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Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System

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EWIMS - Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System

The Michigan Department of Education, Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, and EduPaths have partnered to create courses that will help organizations, school and districts implement an Early Warning System to support struggling learners. This is an eight (8) course series that walks participants through the Early Warning Implementation and Monitoring System (EWIMS) Implementation Guide and provides users with the tools needed to get started.


To access courses using the links below, you will need an EduPaths account and be logged in.

As of July 2019, over 1,000 educators have engaged with the EWIMS EduPaths content

Early Warning and Intervention Monitoring System (EWIMS): Overview

This first course will provide an overview of the EWIMS process. At the end of the course users will:
  • Understand what EWIMS is and why it is important
  • Identify ways that an early warning system can benefit your students
  • Identify resources that can assist you as you develop your own intervention process

To go to this course, click Early Warning and Intervention Monitoring System (EWIMS): Overview

EWIMS Step 1: Establish Roles and Responsibilities

Step 1 of the EWIMS process is about pulling your team together. Course objectives include how to:

  • Establish an EWIMS team at your school or district.
  • Establish meeting routines and common agendas.
  • Identify individuals who will be responsible for entering data.
To go to this course, click EWIMS Step 1 - Establish Roles and Responsibilities

EWIMS Step 2: Use an Early Warning Data Tool

Step 2 of the EWIMS process addresses setting up your Early Warning data system. Anticipated outcomes in this step are:

  • Understanding of the basic features of the Michigan Data Hub EWS Tool and early warning data reports by all team members.
  • Designated district or school technology specialist(s) who are responsible for loading the tool with student data in a regular and timely manner.
  • Fully populated tool with up-to-date information that is based on regular import or entry according to the established schedule.
To go to this course, click EWIMS Step 2 - Use an Early Warning Data Tool

EWIMS Step 3: Review Early Warning Data

Step 3 of the EWIMS process is about reviewing early warning data. This course provides directions on how to:
  • Identify individual students who show signs of risk for dropping out of high school
  • Understand and clarify patterns across groups of students and over time
  • Identify the type of additional information that will be needed
  • Assign responsibilities for gathering additional information and data

To go to this course, click EWIMS Step 3 - Review Early Warning Data

EWIMS Step 4: Interpret Early Warning Data

Step 4 of the EWIMS process is taking the data from Step 3 and interpreting it to benefit students. This course provides support as you:

  • Articulate reasons that individual students, and groups of students, are flagged as being at risk.
  • Identify individual and common needs among groups of students.

To go to this course, click EWIMS Step 4 - Interpret Early Warning Data

EWIMS Step 5: Assign and Provide Interventions

Step 5 of the EWIMS process is using the data that you gathered and interpreted so students can be best assisted. This course will walk you through:

  • Create or expand on your inventory of supports and interventions available to students in the school.
  • Assign flagged students to supports and interventions based on student needs identified in Steps 3 and 4.
  • Identify gaps in the available supports and interventions.
  • Recommend school-wide support strategies aimed at addressing the most common student needs identified in Steps 3 and 4.

To go to this course, click EWIMS Step 5 - Assign and Provide Interventions

EWIMS Step 6: Monitor Students and Interventions

Step 6 of the EWIMS process addresses how to assign students to appropriate interventions and providing time for interventions to work. This course will walk you through:

  • Make decisions about continuing, reassigning or terminating interventions for flagged students.
  • Identify gaps in the available supports and interventions for students and recommendations for new intervention strategies that are based on early warning data.
  • Use data from students participating in interventions to make decisions about the general effectiveness of interventions.
  • Share information with appropriate stakeholders about student needs; the impact of existing interventions; and the need for additional interventions, where applicable.

To go to this course, click EWIMS Step 6 - Monitor Students and Interventions

EWIMS Step 7: Evaluate and Refine the EWIMS Process

Step 7 of the EWIMS process emphasizes a continued evaluation and refinement of your process. How did it go? What to keep and what to eliminate?. This course will walk you through:

  • Identify the strengths and challenges of the EWIMS process.
  • Clarify opportunities for improving your EWIMS process.
  • Identify your district/school EWIMS team for the next school year.
  • Validate indicators that substantiate the early warning data in your school and district.

To go to this course, click EWIMS Step 7 - Evaluate and Refine the EWIMS Process

Create an Account with EduPaths

To access the EWIMS courses for free, simply go to https://www.edupaths.org and create an account. Once you are logged in, the links in this flyer will take you directly to the course. Click Enroll.


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