Kent ISD

Why We Love MTSS (And You Should, Too!)

Data-driven decision making, positive school climate, evidence-based reading instruction and interventions . . . all critical components of setting up a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Framework.

Kent ISD is currently supporting local districts in bringing the MTSS Framework to life to systematically raise achievement both academically and behaviorally for all students.

Through meetings, workable tools, and online resources, Kent ISD provides professional learning, data analysis, and system support to help local districts implement key features of the MTSS Framework.

Positive Changes

The focus and implementation of these critical components have resulted in positive changes for our local school districts.

• Implementation of school-wide positive behavior supports have reduced disciplinary incidents and increased instructional time.

Watch this video from Crestwood Middle School in Kentwood

• Systematic school-wide reading systems has improved instruction and outcomes for all students.

“She (Sonia Lewis, trainer school-wide reading systems) gave us an amazing amount of specific information backed with facts and research. It was impressive. I have been teaching for 22 years and it was inspiring to be in her audience. I wish my whole staff could have been there.” –Michelle Marceau, Kettle Lake Elementary, Caledonia Community Schools.

A driving force behind the MTSS work is to connect educational initiatives across local school districts and the county. We are excited that we have been able to make this a reality.

Did you know . . .

The Reading Now Network is a collective effort of superintendents, school boards and school districts throughout West Michigan to improve early literacy and, ultimately, student achievement across all grade levels. They are striving to benchmark early literacy practices and promote research-based early literacy instruction with the goal of getting students reading by third grade.

dv1940060As a result of their initial study, they shared observed evidence that led to six different findings supporting their goal. These findings are consistent with the critical components of an MTSS Framework including data driven decision making, positive school climate, and evidence-based reading instruction and interventions. CLICK HERE to read more about there findings.

Did you know . . .

Doug Fisher recently visited Kent ISD exploring the big ideas in his book titled, “How to Create a Culture of Achievement in your School and Classroom.” He believes that no school improvement effort will be effective unless school culture is addressed.

In his presentation he shared several strategies and activities designed to improve school culture through relationships and connections. Our Kent ISD MTSS Initiative focuses equally on the importance of academic and behavioral success for students. Through our school-wide positive behavior professional learning series, schools design systems that improve student behavior, school climate, and engagement.

Interested in learning more about implementing a MTSS Framework in your school?

Kirsten Rice Kent ISD
Kirsten Rice, Kent ISD Multi-Tier System of Supports Coordinator

If your district is interested in partnering with Kent ISD to implement an MTSS Framework, please fill out the short form below and Kirsten Rice will contact you.

This post was written by Kirsten Rice and Mark Raffler, Consultants at Kent ISD and edited by Amanda Walma, Professional Learning Coordinator at Kent ISD.

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