Resource Specialist in California

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  1. Canadianteach

    Canadianteach New Member

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    I am teacher from Canada and have been offered a Resource Specialist Position with LA Unified. I have been doing some research on the web and trying to find out more about California/US schooling systems. What can I expect, this will be my third year teaching, I have been teaching grade 2 for the past two years. In Canada, a Resource Specialist position is considered Learner Support Teacher. Now I was confused when the principal said that I will have a full time aid which will be there 5 hours a day. Is there a difference between Resource Specialist teachers and Special Day class? Learner Support Teachers do not receive aids only special needs children. If you could please shed some light in this area that would be great. Also how intensive are writing IEPs. General Ed teachers in Canada are not responsible for them. Any tips on how a new teacher starting out as resource would be great.
     
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  3. TeachWildThings

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    Resource is generally a pull out program or you go into a classroom as back up for your spe ed students...you also modify their curriculum.

    The aide implements the modifications that you have come up with for each particular student, you track the progress & you work together. In the one on one situation you essentially perform the same duties. But you as the teacher are responsible for colaboration with gen ed teacher & IEP's & their fulfillment.
     
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    I'm working on becoming an RSP teacher. It usually is a pull-out program where you work w/ a group of usually 4-7 kids anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hrs. On average, you can have 6-8 groups of kids in a day. But it can also be collaborative where you have to go to the general ed classroom. When I student taught, the co-op teacher I worked w/ did both. I prefer the pull-out program where they come to the RSP room. You do have an aide for 5-6 hrs & depending on how many RSP kids you have, they give you a 2nd aide or an IRSP teacher teaches the extra students (itinerant resource specialist). The difference is that w/ a Special Day Class, you have the same big class all day long, but you still have an aide & when you get a certain amount of kids, you get a 2nd aide. I think RSP is easier than SDC. With RSP, you usually see kids only 4 days a week & the "free" day is for you to do paperwork, testing & hold IEP meetings. Usually in an SDC class, there are 2-3 grade levels in one class & that's challenging to provide the appropriate lessons to fit everyone.
     
  5. Malcolm

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    BC to LA? You are in for a big culture shock!

    Check out the California Commission for Teacher Credentially web site. You might want to start here: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl625.html.

    Have you checked out the cost/standard of living in the LA area, what the commutes are like, the difference in health and retirement insurance and systems between LA and BC, what the school you will be teaching in is like, etc.? If not, you should.

    I don't know what funding is like in BC, but ever since the property tax reform in California, public schools have been hurting. And I'll bet inner city schools in BC are nothing like inner city schools in LA.

    Don't want to scare you off. If you are good, we need you. But forewarned is forearmed.
     
  6. AspieTeacher

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    Canadianteach,

    I work currently in the Los Angeles area under the "county" program which services the needs of the more moderate-severe special education populations. I want you to be aware up front that many students in California come from all over the country as well as from many different countries and the majority of the students do come from Latin backgrounds. There is an abundance of students who have parents who do not speak English here too. It would be beneficial if you are able to speak Spanish and some other languages. There is a big "union" attitude with the teaching profession in this area too. I have observed teachers who think of the profession as just a "job" to make money and have a little consideration for the students. I would also suggest that you determine what the California Credential requirements are before you start. If you are granted a "Clear" Education Specialist Credential you will not have to complete the Level I Preliminary or Level II Professional Clear Requirements which involves extra university requirements. I am also observing that Resource Pull-Out programs are becoming the NEW SDC (special day classes) for students with behavior problems. Los Angeles has a HIGH number of gangs as well. I wish you the best of luck.

    Troy
     
  7. Blondie Mommie

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    Last year I was a Resource Specialist for LAUSD. I have changed positions this year to a sped ed class. As far as the resource position goes you will spend a lot of time on the computer. You will be able to see kids when the general ed teacher is able to send them. Your program is really going to be dictated by the type of school you are at. If your school is a collaborative school you will do just fine. You will be responsible for all of their IEP's and for a log on Welligent that you will have to update daily to record what students you worked with and what you did. I hope this helps.
     
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    Hi everyone! I'm in southern CA & I'm interviewing for elem RSP positions. The only experience I've done is subbing & ST (stud. teaching), which, as you know is definitely not the same once you're the permanent teacher!

    I hope we can keep this thread alive because I'm going to need A LOT of help from all you experienced resource specialists! It would be nice to be able to PM some of you sometime. The districts in my area don't seem to have special ed support providers, so more than likely, once I'm hired, I'm on my own!

    Questions: Since each student has such individualized needs, what activities helps them all when working w/ them in the groups. I welcome all helpful PM's! Any tips, hints, helpful websites, books, videos, etc., etc. would be greatly appreciated! :)
     

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