Saturday, February 12, 2011

Long Meeting Repercussions

Educational Diagnosticians evaluate students and determine if there is a learning disability.  After the evaluation, the diagnostician must conduct a meeting with the parent and review the evaluation.  A typical meeting is 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.  When a student moves into a new district the receiving diagnostician must review the evaluation, conduct a meeting and offer to explain the evaluation to the parent.

I once worked with a diagnostician who was notorious for conducting 2-3 hour meetings.  In one case, she evaluated the student, conducted the meeting, and  reviewed the evaluation with the parent.  The meeting was long, but the diagnostician did not realize how long until the student moved and she received a phone call from the new district's diagnostician.

The diagnostician reported that when she conducted her meeting, she asked the parent, "Did they go over this evaluation with you?"  The mother replied, "EVERY-SINGLE-WORD.  AND I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT AGAIN."
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