Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Teachers Are Stuck In the Middle
I have noticed that teachers seem to be fearful in ARD/IEP meetings. The teacher knows what the child needs academically more than anyone in the committee, however they are quiet and sometimes non responsive -- why is this? I believe the teachers are somewhat fearful for their jobs. In the ARD/IEP meeting I know the teacher wants to allow and recommend services, but he/she is stuck. With the cutbacks in education and the lack of funding I believe teachers are told to keep their mouths shut - either this is implied or even being said directly. Administrators are pressing to meet budget demands and the special needs student suffers. If the teacher speaks up, he/she is subject to bureaucratic policy that will include nitpicking anything possible to prevent renewing contracts. Therefore, my most trusted source of information is now mute-- as advocates for students we must really do our homework and read between the lines. The answer is available, it is not as easy to ascertain. Teachers -- I do sympathize with your position and I will not put you in the middle -- I will dig to find the right accommodations and modifications for each of my clients -- maybe a phone call or email can help push me in the right direction -- mum is the word!