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Career Story: Inclusion Facilitator In A Public School System

Inclusion Facilitator In A Public School System

Job Title: Inclusion Facilitator

Type of Company: I work for a public school district in suburb of Boston

Education: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, Curry College Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Special Education, Curry College

Previous Experience: I worked as a learning center teacher, a classroom aide, Before working in public schools I worked in customer service at travel cooperation.

Job Tasks: My position is the school inclusion facilitator. It is my job to work with children within the school who are part of the neighborhood inclusion program. These are children within the school's neighborhood that may have physical disabilities, severe learning needs, or emotional/behavioral problems. These children spend most of their time in a regular education classroom and have different specialist come into the class to offer them support. They also spend sometime out of the classroom receiving supports such as counseling, remedial learning support, or to learn strategies to help them in the classroom.

My job is to coordinate all the services, offer support to the classroom teachers and classroom aides. I also meet with parents on a regular basis to offer support and advice about necessary steps to help their children continue to progress and learn. I meet with various persons in the school everyday. My job can be a juggling act on many days. Often my schedule is changed several times during the day. It can be stressful when students are having a difficult time, but it can also be very rewarding. It is a job I do enjoy.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of the job are working directly with the children. When they become successful and complete their goals of staying in the classroom and fit in with their peers. It makes it worth all the stress of them trying to get to that point worth it.

The worst part of my job is working sometimes with difficult parents who are resistant to the school's help. It can also be difficult working with co-workers who don't believe some of these students should be in a public school at all.

Job Tips: It is not as easy as people may think to work in a public school these days. Teachers are held very accountable for students progress, developing curriculum, providing students with emotional/social support. However, if you truly like working with children and can manage doing various tasks at the same time and having a lot on your plate the rewards are incredible.

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