Special Education teachers in all Elizabethton schools will be supported by a new full-time Special Education Coach this year. The addition of this position is part of a system-wide initiative to increase instructional support for teachers through job-embedded training. Hayley Bishop will serve as SPED Coach for the 2018-2019 school year.
“My goal is to support students and teachers,” Bishop said. “I remember what it was like to begin in the world of Special Education and want to help my fellow teachers support students to success. I also want to ensure that all students are provided with the opportunities, supports, and expectations that they deserve and to empower them to achieve their dreams.”
Bishop will provide SPED teachers with data analysis and communication, professional development, and job-embedded coaching. Additionally, she will monitor SPED interventions and will work to increase access to Tier I instruction for students with disabilities.
She has taught for four years and has experience with both inclusion and extended resource classes. She hopes her experience, training, and interaction with SPED teachers system-wide will allow her to provide valuable feedback and guidance.
Development of ongoing, systematic professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, and school leaders has been a strong focus in Elizabethton City Schools in recent years. The addition of the SPED Coach takes place in the same year that ECS introduced Elizabethton Leads – a network of 12 Learning Leaders who coach teachers in the buildings in which they work.
“Along with Elizabethton Leads, this position will help ensure that all of our teachers receive data-driven, content-specific support,” said Deputy Director of Schools Dr. Myra Newman. “This gives our students the best opportunity to reach their full potential and will be instrumental in our new Proficiency for All program.”
The position is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education IDEA discretionary grant “Increase Achievement Statewide Assessment.” It was awarded in the amount of $80,390 and is secured for one year.