The STEP UP and Teach Career Ladder honored the great accomplishment of members who are “stepping up” and transitioning from a paraprofessional position to Special Education teacher. On August 31st in the Los Angeles Unified School District Boardroom, STEP UP and Teach graduates, their families, and new principals attended the STEP UP and Teach Graduation to celebrate this most significant milestone. Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Steve Zimmer, Ruby Chavez from Board Member Monica Ratcliff’s office, Beth Kaufmann (Associate Superintendent, Division of Special Education), leadership from Human Resources, the Personnel Commission, SEIU Local 99, and UTLA congratulated the STEP UP and Teach graduates with inspiring words. New Special Education teacher, Armin Dane Isip, represented the graduates by sharing her progress and appreciation throughout the program along with the on-going support provided by STEP UP.
We are proud to share that as of today, 52 STEP UP and Teach graduates will be teaching students with special needs in the 2016-17 academic year.
Congratulations to these new Special Education teachers!
Paraprofessionals in attendance participated in three workshops. Some of the workshops were designed to assist in the transition from a paraprofessional to a Special Education teacher or Related Services Provider. Other sessions were composed of skill building and valuable information as an assistant in the Special Education setting. The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive!
Perez CTC students set up a photo booth with props at the event as a fundraiser for the school. The photo booth was created and operated by Perez CTC students. The STEP UP Forum helped to raise $268 for the school! These funds go directly to the school site to help support the CTC program which focuses on the development of leadership and work-based experiences.