MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 28 (March 22, 2023)

This is our twenty-eighth edition 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).

> Access the last edition. (3/8/23)


Welcome our TEE!

Hopefully, you enjoyed some rest and relaxation during Spring Break! As you know, we include the Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE) in each "MTSS News" edition. Here are a few reminders about our TEE Compass Points. With Conditions for Learning, we prioritize positive relationships, engagement, prevention, and “setting the stage” for success. It is our “North” direction in our Compass, and it is based in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), trauma-informed approaches, and where we most-strongly align to our well-being supports (i.e., social, emotional, behavioral, mental, and physical health).

We then consider Learning Design, where we use the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) as foundation for structured plan design (for lesson, unit, and year-long progressions). Within the CAS, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are embedded and extended, through a combination of concept-based planning and backwards-design (i.e., UbD). Additionally, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is promoted by the state and encouraged within Learning Design. Culturally-responsive approaches should be crafted in planning stages, along with differentiation, connections to the “real world”, and technology usage.

Learning Delivery is oriented to the in-service action; it is the “during learning experience” Compass Point. It attends to the unique needs of each learner, learner variability, and tiered logic (Universal, Targeted, and Intensive Supports). Connections to prior learning, using routines/transitions, and providing timely feedback are all a part of Learning Delivery. Finally, we have Evaluations of Learning - where we embrace assessment "as, for, and of" learning. Formative assessments and progress monitoring measures are a part of our assessment framework, along with our summative assessments...which are often the priority at this time of year. :-)

Resource to consider: Our one-page TEE prompt handout included in TSD MTSS News in October.

What is Self-Care poster includes 7 areas: 1. Physical: Sleep, stretching, physical activity, healthy eating and rest. 2. Emotional: Stress management, gratitude, acts of kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. 3. Social: Personal boundaries, support, systems, positive social media and spending time with loved ones. 4. Spiritual: Time alone, space, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, connection, and nature. 5. Personal: Hobbies, self-identity, doing the things that bring you enjoyment. 6. Space: Safety, organization, clean and tidy, security and stability. 7. Work: Time management, work boundaries, break time and knowledge. Source @counsellorcronan
Click to Review/Download: "What Is Executive Function?"

With all the considerations about how students can be supported through and after our world's health crisis, consider how a focus on Executive Function could be of benefit, especially in regard to how SEL Competencies are addressed.

Quotation: Through frequent progress monitoring, educators make the right decisions about next steps as soon as possible - without losing valuable instructional minutes.

(If interested, you may download the Renaissance Progress Monitoring Toolkit.)

Click to Access: Research Resource - Literacy in PK

This IES REL resource "What does 20 years of research say about teaching language and literacy in preschool?" describes specific skill areas in preschool and effective teaching strategies for each. Additional resources are linked on the last page.

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