The role of the special education professional is a collaborative role and requires a specific skill set and understanding of the laws and regulations that prescribe the procedures and processes to ensure a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities.
Interview a special education teacher and a general education teacher for this assignment to gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of these service providers in the school setting.
Allocate at least 3 hours in the field to support this field experience.
Interview a certified special education teacher and a general education teacher from a K-12 setting about the following:
What is your role in the IEP process?
What steps need to be followed prior to an IEP being created for an individual with disabilities?
How do you involve parents in the special education process?
What support do you offer parents of individuals with disabilities?
How do you collaborate with the school psychologist and administration in the special education process?
What resources and training does the district provide teachers regarding special education?
How do you collect data for IEP progress monitoring?