2016-2016 UM-TFA Program Description
March 16, 2016 | By Jean Hoffman Mrachko |
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o Universal Screening o Data-Based Decision Making and Problem Solving o Continuous Progress Monitoring o Continuum of Evidence-Based Practices: A core curriculum is provided for all students A modification of the core is arranged for students who are identified as needing targeted instruction A specialized and intensive curriculum is provided for students who are intensive in need Focus on Fidelity of Implementation o Here are a few brief working definitions from other states: Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is defined as a whole-school, data- driven, prevention-based framework for improving learning outcomes for EVERY student through a layered continuum of evidence-based practices and systems. ( www.cde.state.co.us/mtss/whatismtss ) A multi-tiered approach to instruction and intervention is a comprehensive and systematic process for assessing and maximizing the opportunities to learn for all students within any content area. It emphasizes the importance of effective, culturally responsive and differentiated first teaching and effective early intervening supports for both academics and behavior for all students, prior to making a referral for a special education evaluation. (http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/best/pbswebsite/Resources/MTSSRTIIFieldGuide.pdf ) MTSS is a coherent continuum of evidence based, system-wide practices to support a rapid response to academic and behavioral needs, with frequent data- based monitoring for instructional decision-making to empower each...student to achieve high standards. (kansasmtss.org) What is a MTSS Coordinator? o Role definition - MTSS coordinator: Want to emphasize coordination aspect of job - it’s not about doing everything, it’ s about coordinating others to do the work. Is there a one-liner job description somewhere for MTSS Coordinator? If not, might be a good idea to craft one. Coordinator: someone whose job is to make different groups work together in an organized way to achieve something (dictionary.cambridge.org) A coordinator is a person who helps in planning, organizing and executing events or performances needed. There are different types of coordinators such as a wedding coordinator, stunt coordinator, production coordinator and marketing coordinator. (en.wikipedia.org) From MiBLSi website: The MTSS Coordinator works to ensure implementation fidelity while developing local implementation capacity. Ensuring implementation and fidelity means that educators and leadership team members acquire and improve the skills and abilities needed to implement the defined set of practices with fidelity. They can then generalize new and fragile skills to real world settings (classrooms, hallways, team meetings) Develop local implementation capacity means that educators and team members develop a conceptual understanding of the core elements of the practices and processes by focusing on the functions of key program features and develop the skills and ability to implement these core elements of the practices.