ERIC Number: ED400619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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The Incompetent Specialist: How To Evaluate, Document Performance, and Dismiss School Staff.
Lawrence, C. Edward; Vachon, Myra K.
A large number of school administrators are reluctant to evaluate school specialists and/or teachers who work with special-needs students. However, because Public Law 94-142 was passed to protect and improve the quality of education for children who have special needs, administrators have a duty to uphold the right of all students to a quality education. This book explains the procedures used to document and evaluate the work of the incompetent school specialist to recommend his or her dismissal. The strategies are predicated on the following assumptions: (1) the purpose of supervision and evaluation is to improve job performance; (2) all students have an inalienable right to quality education; (3) just cause is required when a recommendation for dismissal is made; and (4) due process is required to provide the staff member with an opportunity to hear testimony against him or her and an opportunity to respond. The book's guidelines meet the due-process requirements and provide ample opportunity for either the nontenured or tenured school specialist to improve his or her performance. Each chapter provides suggested protocols, sample forms and letters, and administrative tips. Following an overview of the evaluation process, chapters provide guidelines for establishing the foundation for the evaluation process, beginning the evaluation process, identifying the school specialist in need of intensive assistance, implementing a plan of intensive assistance, deciding on retention or dismissal, following through with the dismissal process, and preparing for the third-party hearing and bringing closure to the evaluation process. Resource A contains a schematic view showing the relationship among the specialist's evaluators and the evaluators' responsibilities and a suggested timeline for carrying out actions. Resource B provides a sample portfolio documenting the unsatisfactory performance of a guidance counselor and the administrative actions taken. (LMI)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Dismissal (Personnel), Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Performance, Parent Grievances, Personnel Evaluation, Professional Personnel, School Counselors, School Personnel, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Special Education, Specialists, Teacher Improvement, Therapists
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (ISBN-0-8039-6439-0, paper; ISBN-0-8039-6438-2, cloth).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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