I Got the Job!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Ms. I

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    I just got a phone call! I was offered the elementary resource specialist position for a district 15 minutes away from my home! The school is across the street from the district bldg. I'm so thrilled!

    Now does anyone know of a retired RSP teacher in southern California who can help me along because I'm pretty sure there are no special ed support providers in this district? I'd be willing to pay!
     
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  3. Beth2004

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    Congrats!
     
  4. wifemomteach06

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    Congrats and Good Luck!
     
  5. goopp

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    congrats! Remember to take some time for yourself and celebrate!
     
  6. MissFrizzle

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    Good Luck!:) :love:
     
  7. TeacherRW

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    Yeah!! Great news!!! Congratulations!!!
     
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    www.teachers.net click on chatboards click on retired teachers.

    I don't know if you will get a response here or not, but might be worth a try.

    Happy for you
     
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    Congrats!

    Lobster and wine for you tonight!
     
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    What great news! Congratulations.
     
  11. Terrence

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    Congratulations! It feels great to finally get a job after so much time worrying doesn't it?
     
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    congrats.......yepppeeeee
     
  13. JaimeMarie

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    Congratulations!
     
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    Congratulations! :D What part of Cali are you in?
     
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    Happy to hear!!! It will be a blast!
     
  16. Ms. I

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    Thanks everyone for all your congrats! Yes Terrence, it's nice to know I'm all set for fall.:D

    San Bernardino county
     
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    That's excellent!!!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    congratulations!
     
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    Ms I: Congrats again. I'm out here in So Cal. I am happy for you.
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Congrats, Ms. I! You will be great!
     
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    Mrs. I

    I currently work in a special day classroom which uses an approach that is almost similar to a resource classroom. What grades will you be giving education support to? Is this a pull-out program where the students will be coming to you for help? Do you know if you will be provided with a paraprofessional for some assistance? Have you seen the caseload that you are going to be working with? Do you need assistance with physical organization of your classroom? Have you seen the classroom itself? I would suggest that you visit the classroom to see what is where and what you have to work with. You may have to purchase extra things for more structure. It helps for you to understand your students' learning preferences as well. You should be familiar with what they are supposed to be working on too. I know i'm asking a lot of questions, but it helps to know where you need the most help.

    Troy in Downey, CA
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    Thanks everyone for your posts!

    Hello Troy! Thanks for posting. My answers will be after your questions:
    I need the most help in administering assessments, scoring them, & interpreting results. Also, what types of assessments are given at these times & to which types of students. Also, what to say at IEP meetings & knowing all the timelines for when to do certain paperwork & doing assessments, etc. I'd appreciate your help if you're willing to! :)
     
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    Here in Canada, Education falls under the umbrella of the provincial government so all IEP guidelines are set out by them. Our Ministry of Education has a publication specifically on IEP's. Also, your school board should have its own guidelines, procedures and expectations which will help to answer some of your questions--I spent the past couple of days going through 2 huge binders which discussed things like: roles of classroom teachers, Special Ed teachers and administration, timelines and guidelines for writing IEPs, the entire process of Special Ed identification within our Board, etc. Go onto the board website to see if you can find some links to Special Education information. As far as a mentor, could you see about setting up some informal support with a teacher in another school with the same job?

    Good luck...I know how you feel...I'm in your shoes right now, expect I know that I have 2 amazing colleagues who will hold my hand when I need it!
     
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    the assessments are probably going to be either the Brigance assessment or the Woodcock Johnson Test. You should make sure that your students have been properly assessed before they are sent to your room. Also, make sure that their general education teacher has done accomodations and modifications to their curriculum to help your students grasp the concepts they are learning. I would also check to see if your students have individual behavior plans as well. You will always have to fill out a present levels of functioning sheet for your IEP. You must review the previous year's goals and short-term objectives and decide if they have been met and if they haven't you may have to modify or rewrite the previous year's goals. You need to include the general education teacher at all IEP's (is a requirement). You need to keep data on how your students are performing and if they start to improve, write down what you did that works with them. If you have students with behavior issues, you should have data collection on that as well. What district do you work for? I work for LACOE under the Downey-Montebello SELPA (Special Education Local Planning Area). These two districts are allowed to interchange students with special needs, especially students with more moderate-severe disabilities. I would suggest that you ask to see your students' IEP's so that you will be prepared to set up the lessons for these students. IEP short-term objectives should be included in your daily lesson plans as well. The IEP objectives should be individualized, according to the students' individual needs.

    Troy in Downey, CA
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    Thanks for all your info Troy & MrsC. I work for a really small (4 schools) district in San Bernardino county.
    What do you know about the Excel Model and Response to Intervention? I had never heard of either one until until recently. Maybe we can PM each other from time to time when I need help. If any of you can think of any info, tips, how to work w/ aide, etc., etc., etc., please don't hesitate to PM me. Thanks!:)
     

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