The crisis counselor stopped by today to introduce her assistant to me and to show her around my campus. She introduced me as the department chair of “supplemental education” at my school. I told her that she can call me that, or what’s actually on my credential: “special educator.” She looked at me with one of those pasted on grins that told me that the new title is being resisted not only by me but by many of my SE colleagues throughout the district.
Is this a fall-on-the-sword issue? No.
It’s more the principle of the matter. This is something that not many of us are happy about at all. And, like I said, my teaching credential says, “Special Education, PreK-12” NOT “Supplemental Education.”
Will I lose sleep over this? Nah. I’ll blithely compromise and go from saying “SpecEd” or “SpEd” when referring to our support to just the initials: SE.
Was it a coincidence that “Supplemental” Education & “Special” Education have the same initials?
I think not.