The History of Accolade Scoping Education
Devon has been in the field of education since 1986. After graduating from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education, she put her skills and gifts into day care centers and preparing 0 - 5-year-old children for school readiness.
After opening the first full-service day care center in New Hampton, Iowa, she was requested to fulfill a literacy liaison position for a three-county area in northeast Iowa. In that position, she created and implemented many literacy activities for the 15 rural libraries and communities in that area partnering with Iowa Public Television programs on a regular basis. A lot of time was spent researching and applying brain development activities into the programs along with educating parents and day care providers.
Devon enrolled in August 2006 and “graduated” from Scoping Careers International within three months which never tested nor gave out certificates to the best of her knowledge. She does not mention this often because of how ineffective the training program was. The only thing she learned much of was the steno language. Everything else was self-taught. The only reason she filed a claim against Scoping Careers International was due to a breach of contract for materials it never provided for her while making claims it existed. On the witness stand, Ms. Barrett admitted she had no evidence to support that material was given to other students.
The ASE Steno Language training was developed based on Devon's educational methodologies of learning. Since the CAT programs are doing a lot of the translation work for the court reporters, it is not necessary to spend as much time learning the steno language as other programs may dictate.
Since that program no longer exists because the owner died, Devon will tell you it did not properly train scopists nor test their skill level. She can say that with confidence based on educational standards from her Bachelor of Arts Education degree from Iowa State University. Devon also worked for the State of Iowa for five years developing literacy programs for 15 libraries, so this was not her first venture in developing curriculum which could measure its impact.
She had always had a strong desire to work from home, was very self-disciplined and works well with many different age groups over the years. After she had a very difficult time getting started because of disliking studying punctuation so much, she later finally discovered the key to success – giving the scoping student specific feedback on all aspects of their scoping work. Once the scoping students were receiving that feedback and this could be measured to show progress of mastering all the skills Accolade Scoping Education tests them for, they are allowed to graduate.
Because she was able to meet with success and was being contacted by other scoping graduates who felt the same frustration in the field, she decided to use her own personal experiences and educational background to develop her own training program, Scoping Made Affordable (SMA) training program, and began teaching in May of 2008. The Scoping Intern Program (SIP) began within the first year of its training because scoping students needed more training and direct feedback on their editing work to know their skills were progressing. As with any new business, it takes awhile to become established. Since 2010, the training program consistently has 50 students enrolled. During the spring of 2013, the school's name was changed to Accolade Scoping Education (ASE).
The goal of this scoping training program has always been to provide the most effective methods of learning, absorbing and applying a ton of information so future scopists would experience an enjoyable learning experience rather than frustration. Because of her educational background and extensive work with brain development, she has developed a foundational program that continues to build upon itself, making the learning experience as enjoyable as possible.
At Accolade Scoping Education, we know how much information each student needs to absorb, apply and be tested on in order to become a successful scopist and team member of ours. Because of the intense learning involved in the process, the training program is designed with many quick-reference guides and learning templates to help a student with those learning situations.
As of 2017, the program has been completely revamped to make sure beginning students do have the baseline skill set before ASE will permit them to purchase the CAT program. All graduates must receive a 90% final exam score in order to be on the ASE Graduate List.
Even though a lot of people want to work from home and make a decent living, that does not mean everyone has the specific skills deemed necessary for this job.
For those of you trying to spread rumors that Devon did not complete a scoping training program, the only
comment she will say at this time is to do so at your own risk because, once again, this is the truth.