Through existing vehicles, the NEA will bring awareness to the workload model approach for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel or SISPs (i.e., speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, social workers, library media specialists, and others) and create a policy brief in order to understand the need to decrease caseloads.  In addition, NEA will illustrate the benefits of appropriate SISPs caseloads/workload to its membership by publishing an article on existing forms of communication.

Rationale/Background

Research shows large caseloads are related to poorer student outcomes and fewer services for students with disabilities -- going against the intent of IDEA -- given that federal legislation mandates the use of continuum at individualized services.

Contact

Heather Quinones - CA

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $15,000.