Specialized Service Providers (SSPs)
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 as outlined in the Denver Plan 2020, 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. The SSP GPS provides a holistic and comprehensive view of an SSP's practice by using the following multiple measures:
- Professional Practice 50% - Measures an SSP's professional growth on five expectations that consist of mastery of expertise in their profession.
- Student Growth 50% - Measures student learning progress through two, evenly weighted student learning objectives.
Employees will work with their evaluator to schedule their beginning-of-year, mid-year and end-of-year conversation. Below are the general timelines:
- Beginning-of-year conversations should take place between September and October
- Mid-year conversations should take place between January and February
- End-of-year conversations should take place between April and May
In between these conversations, the evaluator also delivers feedback regularly, based on observations of practice or other agreed upon methods for capturing performance data. Review the 2019-20 annual calendar.
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 2019-20 we have 22 Team Leads across our SSP teams (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Itinerants and Audiologists, 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.