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Ok, I’m trying to bump up my score so I can certify this go round. It has been awhile since I did C4 and am doing the retake now. I may be overthinking this, but wanted to run my idea past you guys to see if it would work.

For the PLN I am involved in establishing MTSS (multi tiered systems of support) for our high school. We will be starting in the grade level I teach. Because I am Exceptional Needs do I need to show how this effects the student population on IEP?

For my Student Need (SN) I am working with my PLC team. I co-teach all classes and work closely with my team. I have designed a pre-assessment for the unit we will start after Christmas and as a team, we are working on developing the post assessment. I was going to focus on 3 students in 1 class on IEP, but all assessments will be for all students. Can I use the whole class data and then pull out the data from just the students on IEP?

I feel like I’m overthinking, but this is my last hoorah at getting certified without having to redo the whole thing again. Ugh!



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you have to define the populations in your school that you're using as a focus for your PLN and SN.

for both my PLN and SN, i worked with other teachers who had similar classes to mine, and we implemented the same teaching strategies and shared our data. but i've seen other teachers who were more school-wide with their approaches to both the PLN and SN. 2 teachers in my dept who certified worked with larger groups of students, many of whom were completely out of their content areas with their PLN, for example.

it depends 100% on how you articulated your PLN and SN, and who you're working with regarding fellow teachers and student populations, all of which are 100% unique for your position and school.

i wish i knew more about your content area, and could give you more concrete advice.
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Thank you for your response. Because my area is exceptional needs, I have to focus on students with IEP. I think I can use some of our upcoming systems as it will also effect students on IEP and I am part of that leadership team. Just hoping Iím on the right path with my thinking.

I know my area is very different from other board certified areas.
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I'm pretty sure your PLN and SN do not have to be based all on students who have IEPs. If it's what you're more comfortable with, then fine, but you really should read your instructions.

Instructions for C4 are the same for everybody, regardless of their subject. But I got this right from the C4 instructions after selecting "Exceptional Needs" on the drop-down menu here:

https://www.nbpts.org/national-board...ate-resources/

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While the professional or student needs may be directly related to the subject/s you teach, you may include needs from the broader learning community, as long as addressing those needs is clearly connected to student learning and your practice.
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Thank you!
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Itís been awhile since I really looked at the guidelines for C4 and knew I was overthinking it 😊. Might be time to take a step back for a day or two, finish prepping the IEPS I need to do as soon as school starts on Thursday, then come back to this. I may have too many irons in the fire right now 😊


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I checked with a friend of mine, the NBs goddess, Bobbie Faulkner, because I don't know this cert well enough to advise. This is her response:

I would approach the PLN from the standpoint that it's a school initiative. Include IEP student data along with the other data. She might indicate IEP students with an * or other short identifier if she wants. I don't believe it would be required however. As to the SN, she can focus on a subgroup, but not just 1 student. Again, I would show data for the IEP kids but also for the class since they would all be receiving instruction, be assessed etc.

teabreak, I hope this helps!
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Thank you!!! This is where I was headed and I am on one of the FB groups with Bobbie, just didnít think to ask her as well. I was leaning towards using the kids on IEP as my base but adding in how they fare against the summative and formative assessments my co-teacher and I are creating. I think I have a handle on the PLN but have not written one in the ďteacher as learnerĒ mode as we are implementing a school-wide plan and I have PD with that group for the next 3 years.

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Thanks again for your help earlier. I went back into my directions and there is a directive that states the student self-assessments I submit must be from students with IEPs. (Overview, ECYA/Exceptional Needs Specialist Component 4 Portfolio Entry). After talking with some others that have certified in my area, it was noted that in the SN I really do need to focus on students on IEP, but I think I can still measure their assessments up against their class as that would constitute my whole group.

So basically, I think I answered my own question about SN in my original post here. Thanks to all who helped
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