm (UTC)
I think it's great that they train you in how they evaluate you. That's such a good system. I also think that since no matter what hiearchy they say is in place (SLP coordinator at a large school, for example), the realpolitik is the principal, anyway, so they are just being up front.

The first evaluation will be interesting, and I'm sure you'll do great.

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