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⛰️ 2024 VIRTUAL MTSS SUMMIT | Get notified when registration opens >>


    Tuesday, June 20, 2023



    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM ET

    Poolside Chat - "Will This Be Graded? A Shift From Compliance-Driven Reporting to Reflective Continuous Improvement Through Self-Assessments of MTSS Practices"
    é Castillo, PhD, NCSP, Associate Professor of School Psychology and Director of the Institute for School Reform, University of South Florida
    Brittany Shurley, Director of Professional Services, Branching Minds

    Teachers frequently encounter a question from students when assigning tasks, projects, or assignments: "Will this be graded?" But why do students ask this question? Would their approach or performance change if a grade were involved?

    A focus on scores and compliance can divert our attention from the true objective: continuous improvement. As countless schools nationwide engage in self-assessment of their Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) practices, the fear of feeling graded or haste to just get the assignment done can overshadow our sound judgment; it may also hinder leaders from embracing growth and continuous improvement opportunities. So how do we recognize and address these challenges to foster a culture of ongoing development in our educational institutions?

    Join Dr. Jose Castillo and Brittany Shurley as they dispel the fear of the score from the MTSS self-assessment and discuss the benefits of data-driven reflection on school-wide systems.

    11:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET Break
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

    Workshop - "Data in the Driver's Seat: Iterate MTSS Practices and Engage in Continuous Improvement Using Data"
    Meagan Gillcrist, Educational Consultant, Branching Minds
    Angela Plugge, Director of Learning (Curriculum), Waverly School District 145
    Melissa Shotts, Account Executive, Branching Minds

    In this 90-minute workshop, attendees will:  

    ➡️ Identify key metrics and their purpose in order to drive MTSS practice

    ➡️ Understand how to evaluate your current MTSS practice utilizing the implementation drivers of leadership, competency, organization

    ➡️ Use the continuous improvement cycle to make and apply data-driven decisions to iterate and improve your practice

    1:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET Break
    1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET

    BRM MTSS Platform Session - "Dive Into Your Data: Using EOY Data for Reflection and Planning in Branching Minds"
    Emily-Rose Barry, VP of Product, Branching Minds
    Lauren Van Gomple, Sr. Account Executive, Branching Minds

    At EOY, school and district administrators can use Branching Minds to help review relevant data with a systems lens. This includes:

    ➡️ Evaluating the effectiveness of your entire MTSS practice
    ➡️ Planning for success in the coming year

    In this rebroadcast of our most popular product webinar, we will review the Branching Minds MTSS platform’s reporting functionality to help those overseeing MTSS better understand the fidelity of their practice and the impact they have had on student outcomes. 

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    Meet the Presenters

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    José Castillo, PhD, NCSP
    Associate Professor of School Psychology and Director of the Institute for School Reform, University of South Florida

    Dr. José Castillo, PhD, NCSP, graduated with a PhD in School Psychology from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2009. After graduating, he worked as a program evaluator for the Institute for School Reform at USF and as a school psychologist in the Pasco County School District in Florida.

    Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program at USF and as Director of the Institute for School Reform. Dr. Castillo facilitates training, technical assistance and support to school districts to help build capacity for their MTSS. His research interests include evaluating multi-tiered system of supports implementation through a systems change lens, and professional and practice issues in school psychology.

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    Brittany Shurley
    Director of Professional Services, Branching Minds

    Brittany has served students, educators, and leaders in various roles throughout her career, including as a classroom teacher, learning disabilities specialist, school-based leader, and district level administrator. Brittany has extensive experience in facilitating the implementation of MTSS at the district and school levels. She is passionate about ensuring teachers have the tools to promote safe, healthy, and engaging learning environments where students are experiencing success.

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    Meagan Gillcrist
    Educational Consultant, Branching Minds

    Having graduated with her B.A. (Old Dominion University) and M.A.Ed. (The College of William and Mary) degrees in the area of special education, Meagan has been a devoted advocate and secondary public school educator for 12+ years. Her work as an instructional coach and special education program director have allotted her the opportunity to understand the holistic needs of both students and teachers at a deeper systematic level. This knowledge has given Meagan extensive experience in seeking a more collaborative, equitable, and inclusive process at the school and district level through the implementation of MTSS. Her passion for this work is rooted in keeping great educators in education to support student growth and achievement far beyond the classroom walls. Meagan is based in Denver, CO.

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    Angela Plugge, EdD
    Director of Learning, Waverly School District 145

    Bio coming soon!


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    Melissa Shotts
    Account Executive, Branching Minds

    Prior to Branching Minds, Melissa was a teacher for 10 years including at an international school in Kunming, China. She served on her MTSS implementation district-wide leadership team for multiple years. At her school, she created and led a school-wide SEL program. Melissa is passionate about providing equitable educational opportunities for all students.

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    Emily-Rose Barry
    VP of Product, Branching Minds

    Emily-Rose has worked in Education Technology in roles overseeing Product and Customer Success for the past ten years. Before joining the world of agile software development, she taught reading and writing at every level from early childhood to college, administered special programs for an adult literacy nonprofit, and published short fiction and poetry as a freelance writer. She is a co-founder of ProductTank Buffalo, a local community for networking and professional development.

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    Lauren Van Gomple 
    Sr. Account Executive, Branching Minds

    Lauren's work focuses on building new partnerships to support districts as they seek to make MTSS efficient, equitable and collaborative for ALL students. Lauren holds two master's degrees in Special Education and Educational Psychology (school psychology specialist). As a former special education teacher and MTSS consultant, she has over 10 years of experience building systems for growth, training and coaching new teachers, and developing pathways for system-level change. Additionally, Lauren continues to support educators through her work as a University lecturer and supervisor for new teachers at St. Thomas and Bethel Universities. Lauren is passionate about supporting educators and districts as they focus on systematic change within Multi-Tier Systems of Supports.