Speech Language Pathologist CFY Intern - Tarrant County (21-22)

Fort Worth, TX, United States
May 13, 2021
Position at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!


IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tampa Bay, FL (2021), Jacksonville, FL (2022), and Cincinnati, OH (2022)!


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.


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About Tarrant County
Tarrant County has long proved a magnet for families and young professionals looking to plant roots and create a home. Dallas-Fort Worth is ranked as #18 on the Best Places to Live list from U.S. News & World Report.

This fast-growing region has experienced a larger jump in its student population than any other north Texas county. Tarrant County is now home to nearly 400,000 school aged children, and growth is expected to continue for years to come. IDEA Achieve and IDEA Rise first opened their doors in August of 2019 to support the educational landscape in closing the gap for college matriculation.

Only 10% of Tarrant County students attend and complete college, while IDEA alumni have a record of 41% matriculation. Changing this statistic is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students.

Role Mission:   IDEA Public Schools works to ensure the success of all students and to address any barriers which may impact students from achieving incredible academic and social outcomes.  The Speech Language Pathologists, key members of the Special Programs team partner with regional instructional leaders, a portfolio of campus leaders, and teachers to maximize student outcomes.

The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) CFY Intern sets ambitious goals for IDEA student achievement and invests in students and families in accomplishing them.  S/he will create a powerful learning environment and plan and deliver purposeful therapy in order to close gaps in communication and academic skills.  S/he will assess for the presence of communication disorders, track student progress towards goals, and analyze data to intervene and adjust therapy.  S/he will seek excellence as an educator and an IDEA team member.


1. The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) CFY Intern will plan and provide 100% of appropriate individual and group therapy to students as per State and Federal Guidelines and consistent   with speech therapy services   contained in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that are aligned to established curriculum.  
  • Review IEPs and ensure 100% implementation of extensive knowledge and provide top quality speech therapy services.
  • Create IEPs aligned to instruction with the collaboration of parents, general educators, special educators, and interventionists.
  • Monitor students' therapy and academic progress throughout the year   in order to   update goals and request additional testing when deemed necessary.

2. The   Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) CFY Intern   will ensure 100% compliance of Annual Review Meetings and Evaluation Review Meetings as per State and Federal Guidelines for students who receive speech therapy services.
  • Ensure 100% compliance with ARDs by reviewing Special Education Student Rosters for Annual ARDs and Re-Evaluations due dates on a weekly basis.
  • Schedule Annual ARDs and Re-Evaluation ARDs prior to due date to ensure 100% compliance.
  • Facilitate ARDs and prepare ARD documents in accordance with students' progress, archive ARD documents, and submit signature pages within specified timely to Manager.
  • For dual ARDs, schedule Annual ARDs and Re-Evaluation ARDs prior to due date with Diagnostician, Licensed Specialist School Psychology, and/or Occupational Therapist to ensure 100% compliance.
  • For dual ARDs, participate in ARDs and update IEPs, Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, and schedule of service in accordance with students' progress.

3. The   Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) CFY Intern   will ensure 100% compliance of evaluations (initials and re-evaluations) as per State and Federal Guidelines for students with   communication disorders.
  • Ensure 100% compliance by completing Speech and Language Initials and Re-Evaluations prior to due date as per Texas Education Agency (TEA) timeframe.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge in the appropriate selection of assessment tools, conducting assessments, interpreting, and identifying students with communication disorders and determine eligibility for services according to IDEA Public Schools Policies and Procedures, TEA Guidelines, and Licensing Boards.
  • For qualifying students, develop appropriate speech IEPs aligned to instruction and schedule of service in accordance to the students' academic needs.

4. The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) CFY Intern will follow correct procedures for obtaining and maintaining records on a regular basis.
  • Maintain Therapy Notes, Tracking Logs, ARD Logs, and Evaluation Logs   on a daily basis   and review with the Manager on a weekly basis.
  • Submit Therapy Logs on a Quarterly Basis to their Manager.
  • Maintain SHARS (Medicaid) records and submit SHARS billing   on a monthly basis .
  • Ensure and monitor students' progress   in order to   complete progress reports on a quarterly basis.
  • Participate in Annual Performance with their Manager and submit required documentation.

5. The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) CFY Intern will support the Response to Intervention (RTI) Team to ensure the success of all students through high quality instruction and intervention.
  • Communicate a shared vision and shared responsibility to establish and promote efficient implementation of RTI at the school-level throughout the various TIERs.
  • Support the RTI Team in providing recommendations for the implementation of speech interventions with high levels of fidelity.
  • Conduct formal assessments, planning, and scheduling of ARDs alongside the Diagnostician, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, and/or Occupational Therapist   in order to   report evaluation results within TEA timeframe to the ARD Committee.
  • The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) CFY Intern   will ensure compliance with all university and ASHA internship   requirement s .  
    • Ensure that all internship logs are turned in and approved by supervisory.    
    • Ensure that all evaluations presented to parent and at ARD are reviewed and signed by their internship supervisor prior to meetings.  
    • Ensure that all meetings between IDEA Public School supervisor and university supervisor are scheduled.    
    • Ensure that all internship supervision requirements are adhered to.    
  • Live Values of IDEA
    • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students   are capable of getting   to and through college    
    • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them  
    • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve   quickly  
    • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change  
    • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization  
    • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes  
    • Embodies IDEA's core values      


    • Ability to use the accepted tests and measurements to assess communication disorders.
    • Knowledge of evaluation, habilitation, and rehabilitation of communication disorders.
    • Ability to manage student behaviors and provide recommendations to general educators, special educators, interventionists, and parents.
    • Excellent presentation, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.

    Experience/ Qualifications:
    • Valid Driver's License
    • Enrolled in an accredited program for master's degree in Communication Disorders .
    • Oral and written fluency in second language, preferably Spanish.      


    Knowledge and Skills:
    • Knowledge and ability to assess students for communication disorders and determine eligibility for services using various assessment tools.
    • Ability to plan and provide appropriate individual and group therapy to students consistent with occupational therapy goals contained in Individual Education Plan (IEP) and collaborate with general educators, special educators, and interventionists   in order to   plan and implement classroom-based activities to improve communication skills
    • Facilitate and participate in the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee regarding interpretation of assessment data, appropriate placement, and goal setting for students with communication disorders, in accordance with IDEA Public Schools Policies and Procedures, Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines, and Licensing Boards.
    • Develop and provide district wide trainings to school personnel and parents in the identification and understanding of students with communication disorders.
    • Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents required by IDEA Public Schools.



    Salaries for this role typically is commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. IDEA employees enjoy generous paid time off and family leave benefits that enable personal and professional balance and flexibility. Salaries for people entering this role are commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus up to 8% of base salary based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment. For more information about our total rewards, visit our   benefits page .

    IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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