MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 29 (March 29, 2023)

This is our twenty-ninth edition for this school year!

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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West Ed quotation: "MTSS aligns initiatives, resources, and supports across tiers of prevention and intervention to ensure each and every student's learning needs are met. MTSS provides leadership teams with the tools to implement strong universal instruction that is data driven, aligned to standards, and differentiated to meet the needs of diverse learners in their classrooms."
West Ed: En Español, "MTSS alinea iniciativas, recursos y apoyos en todos los niveles de prevención e intervención para garantizar que se satisfagan las necesidades de aprendizaje de todos y cada uno de los estudiantes. MTSS brinda a los equipos de liderazgo las herramientas para implementar una instrucción universal solida basada en datos, alineada con los estandares y diferenciada para satisfacer las necesidades de diversos estudiantes en sus aulas."

TEE is All that we Do and in All that we Do!

This week's "MTSS News" edition includes many important ideas (such as the quotations above or the infographics below), relevant resources (such as the hyperlinks in the pink boxes throughout), and some ongoing considerations for you - such as promoting the Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE). We like to remind you that TEE is how we approach Learning in TSD - for each adult and student learning experience. How might you implement each Compass Points or attend to the whole TEE Compass? Here are a few quick resource connections. How might you see them representing TEE? Notice how the last of these might even look familiar in format. (Think: TEE)

  • The U.S. Department of Education states: "Mental health is important for everyone, but it's especially important for young people as they navigate the path to adulthood...SAMHSA's mental health tips for kids and teens" (via): For Young People Looking for Help.

  • REL West poses this question and proposes a resource to answer it: "How does a student’s academic mindset impact their ability to be successful? Learn more from this blog from Dr. Jason Snipes (1/31/23), REL West’s Director of Applied Research."

  • This Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) blog describes the (free) ALDO template that is available as a google doc to view or create a copy. Miguel Guhlin (ISTE Certified Educator) organized this "Amazing Lesson Design Outline" (ALDO) by:

1. Relationships First

2. Assessment

3. Teaching and Learning

4. Assess and Gauge Progress

Poster with three cartoon images of people, one on left is holding a flag, one in center is on a podium, one on right is holding a megaphone. Above are the words: 6 Elements of a Highly Productive Leadership Development Effort: Talor the initiative to the organization; Define the scale and scope of the initiative; Ensure senior manager support; Select powerful learning interventions; Integrate development into the culture; Provide ongoing sustainment. Source: Jack Zenger
Cartoon style Infographic Has a person reading a book that covers their face. Title: Reading Aloud to Middle Grades. @ValentinaESL for MiddleWeb, Text column one: Why?, Exposure to text above independent level; opportunities to hear excellent reading models; exposure to correct grammar and language structures; build vocabulary; develop passion for reading. Text column two: How?, select compelling and relevant texts; read the text prior to sharing with students; model thinking aloud as you read to the class; provide class discussion time for students to share ideas about the text
Click to Review Report: Evidence for SEL in Schools

This month, the Learning Policy Institute published a short summary of highlights from a study of SEL programming effectiveness; evidence base, implications of the research, and other implementation considerations for sustainability are included.

Brookes poster with words typed over a blackboard background that has colored chalk lined up underneath. It reads: Assumptions often lower Expectations about the skills an abilities of students. quotation adapted from Planning the Transition to Employment by Wendy S. Parent-Johnson, Laura Owens, and Richard Parent-Johnson.
Click to Download this Brief re: Accelerating Learning

WestEd's National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) published this 3-page brief in 2022. Its title "Five Considerations that Educators Can Employ for Accelerated Learning" describes the content; it includes a quick review and resource links.

Systems Thinking vs Design Thinking is the heading. Bottom left is 1. Understand the system, above is a group of arrows connecting dots like a network above it is 2. Identify the leverage point, bottom right is 3. Use the design thinking process and human centered design to design the intervention, above it are two connected diamond shapes that include the words Discover, Define, Design, Deliver; and top right is 4. Implement the intervention to realize the change in the system. @elisemotalli
Quotation: "Differentiated instruction is not a one size fits all approach, but should be unique to each student's needs." Dr. Dia Jackson

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