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Effective Problem Solving Teams

  • June 13, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas In previous blog posts, we have described how a Multi-Tier System of Supports, or MTSS, can be used to determine which students are in need of additional, more intensive, interventions. We also discussed the importance of using…

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Sight Words in Early Reading Instruction

  • May 26, 2016

By: Dr. Paul Robb The sight word assessments included in FastBridge Learning’s earlyReading measures are based on the most frequently used English words. The fact that these assessments are strong indicators of early reading success suggests an important role for…

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Setting up Schedules to Support MTSS

  • May 19, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Time is a precious resource in schools.  In order to use the available time the most effectively, school personnel need to develop and use carefully planned daily schedules. In most schools, there is a master…

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How to Measure Student Growth with Screening Data

  • May 12, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas Measuring student growth can help teachers find out whether students are learning or improving in a particular skill. There are a few questions we need to ask ourselves when we measure student growth. These are important questions…

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How FastBridge Learning Supports a Multi-Tiered System of Supports

  • April 21, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas Many schools and districts have implemented a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS, formally known as Response to Intervention), which involves data-based problem solving to guide decisions for instruction and interventions. MTSS provides evidence-based practices to help students…

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Effective Leadership within an MTSS Framework

  • April 14, 2016

By: Dr. Kim Gibbons The Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) framework has quickly emerged as a methodology for improving outcomes for all students. Through this framework, high-quality instruction is tailored to student needs and implemented using a data-based decision-making framework.…

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Best Practices for Using Data in the Classroom

  • March 31, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas With so many state assessments, screening, progress monitoring, and classroom exams in place, there is no doubt that students go through a lot of testing. One question that we need to ask ourselves is, are we just testing…

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Reading Foundations: Comprehension

  • March 18, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas Knowing how to sound out words isn’t enough when it comes to being a competent reader. Understanding what the words mean is just as necessary. In earlier blog posts, we discussed the importance of acquiring meaning at…

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