Paula Rogers

Paula Rogers is deputy superintendent for instruction, accountability, and personnel for Hallsville Independent School District. She works with schools to implement professional learning communities and response to intervention.
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Trying to make all kids fit the same mold

If We Do This for All Kids, Then What is So “Special” About Special Ed?

Categories: RTI

The first time I was asked the question conveyed in the title – it was by a campus principal that I have great respect for, and it stopped me in my tracks. I quickly realized that the question was asked because as a professional learning community with collective responsibility for all students we now have systematic practices beginning at Tier 1 that were previously reserved for only a few students. I recognized that we had many reasons to celebrate – but we also had more work to do. The question prompted a great collaborative team meeting which resulted in improved data monitoring for students needing intensive intervention. My experience answering this question is becoming the norm across the nation. With the increased focus on creating multi-tiered systems of support for at-risk students, schools are beginning to re-examine and re-imagine the role of special education.

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