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Plan Evaluation

  • March 1, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph,D., NCSP This blog is a continuation of previous blogs exploring the problem-solving process. The purpose of this blog is to dive deeper into the fifth and final step of the problem-solving process: plan evaluation. In addition,…

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Intensive Intervention

  • February 23, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP When provided with evidence-based Tier 1 core instruction, most students will make effective school progress. Some will not, and these students benefit from intervention that is provided in addition to core instruction. In most tiered…

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Plan Implementation

  • February 16, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Plan implementation is the fourth step in the problem-solving model: Problem identification Problem analysis Plan development Plan implementation Plan evaluation This step involves providing the selected intervention with integrity for the student(s) who need support.…

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Problem Analysis

  • February 1, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D., NCSP This blog is a continuation of the previous topic explored: problem identification. While the first blog of this series examined the first step in the problem-solving process (problem identification), the purpose of this blog is…

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Interpreting Winter Screening Scores

  • January 29, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As January comes to a close, your winter screening data are ready to interpret. Winter scores provide teachers with the opportunity to learn how much growth students have made since the fall. This blog will…

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Problem Identification

  • January 18, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D., NCSP Educators can use problem identification to seek solutions to resolve problems in the school environment that occur at the district, school, class, and individual level. Problem identification is part of the scientific method, as it…

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Reviewing Problem Solving

  • January 12, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Problem solving is a cornerstone of the FastBridge Learning® system and the FAST™ assessments. This model dates from work by Dr. Stan Deno of the University of Minnesota. Deno and colleagues pioneered efforts to develop…

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Beyond Winter Screening

  • January 4, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As students and teachers return to school after the holiday break, there is an opportunity to review each student’s progress toward year-end learning goals and determine if adjustments are needed. As noted, in a prior…

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Planning for Winter Screening

  • November 30, 2017

By: Holly Windram, PhD As we approach the middle of the school year, tier 2 and tier 3 intervention delivery and progress monitoring are in place with at least 1-2 data review meetings having occurred. It’s not too soon to…

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FastBridge Tools and Special Education

  • November 20, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Special education is a unique and important feature of U.S. public education. Although some states implemented special education programs before 1975, it was the passage of PL 94-142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act,…

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