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Old 11-16-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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She was not being insensitive. She understands the most effective format for RTI.

All your PD and research, although important doesn't negate that being a teacher requires a bachelors degree thus making them more qualified than you to work with the most dysfunctional students .


I am the reading specialist at my school. In order to qualify for the job I had to acquire a Master's degree and an additional certification of Reading Specialist. Thus at my school the SPED teachers and I work with the lowest students. The gen ed teachers with the next level and my paras with the highest achieving level providing enrichment. This is because during the acquisition my advanced degree I learned that the most effective implementation of RTI is the most qualified work with the lowest functioning students . This says nothing about how qualified you are as a paraprofessional. Just that you definitely are not the most qualified. When my daughter had brain surgery I expected the most qualified neurosurgeon to do her surgery most certainly not a highly qualified medical assistant .


I have two paras with more than 25 years experience. Never do they presume to be more qualified than I. I respect them, we plan together, and I am continually training them so they are able to take things to the next level. But make no mistake I am responsible making sure our lowest students receive the most strategic intensive interventions to prevent them for qualifying for SPED if possible.


She wasn't being insensitive. She was praising your school for putting in place the most effective model of RTI.


Can you see I am sensitive to the undervaluing of education teachers earn?
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