District Leverages Technology to Meet the needs of their Special Education Students

Clovis Municipal School District, NM

The Problem

Recruiting and retaining Special Education (SPED) Teachers is a challenge for Clovis Municipal School District. Due to their location in rural New Mexico, finding qualified long term employees becomes more challenging every year. This is especially true for SPED teachers - even Albuquerque, the state's largest district, has over 65 SPED vacancies outstanding.

In 2016, Clovis was facing three SPED vacancies. These vacancies, if not solved, would require them to place the development of student IEPs along with state and federal reporting on their already stretched-thin staff.

The Solution

Clovis's HR Team met with Proximity Learning to get information on their Enriched Live Instruction Model (ELIM). They immediately saw the potential of live-streamed teachers and set up a meeting between Proximity Learning and their district's Special Education Director. During the meeting, the Director explained how they needed teachers to revise student IEPs, arrange meetings with parents, and provide unique updates throughout the year to the New Mexico Public Education Department. After learning that Proximity Learning had a great deal of experience satisfying these requirements, Clovis added three Proximity Learning SPED teachers to the team.

The three SPED teachers remotely joined Clovis's district-wide professional development training over the summer, ensuring that they were ready to hit the ground running when students returned to school in August. Clovis has not faced problems staffing their Special Education Department since.

Jason Roppolo

Executive Director of Business Development & Strategic Initiatives

Meet Their State Representatives

Jason Roppolo is a Dallas Independent School District graduate who worked there for 13 years starting out as a youth action officer and working his way into special education administration. He made a transition into the K-12 industry with the goal to provide solutions that help solve district issues. | Dr. Jim Taliaferro is a consultant with Proximity Learning. He has extensive experience in all areas of education totaling 40 years, 32 of those as a principal and superintendent in Texas public schools.

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Arkansas | Oklahoma | Texas

Dr. Jim Taliaferro

Consultant

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