MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 37 (May 24, 2023)

This is our thirty-seventh...

...and FINAL edition of this publication!

Thank you for your commitment to

prevention, engagement, and continuous improvement!!!

(Kim Z. Mannion, TSD MTSS Coordinator, 2019-2023)


TSD is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports!

  • This newsletter has intended to make connections between the CO Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework and the Thompson School District (TSD), including TEE and so much more. Weekly, the effort has been to "de-mystify" what MTSS is, how each MTSS Component might be improved, and when MTSS is "in place".

  • The district will be having a website "Refresh" in coming weeks/months, and that will affect online content. Additionally, my departure (as MTSS Coordinator) will mean some content will no longer be posted/available. In a concerted effort to make relevant changes, I will make adjustments that will (hopefully) benefit TSD educational stakeholders in the future.

  • As noted in last week's MTSS News, TSD is functioning as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports with shared ownership of all the adult systems and student supports. So, you will find content across TSD websites, software platforms, and publications that reflect ONE strong system that is coordinated to improve outcomes. That is when you know MTSS is implemented effectively; it is not person-specific or individual-dependent. It is "how we operate." We collaborate, partner, collect data, analyze data, base decisions in data, select evidence-based practices, use tiered logic, and provide capacity-building activities for each member of our learning community.

Thompson School District (TSD) = one system...with many sub-systems and supports

Handwritten words with star bullet points. At the top is the word Practice with a circle around it. Underneath are bullet points. The first says "Makes Perfect" and has a strikethrough of the words. The other bullet points are: Makes Progress. Brings understanding of what works and what doesn't work. Ups your skill level. Creates new habits. Builds confidence.
Words on top say: "Every plant has their own requirements in order to grow..." Beneath the words are three cartoon drawings of different types of potted plants with icons depicting varying amounts of water and sun on the pots. Beneath the plant images, it says: "And so do people."
Learning Forward logo and these words: 4 Common Misconceptions about Feedback. Feedback occurs only in performance evaluation. When feedback is associated only with performance evaluation, it will continue to be sparse. People are feedback averse. Feedback as a process to promote growth is the fuel for improvement. When feedback is scarce, people lack knowledge to make changes in their practice...The feedback sandwich softens critical feedback. The feedback sandwich has the potential to miscommunicate the intent, lessen the learner's motivation to act on the information, and eliminates the learner's opportunity to learn how to be analytic and independent. People prefer positive negative feedback. Learners usually understand that the purpose of the feedback process is to promote their growth. To that end, they want to be a part of a process that helps them understand how to improve. This is excerpted from The Feedback Process by Joellen Killion:
Large billboard in front of some tall buildings. It has a white background and these words printed in black block letters: "Be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved. The Poetics"


Note: Prior issues may not remain long-term.

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