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Free Download: Back-to-School Assessment Toolkit

In talking with educators, one of the greatest concerns regarding the 2020-21 back-to-school season is the extent of learning loss students suffered as a result of COVID-19. When schools closed, students missed out on important instructional time, even if learning…

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Tier 3 Interventions

Understanding Intensive Intervention within an MTSS Framework

Intensive intervention is an important tool that educators can use to address the learning needs of students with significant learning deficits. Often referred to as Tier 3 within a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework or a Response to Intervention (RtI) model, intensive intervention is an individualized and data-based iterative process that usually requires a significant commitment of school resources over a period of time.

When used carefully within the problem-solving process of MTSS, very few students will require intensive intervention. But, for those that need it, intensive intervention can create the conditions for their success in school and life.

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Schoolwide Reading Improvement

Expert Tips for Creating a Schoolwide Reading Improvement Model

Since earning her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst in 2002, Judy Loughlin has made a career as a consultant to districts and schools seeking to improve students’ literacy outcomes. Her resume includes working with IDEAL Consulting, the Hill Institute, the Connecticut and Massachusetts Departments of Education, and countless schools and districts across New England. She also has served as an adjunct instructor in the UMass Amherst College of Education and worked as a teacher and school psychologist.

It was during her time practicing school psychology and visiting schools seeking to address their high rates of special education referrals that something became strikingly clear to her. The degree to which educators needed to focus on prevention and early intervention for students struggling with reading was critical to everything else that needed to take place to improve their schools. And so launched a career-long interest in schoolwide reading improvement.

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Explain Progress Monitoring To Anyone

Create an Elevator Pitch for Progress Monitoring

In the early ’90s I entered into the world we now know as Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). We didn’t have the full vision and all the structures then, but progress monitoring was always a central practice within the framework. The practice carries a mindset of formatively evaluating our decisions as they relate to improved outcomes for students. It is this notion that what we do matters (and it matters a lot) that makes progress monitoring such a critical component of MTSS. Sometimes we get a good instructional fit right away, and sometimes we are humbled trying to figure it out.

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How to Implement Successful Math Interventions

In order to help all students be successful with mathematics, it is important to identify students in need of supplemental math instruction. Educators can do this within a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model which is a coordinated system of academic and behavioral supports that include four basic components (Honig, Diamond, & Gutlohn, 2018):

  1. Multi-tiered levels of prevention and support
  2. Evidence-based programs and high-quality instruction
  3. Ongoing assessment, and
  4. Data-based decision making and problem solving
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