MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News
2022-2023 Series - Volume 24 (February 15, 2023)
This is our twenty-fourth 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).
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Building Capacity and Encouraging Efficacy
In the last week, there have been multiple opportunities for conversations about "who" may be supported through coaching. We like to remind you that Coaching Practices can be replicated by any stakeholder...for any other. Although we respect (and revere!) the work of our district Instructional Coaches, we know that they (alone) are not coaching the entire system. Families and staff coach students. Leaders and administrators coach their staff or work teams, as well as other constituents. Students may coach each other...or even adults.
We aim to replicate coaching behaviors, not just the "title" of coach. Remember: Systems are not sustained by one person (alone). Systems implementation cannot be "person-specific" or "individual-dependent". Therefore, we do not want to imply that coaching is an action that only a designated staffer can implement. As we broaden our thinking in this regard, we realize that each of us "is a coach" - in one way or another...and for our partners across our learning community.
To that end, you will notice this week's newsletter seems a compilation of quotations. In fact, that is accurate and has been intentional. Powerful sentiments and/or summary statements emerged this week, and they resonate with and align to our Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE). Content "harvested" and "curated" for publication here focus on capacity-building and inspire/motivate efficacy development. A constant emphasis of MTSS implementation and each of the TEE Compass Points - and the TEE Compass, as a whole, is to support each stakeholder to be competent and feel confident. We should "make" (or invest!) the time, energy, and resources in high-impact strategies that reinforce our core beliefs - so that our values are visible in policies, procedures, and practices. In TSD, that means we must continue to commit to actualizing Strive 2025, TEE, and Educational Equity.
Words to Remember...
"Every child must be challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, supported, and know they belong. The whole student deserves the whole educator." - Keynote Address by Dr. Adolph Brown
(Panorama MTSS Level Up Virtual Summit, 2/9/23)
Cook's quotable quotations...
Dr. Clay Cook (of Character Strong) shared insights about implementation science and systems change during the Panorama Level Up Your MTSS Virtual Summit on 2/9/23. Some highlights:
- "Implementation boils down to adult behavior change."
- "We can never expect students to bring more to the room than what educators are bringing."
- "MTSS comes with lofty yet worthwhile goals, which is to continuously improve towards aligning systems and practices to ensure every student is able to access the type and level of support they need for success in school and life. A lukewarm commitment won't cut it."
This short description of a Leadership Team comes from the Wisconsin RtI Center. Although this comes from another state, the brevity and clarity of some of the recommendations may be helpful. Some resources are included, as well, if interested.
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