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MTSS: Let's start with why
By Jillynne Raymond, Assistant Director of System Development, GCED
WHY, oh why? Some may prefer to ask why, oh why won’t RtI or MTSS (or whatever new acronym comes next ) go away? Instead, let’s start with the why behind this systematic work. We need to understand why we are doing something. The why is at the core.
WHY implement a MTSS?
WHAT is MTSS?
MTSS stands for a Multi-Tiered System of Support, which provides a continuum of effective supports aligned to all students’ needs for achieving high expectations. Achievement is key. Tiered interventions can help us go beyond a year’s worth of growth.
It is essential that we have a system in place that supports our students and our staff members on this important pursuit. The system and resources need to align to meet students’ specific needs.
So WHERE are we at with implementation?
Good work on the initial implementation of MTSS has been happening around the county! Kudos to all of you that served on your MTSS teams. Your expertise, your engagement, your collaboration is greatly appreciated.
While we are implementing MTSS for all of our districts in Goodhue County, each district has its own unique set of circumstances and needs to consider. We are here to support each districts’ growth needs for full implementation. To do so, we are here to assess the implementation
journey itself in order to identify what is working and what needs tweaking as we continue with our implementation.
WHEN do we continue our work?
Districts are continuing their work in the teams already established. We will bring a group of stakeholders together on 11/12/15 to continue the work countywide.
Questions? Contact Jillynne Raymond, Assistant Director of System Development; 651-388-4441.
MTSS: Thanks to our teams
. Derek Bell
. Melissa Biever
. Tim Hodges
. Kirsten Hoffman
. Corey Nemcek
. Jaime Winchell
. Mike Harvey
. Anna Herman
. Mark Opsahl
. Casey Veiseth
. Patricia Bronk
. Dennis Hood
. Cheryl Johnson
. Weston Johnson
. Jillynne Raymond
. Carol Redmond
. Mary Jo Schwartau
. Ben Heath
. Laura McAnally
. Matt Ryan
. Jim Borgschatz
. Kim Majchrazk
. Tracy Oliver
. Sheila Beckner
. Jennifer Bierman
. Beth Borgen
. Scott Briske
. Tony Casci
. Brian Cashman
. Alisha Dalsin
. Lauren Dominguez
. Jennifer Grove
. Kristin Grove
. Kelly Hanson
. Todd Herber
. Joe Jezierski
. Craig Mares
. Heather Mortel
. Josh Nelson
. Michael Pagel
. Chris Palmatier
. Jeremy Sorenson
. Wendy Ahern
. Melissa Boraas
. Angie Hunstad
. Mary Kleese
. Quinn Rasmussen
. Rebecca Sjolander
. Jean Turtle
All staff, all districts
Thank you! YOU are all a part of MTSS.
Together as a team, YOUR work
supports our students’ achievement.
It can be challenging bridging theory
and practice. We will get there through
collaboration and collective inquiry.
This group has been invited to return to
the work this fall. On Thursday, Nov. 12 we will meet to:
important work with you!
Autism Cohort: Supporting each other while supporting students' needs
By Lynne Petersen, Autism Consultant
Goodhue County Education District (GCED) is fortunate to now have 16 teachers who are licensed by the State of Minnesota in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Each student past the age of six years 11 months, who meets educational criteria for ASD, must have an ASD (or ABS) licensed teacher on his/her team. This teacher must be involved in the evaluation/reevaluation process and be in attendance at the IEP meetings.
GCED has an ongoing ASD Cohort to help meet the needs of these teachers and keep them current with regional and state initiatives, new research, and strategies to support students. The cohort meets four times each year. Speakers are brought in to share information and teachers are supported through networking with each other and brainstorming ideas.
Each person brings a unique set of skills. Together they collaborate and take back to their districts, classrooms, and students new knowledge and a fresh perspective.
Project Based Learning: Alternative education
By Brian Cashman, Coordinator of Alternative Programs
Alternative education exists because one-size does not fit all. Some students need a different approach to learning. Even within ALCs one size does not fit all, thus the need for ALC options for our at risk students in Goodhue County. The Pathways Program at RBEC offers Project Based Learning.
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. PBL elements include:
In the Spotlight: PBIS
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for organizing strategies to enhance academic and social outcomes using data-based decision making. All of our member districts have now implemented PBIS.
A PBIS school identifies expected behaviors and then explicitly teaches those behaviors. The positive behaviors are then rewarded via individual and
schoolwide incentives. The PBIS school tracks data on the behaviors and provides opportunities to re-teach expectations on an individual and schoolwide basis.
In the coming months we will share how the districts have implemented PBIS.
Infinitec: Infinite potential through technology
Remember that all districts have access to Infinitec at www.myinfinitec.org/. Check out the resources below.
Books That Grow
This great website called Books That Grow is worth checking into. Here you will find books that let you
alter the reading level. Teachers can create classes, assign books to students and choose the reading
level. Books can be search by interest level and read on a computer, Android tablet or iOS device. Take
advantage of text-to-speech through the operating system of Google extension. Some books have teacher
guides and there are plans to create comprehension guides in the future.
Executive Function 101 eBook
This free eBook is written for parents or those wishing to learn more about executive function (EF). It
explains executive functions in a clear, understandable way and discusses the areas in which these
struggles impact a child: learning, behavior, emotions, social situations and relationships. Tips for sup-
port and practice in specific areas are included.