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    3 Reality Checks for Tier 3 Behavior Intervention

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

     “I’ve never seen anything like it!” 

    Give Teachers More Time to Teach with Branching Minds

    Instituting MTSS, MTSS Assessment Data, Branching Minds Platform

    Ever spend your lunch break scrambling to find the data you need or to document the work you’ve already completed? For teachers everywhere, time is the resource they need most but never have enough of. One major time drain is the endless data collection and analysis required to plan and track student interventions. For administrators looking to lighten this load, Branching Minds offers a game-changing solution that saves teachers time and helps them focus more on what they love—teaching!

    Differentiating Your MTSS PD: Principles, Protocols, and Practices

    Instituting MTSS, Leadership in MTSS

    You watch your educators hustling at the end of the school day to create sub plans and make copies for tomorrow. You have asked your teachers to leave their classrooms in the hands of an unknown substitute to attend professional development for a new district initiative. Fast forward a few years or even months and you can’t remember what the initiative was, what the expectations were for you as an administrator or your educators, or even how to get ahold of the resources shared. Have you been there? This experience occurs far too often in education as we continue to search for the silver bullet, the initiative to end all initiatives. 

    So much time, money, physical, and emotional investment can be saved by planning for sustainability with your professional development implementation. Fortunately, MTSS itself holds the key — it’s a framework to support all learners. What if we applied that way of thinking to our adult learners as well? 

    Just as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) systematically provides universal, targeted and intensive instruction for students depending on their needs, providing systematic MTSS learning for educators depending on their needs will have an exponential impact on your MTSS efforts over time.

    Your MTSS Platform Data Implementation Made Easy with Branching Minds

    Instituting MTSS, MTSS Assessment Data, Branching Minds Platform

    "I've done this a lot with a lot of different platforms, but you guys are really top-notch. And I'm a band director, so I don't give compliments often so you know I mean it!"

    - Matt Hawkes, Tech Director, Cloverleaf Local Schools, OH

    4 Things That Steal Teachers’ Joy

    Instituting MTSS, Leadership in MTSS

    "I believe that being an effective, inspiring leader for my teachers means staying in touch with what it's like for them to work in our building – and striving to make our school a place they'll never want to leave." 

    - Melissa Harvey, Principal, Bobby Summers Middle School, Royse City I.S.D., TX 

    How Your Department Could Be Benefiting From Branching Minds Right Now

    Instituting MTSS, Leadership in MTSS, Branching Minds Platform

    Just about every department and role in a school district benefits from the Branching Minds platform! Branching Minds is a comprehensive MTSS solution designed to transform the way school districts support students, making the work of education both practical and sustainable. 

    One Reason Your MTSS Might Be Failing, and What To Do About It

    MTSS Practice, Instituting MTSS, Leadership in MTSS

    Hooray! You've already laid the groundwork for MTSS success by establishing a clear vision for the work in collaboration with your colleagues. The initial hurdle of getting systems off the ground and providing basic training for staff members on board has been completed. But now, as you move toward full implementation and continuous growth, you're stepping into the big leagues.

    5 Family Communication Resources for MTSS Success

    Instituting MTSS

    Recently, my sister asked me if emailing teachers several times a week is too much. She wanted to know how her three elementary-age children were doing in class, and one child in particular. Whether a parent, a teacher, or both, you know how important it is to work as a team. Families and school staff are working for the same outcome: student growth and success. 

    Supporting Early Literacy With MTSS and Branching Minds

    Instituting MTSS, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies, MTSS for Elementary, Branching Minds Platform

    The ability to read with fluency and comprehension is THE foundational academic skill that leads to all others. Despite the importance, reading performance in the US has been stagnant for decades. In 2022, only 32% of 4th graders demonstrated proficiency in early literacy skills. 

    Master Scheduling for MTSS: Options and Challenges

    MTSS Practice, Instituting MTSS

    Years ago, as part of a team opening a new high school, our principal emphasized the importance of site-based decision-making. With input from our leadership team, we dedicated considerable thought to our master schedule. Our principal reminded us that scheduling reflects our priorities, leading us to adopt a nonconventional schedule to support deep learning for all students. We decided on a 4x4 block schedule but heard the concerns raised by stakeholder groups, so we modified it. We alternated classes by quarter instead of semester. We also added an extra "floating block" in 9th and 10th grade English to offer additional literacy instruction for all students.