The framework for teaching is just that—a framework for teaching; it is not a framework for school nurses, school psychologists, or even library or media specialists. Although their responsibilities typically include some teaching, these educators engage in other important activities as well. Librarians, for example, maintain a collection; nurses manage immunization records and dispense medications to students who need them. Therefore, although specialists are typically included in the teachers' bargaining unit and are, in that sense, considered teachers, their positions are essentially different from those of teachers and must be described separately.
This chapter does not include a framework for classroom-based special education teachers; nor is there a separate framework for teachers of physical education, music, or art. This is because the principal responsibility of all those educators is to teach students, typically in a large-group setting.
It is true that teachers of students with special needs may accomplish the components of the framework in ways unique to their situation. For example, teachers of students with behavioral disabilities will include aspects of behavior in their instructional outcomes, and all teachers of special needs students must attend more carefully than others to maintaining accurate records—Individual Education Plans (IEPs)—because these are required by law. Fundamentally, however, they are all teachers of students.