Support the Needs of All Students Through MTSS: Instructional and Intervention Supports

Does Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) Support the Needs of all Students? Multi-tiered Systems of Support is designed to meet the needs of students in all three tiers. The framework presents universal supports in tier one, and increased intensity of supports in tiers two and three. To ensure students benefit from appropriate supports in applicable tiers, a reliable universal assessment is administered to each student. This helps to determine which tier of MTSS each student would benefit from, by receiving…

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Just Right Supports, Improve Outcomes for Students With Disabilities

What is just right for me? Just right is a measure that can only be determined by the academic, social, and behavioral profile of individual learners. Imagine a room filled with people at a standard temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, some feel cold, some feel warm and some feel just right. What will make the room feel just right for those who feel too warm or too cold? We wouldn’t be able to satisfy all the people in the same…

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What is Assessment Literacy? Student Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness

Recently, while at an initial planning meeting to provide job embedded professional development, the leadership team shared their concerns about at risk students not making adequate growth to demonstrate proficiency on the upcoming state standardized test. When my team began to ask probing and clarifying questions to gain a better understanding of the school's approach to data collection and analysis, the leadership team collectively agreed that they would like for us to start with  training focused on assessment literacy. After…

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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Recently, a veteran educator in central Florida mentioned that her school, in a move to better serve students who were failing, had transitioned from using Response-to-Intervention (RtI) to Muti-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Fresh from reading excellent case studies where schools had made tremendous turnarounds using the MTSS framework, I couldn't help myself. I excitedly asked her how it was going and she dryly replied, “It’s not.” She explained that teachers didn't have any time to meet - no collective…

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Building Reading Skills – One Step at a Time

Students who consistently struggle over time to learn to read, begin to develop a low self-esteem and some children might even say that they feel stupid. These feelings may be a direct result of being called "stupid" or "lazy" by their peers or others. There is plenty of research that supports no correlation between intelligence and the difficulties students experience when learning to read. Parents and educators should share with students that their reading struggles have nothing to do with…

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