Written by: Mark Raffler, Kent ISD
The Kent ISD Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team has been working for the past six years to develop the understanding and capacity of local districts to balance the behavior and academic demands put forward by the State of Michigan.
The latest legislation put into place, focused on academic content, is the Third Grade Reading Law (Public Act 306). This legislation comes with many requirements and considerations for districts in order to increase the number of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Continue reading Connecting MTSS and Third Grade Reading Law
As we near the end of another school year, Kent ISD is ramping up efforts to provide outstanding professional learning opportunities in the 2017/2018 school year.
High Interest Topics for 2017/2018
Kelli Campbell, Teaching and Learning Director at Kent ISD, and I visited a few districts over the winter months to get an insight into what our local districts were looking for in the coming school year. We gathered all the information from our visits and found the following topics were of highest interest: Continue reading Plan Your PD for 2017/18
In 2015, the Michigan State Board of Education identified as a priority, “Increasing the use of personalized teaching methods, including the integration of technology for K-14 students to improve learning and outcomes.” In 2016, The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released their plan to become a top 10 state in 10 years, which incorporated personalized learning as 1 of its 7 strategies. While the state has a strong focus on personalized learning, many local districts in Michigan are just beginning to develop their understanding around this educational concept. Continue reading 5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning
Please read and think about the statements below:
- If a child doesn’t know how to read…we ______ .
- If a child doesn’t know how to multiply…we _____ .
- If a child doesn’t know how to swim…we_____.
- If a child doesn’t know how to behave…we _____.
How did you answer the questions? Continue reading PBIS: Thornapple Kellogg’s Success Story
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 Continue reading Why We Love MTSS (And You Should, Too!)