MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 18 (January 4, 2023)

This is our eighteenth edition this 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 (12/14/22).


TEE and MTSS Components

This is the first newsletter for this semester. Happy New Year!

Now is a good time to reflect on your understanding and implementation of the Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE). How are the four TEE Compass Points represented in your system's learning...for students and adults? Because of the MTSS framework, and TEE as a core to TSD MTSS, emphasizing Prevention and Response is priority! Here are some general questions you may reflect on for TEE:

  • Conditions for Learning: What is proactive? What is prepared? What is predictable? What will purposefully facilitate learning?

  • Learning Design: What is the flow? How will this "map" (lesson/unit/PD plan) help us get to the "destination" (desired outcomes: improved content knowledge and skill development)?

  • Learning Delivery: How will the Lead Learner (i.e., facilitator) "follow the map", with adaptability, flexibility, responsibility, and acknowledgement of Learner Variability?

  • Evaluations of Learning: How will you know learning occurs? What assessments "of", "for", and "as" learning are included as strategic "demonstrations of learning"?


CO-MTSS Essential Components: Resources related to each of the five Components are included below. Note: These are selected, national references, but these individual links are just overviews of certain Component elements. They can serve as helpful descriptions or tools, but these links do not represent the "totality" of what is known for each Component.

As always, feel free to check out the other resources included throughout the rest of this newsletter. They, too, reflect MTSS Components and/or the framework, as a whole.


Click to Open: "Create Good Habits" blog post

Instructional Coaching leader Jim Knight describes Habit creation in this blog post. Timely topic! "If we really want to turn ideas into actions, we need a structure that will ensure that we do what we know we need to do. That structure is a habit."

Quotation: "If a child memorizes ten words, the child can read only ten words, but if a child learns the sounds of ten letters, the child will be able to read 350 three sound words, 4320 four sound words and 21,650 five sound words." Dr. Martin Kozloff
Click to Open: Center for Family Math website

On this site, you can access a Literature Review of the "Family Math field." This downloadable white paper has recommendations for practice, policy, and research. On this Resources page, you may also sign up to receive updates from the Center.

This infographic title is Social-Emotional Activities for Every Classroom from Pathway 2 Success. There is a table with 30 cells. Each cell contains icons related to SEL topics with names. The are: Daily Greetings, Emotions Check-In, Journal Writing, Class Circle Time, Morning Meeting, Brain Breaks, Gratitude List, Mindful Morning Check-In, Read Alouds, Practice Coping Strategies, SEL Chats, End-of-the-Day Reflection, Positive Affirmations, SEL Art Activities, Hold Class Meetings, Weekly Goal Reflection, SEL Skill of the Day or Week, Show-and-Tell, Shout Out Board, SEL Quote of the Day, SEL Crafts, Practice Mindfulness, Social Scenarios, Play Games and Sports, Daily Check-In Journal, Daily Jobs, AM/PM Check-In, SEL Question of the Day, Catch-Up and Organizing Time, Group Challenges

Function-Based Thinking

Each TSD school (and staffer) is receiving Function-Based Thinking this year. If your school already held a training, and you did not attend, you can come to a make-up session next week at the ADMIN building. RSVP for one of two 1-hour options: Thurs., 1/12/23, at 2:30 PM, or Fri., 1/13/23, at 8 AM.
Dark background and megaphone in front points at quotation that reads "Never in the history of calming down has anyone calmed down by being told to calm down." citation to Amy Reed with written at bottom.

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