Specialized Service Providers


  • ALL SSPs and SSP evaluators: Please take the SSP GPS 101 Module in Learning Space. (20 minutes)

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    This is a module for Special Service Providers to learn the basics of the Special Service Provider Growth and Performance System, also known as the SSP GPS. Please note that this module is a requirement per both CDE and DPS so that all SSPs understand the SSP GPS evaluation framework and how Colorado's new law, SB-070, will impact evaluations starting in the 2023-24 school year. Taking the quizzes for this course will provide you credit for completion.  

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  • Changes to SSP GPS for 2023-24 School Year

    What's New:

    • Overall rating percentages will shift from 50% Professional Practice and 50% Student Growth to 70% Professional Practice and 30% Student Growth

    Learn more about the change to the SSP GPS and changes to LEAP with the resources provided below:


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Specialized Service Providers (SSPs)

  • A DPS employee sits with a student

    Specialized Service Providers (SSPs) at DPS are vital members of the education team and have the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that diverse student populations have equitable access to academic instruction and participation in school-related activities. SSPs also play a key role in the support of the whole child, which is defined as students who feel healthy, supported, engaged, challenged, safe, and socially and emotionally intelligent.

    The SSP growth and performance system (SSP GPS) was created to ensure there are great licensed professionals in our schools to support our students and our educators in improving student growth. The SSP GPS provides a framework for our SSPs to identify areas of strength and growth through regular, meaningful feedback sessions with evaluators. The goal of the system is to support SSPs in their professional development towards meeting students' needs.

  • Team Leads and Central Supervisors

    SSP Team Leads are expert practitioners who lead a team of SSPs in his or her discipline to develop their ability to effectively deliver services and support the whole child. SSP Team Leads oversees the full growth and performance system process for each SSP on his/her team. SSP Team Leads are responsible for coaching, supporting, observing and evaluating SSPs throughout the school year. For 2023-24 we have 38 Team Leads across our SSP teams (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Itinerants and Audiologists, Educational Sign Language Interpreters, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists, School Nurses, School Psychologists and School Social Workers, Speech & Language Pathologists and Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility Specialists) and department managers who also serve in the Team Lead role. Team Leads are all coached and evaluated by the department manager.