MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 27 (March 8, 2023)

This is our twenty-seventh 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 last week's edition.


Compass Points + Components = Coherence!

We include the Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE) in each "MTSS News" edition; however, we do not always illuminate how TEE and the MTSS Components are connected. You will see in this week's material that so much of the content of TEE and MTSS intersect. And the MTSS Components are integrated and overlapping, as well. Can you identify where you might "call out" each TEE Compass Point from what we have included here? (or ALL of the Compass Points?) And although specific MTSS Components are explicitly-named in several areas in this week's publication, how might you align the content with framework Components? Each Component...or ALL of them?

Click to Access: All Things PLC website

Free resources are available re: a variety of topics from Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) "thought leaders". Note: PLCs are key Teaming Structures in an MTSS framework. Think of the "Team-Driven...", "Data-Based...", and FSCP Components!

Cartoon-like people are standing in rows, all of different shades and in work casual type of clothes. The foreground reads: Thank You School Social Workers! with the U.S. Dept. of Education logo in bottom right

Take the opportunity to acknowledge National School Social Work Week and all of the

value added by our social workers. We appreciate you!!


Other "notable notes" you might consider...

  • Today is International Women's Day! (United Nations) How did you celebrate?

How might you continue to recognize the wonderful women in your world?


  • Middle School partners deserve a "shout out" during March, as well:

Middle Level Education Month! (AMLE)


  • And this Friday, March 10, 2023, is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day.

Even the state of Colorado "proclaimed" it so! (see image below)


Heading is decorative text that says: State of Colorado Proclamation, with an drawing of the Capitol building and a Colorado seal. It then reads: Whereas, social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions; and Whereas, SEL competencies develop throughout our lives and are essential to success in our schools, workplaces, homes, and communities, and allow individuals to contribute meaningfully to society; and Whereas, SEL can be taught and developed throughout childhood, adolescents, and beyond; and whereas, schools, families, and the wider community can be engaged to enhance the strength, depth, and pace of acquisition of SEL competencies; Therefore, I, Jared Polis, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim March 10, 2013 as Social Emotional Learning Day in the state of Colorado. Given under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this tenth day of March, 2023. (CO state seal and signature of Jared Polis)
Click to Download: "6 Practical Ways..." (PDF)

The Wisconsin Dept. of Education's RtI Center/PBIS Network published this short resource that details what it describes as "Six Practical Ways to Maximize System Assessments." Themes and school examples are provided for each of the "six ways".

A circle of multi-colored arrows that symbolize a cycle, starting at top center and sequentially, clockwise, reads: Pre-assessment; Universally design with blended learning models; Collect formative assessment data; Use data to differentiate instruction, models and support; Summative assessment.

For more information about this graphic, read Dr. Caitlin Tucker's article:

Data-driven Design: Use Data to Personalize Learning in a Blended Classroom

Click to Access: Program Evaluation

This website from the Florida Problem Solving/Response to Intervention (PS/RtI) Project provides different downloadable tools that can be used for various purposes. Although published by another state, consider how these apply to CO-MTSS Components.

Simple Flow Map

This process flow map is easy-to-use and adopt for your Tiered Logic and Data-Based Problem Solving and Decision-Making. People may be wondering "when to intensify supports." This was sourced (online) and was cited as being shared by Dr. Kim St. Martin (Director of Michigan’s MTSS Technical Assistance Center) during a conference presentation last week. Note: "MDT" here is likely referring to: Multi-Disciplinary Team. You may substitute SST (Student Support Team), as relevant.
Big picture
Click to View: Infographic about CBMs for literacy

This is an illustration about some key descriptions and considerations related to Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) from the National Center on Improving Literacy. Note: The text version is linked on the same page.

Free Resources: Excerpt from March 2023 OSEP Update

"IRIS Fundamental Skill Sheets provide quick primers or reminders about discrete skills that are indispensable to any classroom educators’ toolbox. Each concise resource defines a skill, summarizes the evidence-base, provides steps and tips for implementation, and—best of all—contains brief demonstration videos with both examples and non-examples. There are currently seven skills featured in the collection..."

Click to Open: "Increasing Equity in Education..."

This Feb. 2023 brief "Increasing Equity in Education through Stage-based Implementation of Universal Design for Learning in a Multi-Tiered System of Support" came from a collaboration between leaders in this work (SWIFT, CAST, NIRN, and GLEC).

@Haypsych Six Tips to Help you Have Difficult Conversations 1. Preparation is Key. It can be helpful to jot down key points in priority order in advance. You'll be less likely to be thrown of course. 2. Practice makes perfect. Have a dry - run with a trusted colleague or year coach. This can help. Reduce your fear. Give you feedback on your style. Hone your message. 3. Specifics are important. Have one or two detailed examples to add weight to the point you are making. These should be recent and first-hand accounts. 4. Environment is important. The type of space you use can have an impact on how the conversation goes. Ideas: Private meeting room, local coffee shop, walk and talk, sit in local park. 5. Silence is golden. When you've said your initial piece then stop. Allow the other person to reflect and take it in. If you find it difficult, put a reminder to yourself, such as a post-it with the word 'quiet!' 6. Their shoes. How would you feel to hear the feedback you have to give? What would make it easier for you to accept? "Seek to understand in order to be understood." Stephen Covey
Click to Review: Talk Moves to Respond to Bias

Dr. María Gabriel, TSD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Director, presented at the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) Winter Conference with a partner from another school district. They included this resource in the presentation.

Thank you, Tracy!

Happy Retirement to Tracy Stegall, our TSD Learning Services Executive Director of Teaching and Learning! You added so much to our community, and you will be missed! Thank you for your contributions to TSD. And best of luck "in your next chapter" of energy, excitement, and education...out in the "real world"! :-)

Don't Hesitate

by Mary Oliver

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don't hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that's often the case. Anyway, whenever it is, don't be afraid of its plenty.

Joy is not made to be a crumb.

Click to Read "Find Your Marigold: One Essential Rule"

Although this is written "to new teachers" and is not new (2013), it is an inspirational message - with insight and motivation, along with potential application and opportunities to reflect and act!

Enjoy Spring Break!

There will be no newsletter next week as our district
will be "closed" for Spring Break...

"Good Luck" having all the best times you can experience...whether
remaining in cool Colorado or traveling (safely) to other locales.
See you "later" in (later) March!


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