Speech Language Pathologist - Greater Houston (23-24)
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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: Greater Houston Regional Office
Region: Greater Houston, TX
Job Type: Full-Time
Role Mission: IDEA Public Schools works to ensure the success of all students and to address any barriers which may impact students from achieving incredible academic and social outcomes. The Speech Language Pathologists, key members of the Special Programs team partner with regional instructional leaders, a portfolio of campus leaders, and teachers to maximize student outcomes.
The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) sets ambitious goals for IDEA student achievement and invests in students and families in accomplishing them. S/he will create a powerful learning environment and plan and deliver purposeful therapy in order to close gaps in communication and academic skills. S/he will assess for the presence of communication disorders, track student progress towards goals, and analyze data to intervene and adjust therapy. S/he will seek excellence as an educator and an IDEA team member.
1. The Speech Language Pathologist will plan and provide 100% of appropriate individual and group therapy to students as per State and Federal Guidelines and consistent with speech therapy services contained in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that are aligned to established curriculum.
- Review IEPs and ensure 100% implementation of extensive knowledge and provide top quality speech therapy services.
- Create IEPs aligned to instruction with the collaboration of parents, general educators, special educators, and interventionists.
- Monitor students’ therapy and academic progress throughout the year in order to update goals and request additional testing when deemed necessary.
2. The Speech Language Pathologist will ensure 100% compliance of Annual Review Meetings and Evaluation Review Meetings as per State and Federal Guidelines for students who receive speech therapy services.
- Ensure 100% compliance with ARDs by reviewing Special Education Student Rosters for Annual ARDs and Re-Evaluations due dates on a weekly basis.
- Schedule Annual ARDs and Re-Evaluation ARDs prior to due date to ensure 100% compliance.
- Facilitate ARDs and prepare ARD documents in accordance with students’ progress, archive ARD documents, and submit signature pages within specified timely to Manager.
- For dual ARDs, schedule Annual ARDs and Re-Evaluation ARDs prior to due date with Diagnostician, Licensed Specialist School Psychology, and/or Occupational Therapist to ensure 100% compliance.
- For dual ARDs, participate in ARDs and update IEPs, Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, and schedule of service in accordance with students’ progress.
3. The Speech Language Pathologist will ensure 100% compliance of evaluations (initials and re-evaluations) as per State and Federal Guidelines for students with communication disorders.
- Ensure 100% compliance by completing Speech and Language Initials and Re-Evaluations prior to due date as per Texas Education Agency (TEA) timeframe.
- Demonstrate extensive knowledge in the appropriate selection of assessment tools, conducting assessments, interpreting, and identifying students with communication disorders and determine eligibility for services according to IDEA Public Schools Policies and Procedures, TEA Guidelines, and Licensing Boards.
- For qualifying students, develop appropriate speech IEPs aligned to instruction and schedule of service in accordance to the students’ academic needs.
4. The Speech Language Pathologist will follow correct procedures for obtaining and maintaining records on a regular basis.
- Maintain Therapy Notes, Tracking Logs, ARD Logs, and Evaluation Logs on a daily basis and review with the Manager on a weekly basis.
- Submit Therapy Logs on a Quarterly Basis to their Manager.
- Maintain SHARS (Medicaid) records and submit SHARS billing on a monthly basis.
- Ensure and monitor students’ progress in order to complete progress reports on a quarterly basis.
- Participate in Annual Performance with their Manager and submit required documentation.
5. The Speech Language Pathologist will support the Response to Intervention (RTI) Team to ensure the success of all students through high quality instruction and intervention.
- Communicate a shared vision and shared responsibility to establish and promote efficient implementation of RTI at the school-level throughout the various TIERs.
- Support the RTI Team in providing recommendations for the implementation of speech interventions with high levels of fidelity.
- Conduct formal assessments, planning, and scheduling of ARDs alongside the Diagnostician, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, and/or Occupational Therapist in order to report evaluation results within TEA timeframe to the ARD Committee.
6. Live values of IDEA
- Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
- Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
- Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
- Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
- Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
- Embodies IDEA’s core values
- Provide academic support to general educators and special educators.
- Ability to use the accepted tests and measurements to assess communication disorders.
- Knowledge of evaluation, habilitation, and rehabilitation of communication disorders.
- Ability to manage student behaviors and provide recommendations to general educators, special educators, interventionists, and parents.
- Excellent presentation, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Valid Driver’s License
- Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from an accredited college or university.
- Valid Texas License as a Speech Language Pathologist granted by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
- National Certification of Clinical Competence granted by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Minimum of one year of pediatric and/or school-based experience in evaluation, habilitation, and rehabilitation of communication disorders and conditions.
- Oral and written fluency in second language, preferably Spanish.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Knowledge and ability to assess students for communication disorders and determine eligibility for services using various assessment tools.
- Ability to plan and provide appropriate individual and group therapy to students consistent with occupational therapy goals contained in Individual Education Plan (IEP) and collaborate with general educators, special educators, and interventionists in order to plan and implement classroom-based activities to improve communication skills
- Facilitate and participate in the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee regarding interpretation of assessment data, appropriate placement, and goal setting for students with communication disorders, in accordance with IDEA Public Schools Policies and Procedures, Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines, and Licensing Boards.
- Develop and provide district wide trainings to school personnel and parents in the identification and understanding of students with communication disorders.
- Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents required by IDEA Public Schools.
IDEA employees enjoy generous paid time off and family leave benefits that enable personal and professional balance and flexibility. Salaries for people entering this role are commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment. For more information about our total rewards, visit our benefits page.