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Robin April 07, 2014 at 05:44 AM
Walk to Read and Walk to Math are fancy names given to something that I did over 30 yrs ago inRead Moreschoo l, but the SC praises Rizzi for these programs and that's bull! I agree with Pat. As a parents of a child who has an extensive IEP, I am so sick of these kids getting blamed for this situation. My son has made huge strides this year with new SPED teachers, but last year made little progress because at least one if his SPED teachers was not very good (she no longer works at the Gibbons), and that's being kind. All of the other SPED, classroom teachers and support staff have been great, and they work with what they have, which is not much thanks to Rizzi and the SC. I'm appalled to learn that the SC has sought no advice from SSPEC!
michelle April 07, 2014 at 08:32 AM
My understanding is that both Walk to Read and Walk to Math are just catch phrases used to describe Read Morethe reading groups. These are leveled reading and math groups based on the ability of the child. A child who is not reading at the level of their peers, with or without an IEP, would be placed on the lower level. If this group is being taught by a member of the Special Ed staff, then this does qualify as direct service time. Again, if the guidance staff comes in and does a group lesson, this can also count as direct service time. I believe this is why we as parents have difficulty figuring out if our kids are getting the services they are supposed to be getting. If our definitions are not consistent and our children do not recognize the time they are being given, then it makes it harder for us to notice when the schools are actually being compliant. As far as blaming any one subgroup for our low scores, have you really watched the kids who are coming into our schools. We have kids who come to school over tired, stressed, under nourished, and ill prepared. How many of our children come into school at the last moment? How many of them have not learned the appropriate behaviors of respect, tolerance, and kindness? How many of our parents have come into the schools, offered to help, donated to a cause, gotten to know the teachers? We are giving the schools our most precious and expect the teachers to perform miracles. It takes a village to raise a child, but before we send our kids into the village, we need to make sure we have provided them with the tools from home to succeed. As an educator with over thirty years of experience, please get to know your school, the teachers, the other students. Take your child to museums, parks, and plays. Expose your child to as much of the world as you can, talk to them at dinner time if you are together, if not talk in the car as you go from place to place. Set a positive example of respect to others, importance of education, and place value on the things that are important to you. Our children are on loan to the schools for more than six hours a day, let's make the time they are there meaningful. BE WELL INFORMED SO YOU CAN READ THROUGH THE LIES, VOTE TOMORROW. CHANGE STARTS WITH YOUR VOTE.
Concerned April 07, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Well said Michelle!