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    The COVID-19 pandemic required and stretched school districts to support students in various ways, often requiring creative solutions for additional needs. Still, whether before, during, or after the pandemic—school districts have sought a solution to support their students through the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) process. The Branching Minds team has partnered with all three districts below, providing support through our MTSS software platform. Below we present academic data highlights from Miamisburg City School District (OH), East St Louis School District 189 (IL), and Bryan Independent School District (TX).


     

    Miamisburg City School District

     

    Miamisburg City School District, OH

    BRM Cumulative impact report 2022_Miamisburg City School DistrictMiamisburg City School District serves approximately 5,000 students in Montgomery County, Ohio (21% of students are from minority backgrounds; 35% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch). The district began their partnership with Branching Minds in the 2019-2020 school year and have since used the BRM platform to support their elementary and middle school students in reading, math, and SEL & behavioral health. The BRM team has worked closely with Miamisburg to strengthen their MTSS approaches and streamline the development and implementation of their reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans.

    Data collected from the NWEA MAP reading and math universal screening assessments show that students who scored in the lowest 25th percentile for reading and math at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year had significant improvements in their performance at both the winter and spring benchmarks.

     

    Branching Minds gives you the ability to share information, look at all aspects of a student,
    and stay focused on issues that need to be addressed.

     

    MTSS Meetings Guide

    MTSS Meetings Guide

    A healthy MTSS system consists of three different types of meetings that have three different functions and formats: The Individual Student Support Meeting, The Grade/Content Team Community Meeting, and The School Leadership Meeting.

    Download these quick guides to help you conduct effective meetings, optimize your use of time, and exit these meetings with clear action plans!


    East St Louis School District 189, IL  

    East St Louis School District 189, IL

    BRM Cumulative impact report_East St Louis School DistrictEast St Louis School District 189 serves approximately 5,200 students in the communities of East St Louis and Washington Park, Illinois (98.5% of students from minority backgrounds; 100% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch). The district began their partnership with Branching Minds in the 2019-2020 school year and have since used the BRM platform to support their students in reading, math and SEL & behavioral health. The BRM team has worked closely with East St Louis to build and improve upon MTSS practices. Over the past three years, BRM has guided the development of a district-wide MTSS handbook and supported the district to improve academic plans for students in need of additional support or intervention. In the 2021-22 school year, East St Louis expanded their MTSS practice to include a greater focus on SEL and behavioral health supports for students.

    Data collected from the NWEA MAP reading and math universal screening assessments show that students who scored in the lowest 25th percentile for reading and math at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year had significant improvements in their performance at both the winter and spring benchmarks.

     

    Branching Minds helps to keep all the student data organized and in one location. The support staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

     

    Branching Minds - Your MTSS Solution

    Save teachers time and effort

    The Branching Minds platform enables teachers to find streamlined documentation, automate data ingestion from multiple sources, improving the efficiency of preparing for problem-solving meetings. Additionally, the platform provides data visualizations, collaborative input, and holistic student view, improving the quality of the problem-solving conversation during meetings.


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    Bryan Independent School District, TX

    BRM Cumulative impact report 2022_Bryan ISD

    Bryan ISD is a public school district located in Bryan, Texas. It serves 15,984 students (81% of students from minority backgrounds; 77% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch) and a total of 27 schools. The district began their partnership with Branching Minds in 2019. Bryan ISD has heavily used Branching Minds to document support plans for at-risk students and all students needing accelerated instruction according to a recent bill passed in Texas, HB4545. District leaders at Bryan ISD have also worked with BRM as a thought partner to improve and release new features that can support the work of district and campus MTSS leaders.

    Data collected from the NWEA MAP reading and math universal screening assessments show that students who scored in the lowest 25th percentile for reading and math at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year had significant improvements in their performance at both the winter and spring benchmarks.

     

     

     

     

     

    The platform provides a well-rounded, “one-stop shop” for student intervention and documentation needs. All facets of intervention are housed in one place: student data, questionnaires to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses, goal setting, intervention creation, intervention documentation, parent meeting documentation, and mail merged documents for parent communication.

     

    A Foundational Year for MTSS

    It is important to note that these are highlights from our district clients who were ready and able to provide academic data at the time of publication of this report.

    Some of our district clients were not yet ready to suggest that MTSS influenced academic performance, due to the myriad of other changes that may have been taking place within their district alongside the start of MTSS, and the additional work entailed by the pandemic.

    For many districts, including some of our larger district partners like Chicago Public Schools, IL or Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC, 2021-2022 was a foundational year. These districts worked with BRM at the beginning of the school year to build a common language and strategy for MTSS in their district and, throughout the year, launched their MTSS rollout and Branching Minds platform implementation and training. The “MTSS mindset” is just beginning to permeate within these districts, and new data practices are taking root.

    We’re excited to support these districts over the coming years, and to report back on their SEL and academic progress.

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    PDF Copy of the Full Impact Report
    CASE STUDY: Broken Bow Public Schools, NE
    CASE STUDY: Sidney City Schools, OH
    CASE STUDY: Arlington Heights School District 25, IL
    CASE STUDY: Greene County School System, GA
     

    So, just in the comparison itself with all the other programs that are on the market, Branching Minds honestly is the complete package. You have all of the intervention support and guidance. You have all of the capability of focusing your support library on exactly what you want it to be for your district. The amount of support that Branching Minds offers in itself really gets that ball rolling for the district. It really gives that expert backup and proactive guidance to set your MTSS framework up for success from the beginning.

    --Emma McBride, Multi-Tiered Systems Specialist, Beaumont ISD  (Texas)