Across the country, there’s been a push to better measure teacher effectiveness. This has resulted in several new evaluation systems (including the Danielson model) being developed and implemented in states across the country. While SLPs certainly aren’t teachers, we are often evaluated either on the same evaluation tool as classroom teachers, or on slightly modified ones, supposed to be tailored for speech-language pathologists.
- “I will improve my communication with parents over the next school year (through May 2016) by sending out a parent survey, creating a master list of preferred contact information, sending home explanations of students’ specific disorders, sending homework at least once per month for parents that request it, and compiling activities to be sent home with each student at the end of the year for summer practice.”
- “I will help my students realize the importance of speech-language therapy and their goals over the next school year (through May 2016). I will achieve this by creating a display of positive, student-friendly “I Can” posters, informing students of our objective for each session, having my students periodically monitor their progress with goals with a personal growth chart, and having students complete a “Why I Come to Speech-Language Therapy” activity at least once per year.”
- Suggested materials to go along with this goal: “I Can” CCSS posters (available for K-6th or 5th-12th), free student goal display, and these free student learning targets from Jenna Rayburn.
- “I will establish a system to more effectively and efficiently monitor progress with the majority of my students’ goals over the next school year (through May 2016). I will achieve this by finding and/or creating progress monitoring tools, rubrics, and/or rating scales for teachers/students for articulation, language, grammar, and social language goals.”
- Suggested materials to go along with this goal: my progress monitoring tools for articulation, language, grammar, and phonology; these rubrics for language and social language by Maureen Wilson, this early communicators data binder by Shannon Lisowe, and these CCSS-aligned rating scales by Jenn Alcorn.
- “I will increase my own knowledge and expertise in the field of speech-language pathology while increasing awareness among staff and parents over the next school year (through May 2016). I will achieve this by taking continuing education classes online through SpeechPathology.com, attending the national ASHA convention [or state convention], providing at least one in-service presentation to staff in the building/district, and providing handouts to parents and teachers about their students’ disorders and the impact it may have on academics.
- Suggested materials to go along with this goal: Explanation of Speech-Language Therapy Powerpoint, Language Processing Disorders Powerpoint, AAC: An Overview for School Personnel Powerpoint (free!), and Parent & Teacher Speech-Language Explanation Handouts
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