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    Top 10 Reading and Math Interventions Used in Branching Minds: 2024 Edition

    Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    Curious about the latest trends in K-12 interventions? Each year, we comb through the nearly 9 MILLION SUPPORT PLANS created in the Branching Minds MTSS platform to see what’s buzzing with our district partners. We’ve crunched the numbers to bring you the most-used math and reading interventions, along with expert suggestions from our Learning Science team. Let's break it down!

    3 Lesson Plans to Build Resilience & Help High School Students Succeed in School and Beyond

    SEL and Behavior, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies, MTSS for Secondary

    A critical part of education is helping students build the life skills and resiliency they need to complete high school and successfully transition to adult life. Branching Minds partners with The Jed Foundation (JED) to bring practical resources to high school classrooms that are informed by direct research with high school students about what they need as they graduate. These areas include:

    Top 3 Trends in MTSS Interventions

    Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    Throughout the 2022-23 school year, as our school partners created intervention plans, they have been using the Branching Minds intervention library to find and document student supports. We’ve surveyed the data about the most used interventions in our library, how they are used, and what that can tell us about current trends in MTSS interventions.

    Supporting High School Students’ Mental Health and Well-being with The Jed Foundation

    SEL and Behavior, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies, MTSS for Secondary

    Branching Minds is excited to partner with The Jed Foundation (JED) to bring essential resources to high school classrooms through the Branching Minds Support Library. Informed by direct research with high school students about what they need as they graduate, these new support cards offer concrete tips, tools, and resources on a comprehensive range of topics geared toward helping students manage the transition out of high school. Carefully curated and evidence-based, these resources provide teachers and students with accessible and actionable advice to aid in this critical — and often difficult — transition. 

    Diagnostics, Screeners, & Progress Monitors, Oh My! Assessments and Their Uses Within MTSS

    MTSS Practice, MTSS Basics, MTSS Data Literacy, MTSS Assessment Data

    Do you ever find yourself trying to make sense of all the assessments your students are expected to take, only to end up with more questions (and maybe a headache)? When should they take the assessments? Are they for ALL students or only SOME students? Which teachers can administer them? Which students need testing accommodations, and which accommodations do they need? 

    Addressing the Top Four Challenges in Secondary Math Intervention

    MTSS Practice, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    In my first year of teaching, I was hired as a special education teacher at an alternative high school on the south side of Chicago. I had a great experience there and truly loved working with high school students. I had never considered myself to be “a math person,” but I ended up enjoying teaching math much more than I expected. What I did not expect was that I would be teaching resource classes for high school seniors who were performing at around a 4th-grade level in math. In this situation, math interventions became my new best friend. 

    How To Implement the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ Intervention

    SEL and Behavior, MTSS Practice, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic brought about all kinds of challenges. My colleagues and I were relieved when we could go back to in-person learning, but it quickly became apparent that our students seemed to be missing a lot of important social-emotional skills. Unfortunately, the lack of socialization opportunities over the past two years and trying to re-learn how to engage in school left them falling behind in this area.