says: April 23, 2012 at 9:09am
While I support inlousicn, I think it is a little hypocritical of the district to promote it while at the same time cutting a key support mechanism: paraprofessionals. I teach at one of the schools highlighted in the video and am proud of our staff and administration for their proactive approach to bringing true equity to our students. I want every one of my students to be successful, regardless of whatever label they have been assigned, as do my colleagues. But the idea that students will be mainstreamed into an already (over)crowded classrooms with little or no support makes me a little angry. I feel like I'm being set up to fail. Three hours of professional development (one of which is an extremely dry powerpoint presentation and a video whose budget may have been better spent keeping a para or teacher on payroll) does not a special education teacher/paraprofessional make. Their specialized training and experience take years to learn and master and that makes them invaluable and necessary for the success of the students. If this program is to work, we need more not less.A line from the video comes to mind as I write this, Change is never easy. This is true but that doesn't mean you have to make it harder. Why hobble this noble effort by cutting it off at the knees? I urge you and the board to work with the district to find a way to properly support this initiative because it truly is worthy of our efforts. To do any less seems, to me, criminal.