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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!

    Math Fluency: We Need a Comprehensive Approach

    Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    A guest post from the math experts at BlueStreak Math

    The past 15 years have been revolutionary in our understanding of student learning, especially in mathematics. As new studies emerge on the impact of fluency on student performance and researchers identify more impactful ways to support and sustain learning, it’s critical that we refresh our understanding of math fluency and adapt our methods for teaching math to maximize student 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. 

    How to Know if an MTSS Intervention Plan is Working (and What to Do if It Isn’t)

    MTSS Practice, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    So, you have identified students needing a support plan, created goals, selected and implemented appropriate interventions, and collected data using a progress monitoring tool or assessment. Fantastic! These are all necessary steps to supporting students through your Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

    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:

    An Intervention Plan Tune-Up: Progress Monitoring with Branching Minds

    MTSS Practice, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies, Branching Minds Platform

    Just as your mechanic has the diagnostics and tools needed to keep your car running smoothly, Branching Minds has all the features you need to monitor and fine-tune your students’ learning plans!

    Get Student Buy-In for Accelerated Learning: How to Use Proficiency Scales

    MTSS Practice, Tier 1 - Core Instruction, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    As a teacher in a Title 1 school, many of my students lagged behind in meeting benchmarks each year. To teach them my grade level standards, I began by attempting to remediate missed learning. However, their progress was limited. Attempting to backtrack to their level just took too much time and resulted in frustration and disengagement. In order to achieve more within the year, I began to use the accelerated learning approach by integrating the required concepts for specific standards into the current lesson. I saw increased student engagement and achievement. And when I started using Proficiency Scales, my students’ motivation soared!

    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. 

    Five Ways the Branching Minds Intervention Library Helps You Find 'Just Right' Interventions

    Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies, Branching Minds Platform

    Do you ever feel like Goldilocks when creating student plans? It’s challenging to find the intervention that is “juuust right” to help each student grow. That’s why Branching Minds offers a curated Intervention Library filled with research-based supports matched to a student’s unique profile. Here are five ways the Branching Minds library helps you find and implement “just right” interventions for your students.