MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 35 (May 10, 2023)

This is our thirty-fifth edition for this school year! We appreciate your readership!

We use this newsletter to make connections regarding the implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework in the Thompson School District (TSD).

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TEE: Conditions and Evaluations

As a a PBIS district, we continue to apply the principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) by ensuring we acknowledge performances aligned to schools' PBIS matrices. Schools are finishing end-of-year testing for i-Ready, and many celebrations are occurring! Students are being recognized for improvement...individually, as a class, and as a school, oftentimes with use of PBIS "mottos".

This is a representation of the Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE) in action, linking Evaluations of Learning to the Conditions for Learning. After formal assessments (i.e., i-Ready) are administered, educators can review and analyze students' growth data. Several areas of the TEE Conditions compass point (such as Positive Relationships and Student Engagement) surface during acknowledgements of student success. We want to encourage and reinforce effort, and highlighting positive outcomes helps us to let students know that their improvements do not go unnoticed. This year, we continue to focus on Accelerating Learning in TSD...and students continue to rise to the challenge. #ThankATeacher for making a difference in each student's life and development!

A view from above of a desk with a cup of pencils, a coffee-filled mug, and several sticky notes with quotations on them. The title header is: Positive impacts Educators Have on Students. the quotations are statistics. They state: The average educator will affect over 3,000 students during their career. 88% report that a educator has had a positive effect on them. 75% of students see educators as mentors and role models. On an image of a portion of a pencil, it reads: Source: NCES. Mindspark logo on bottom center.
Click to Read Article: Assessment Retakes

This recent (April 2023) ASCD article "Giving Retakes their Best Chance to Improve Learning," written by assessment expert Thomas Guskey, describes what Reassessment Practices are, how they came about, how to employ them, and 7 practices to avoid.

Intermediate or middle level students stand on each side of a poster. 2 students on the left and 3 on the right. The acronym UDL is above the poster quotation that reads: With universal design for learning, variations in student needs are anticipated and planned for, rather than perceived as aberrations or problems. Source: Brooks Publishing, from Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners, by Shelley Fairbarin and Stephaney Jones-Vo
Click to Access: RACI Charts (When/How to Use)

This blog post describes "RACI" charts and how they can be employed. In MTSS coaching, we have long recommended them to clarify roles/responsibilities. This example RACI resource, like others, promotes effective collaboration and project management.

Many students are standing in rows together in the foreground. Above them is a blue sky with clouds and the quotation: "UDL views Learner Variability as a Strength to be leveraged, not a challenge to be overcome." Source Brookes Publishing, from Technology for Students with Autism, edited by Katharina I. Boxxer, Matthew S. Goodwin, and Sarah C. Wayland.
Click to Read Article: Summer Learning Loss

On this United Way site, a brief explanation of Summer Learning Loss (SLL) is shared from a superintendent in a neighboring district, who provides ideas for families to support their children during the summer to prevent/reduce learning loss. #FSCP

Accessible instructional materials: Considerations for educators | PaTTANpod [S5E17]
Click to Access: Surgeon General's Priority Area

This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focuses on the Priority Area of social connection. Resources, statistics, and considerations are provided, reminding us: "Social Connection is essential to our health and well-being."

Little Voice (Sara Bareilles) | One Voice Children's Choir

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Contact: Kim Z. Mannion
  • TSD Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Coordinator