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. Rooted in the shared core value of “Students First,” SSP GPS provides frameworks for recognizing that, as professionals, SSPs require (and deserve) clear standards of performance, honest assessments of their strengths and areas for growth, helpful feedback, and support for further development. SSP GPS is designed to make evaluation more meaningful and promote continued development as professionals. Ultimately, SSP GPS is one part of the whole system that ensures students are thriving, not by accident but by design.
School Year 20-21 UPDATE
For this year only, DPS and DCTA have agreed to the following adjustments:
- The educator evaluation systems are designed to provide support and coaching, which is true whether we are in remote, hybrid, or in-person learning.
- The Parties agree to amend Article 10-3-2-2 for the 2020-21 school year as follows: Probationary teachers shall receive a minimum of two observations and non-probationary teachers shall receive a minimum of one formal full observation as defined and set forth in the LEAP Fairness Guide. Teachers may request additional observations for coaching and evaluation purposes.
- Appendices that reflect the considerations unique to virtual, hybrid, and in person learning (under COVID restrictions) will be developed by the LEAP team in consultation with the Peer Observer Team and reviewed by the LCC. Similar modifications will be made for the SSP GPS system.
- REQUIRED: All evaluators, teachers and SSPs will be trained (additionally evaluators calibrated) utilizing the appropriate appendix (virtual, hybrid and in person learning) prior to any evaluation being conducted.
- SLOs will not be used for evaluation during the 20-21 school year. Schools will continue to use data teams to assess student progress.
For 20-21 Only:
- Professional Practice 100% - Measures an SSP's professional growth on five expectations that consist of mastery of expertise in their profession.
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 and department managers are responsible for coaching, supporting, observing and evaluating SSPs throughout the school year. For 2020-21 we have 28 Team Leads across our SSP teams (Audiologists, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Itinerants, Educational Interpreters, ECSE/SPED Itinerant Teachers, Occupational Therapists/Physical Therapists, School Counselors, School Nurses, School Psychologists/Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Visually Impaired/Orientation & Mobility Specialists.) Team Leads are coached and evaluated by the department manager or their designee.