Friday Feedback (On Thursday)

Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time, when we were in school, the philosophy in education was kind of like -"you either get it now or you get left behind because my job is teaching and your job is learning". We all know that times have changed and our students today are different than they were even ten years ago and a chunk of our kids (any kid at any time mind you) may need additional supports (tier 1 interventions) to succeed at grade level material. These students don't need IEP accommodations, but may simply need more targeted instruction in a smaller group setting (more targeted practice) to get it; learning can and should be challenging if our standards are truly grade level material. The rule of thumb in the eyes of MTSS (formerly RTI) is that 80% of our kids should know and understand grade level standards based material most of the time; 20% at any time will need some kind of Tier 1 support (and some of that 20% have an IEP). The 20% of kids needing additional supports may vary depending on the material being covered. In other words, even our most academically successful kids may need additional supports when they encounter new and challenging material at grade level. We have supports built into our schedule (core teacher collaborative team time to discuss students who are struggling at any given time) and "Warrior Time" (extra time and small group instruction for those needing additional supports based on collaborative team time decisions).

MTSS Goal - "To create a systematic process that ensures every child receives the additional time and support needed to learn at high levels" - MTSS, 2015, Solution Tree

"Schools are here to prepare today's children to be adults in tomorrow's world" - (MTSS for Secondary Schools - Solution Tree)

How do we ensure high levels of learning for ALL students? Through MTSS...

As educators, it is our job to ensure our students learn the essential skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to succeed in their adult life.

If schools exist to prepare students to be adults, then we, as educators, must have an accurate vision of the future for which we are preparing our students.

(MTSS for Secondary Schools, Solution Tree, 2015)

"Fundamental Assumptions"

Fundamental Assumptions -

• All students don’t learn the same way.

• All students don’t learn at the same speed.

• Some students lack prior skills and knowledge.

• Some students lack academic behaviors.

• Some students have a home life that is counterproductive to academic success.

Dates to remember -

Friday 10/23 - Bus Evacuation Drill - 8-8:30 a.m. (more details to come)

10/23-10/20 - Red Ribbon Week

Friday 10/31 - Dance at the Edge - 6-8 pm

Down the road...

Tuesday 11/10 - Veterans Assembly 1-1:45 (more details to come)