Clear communication and understanding for all stakeholders is a key component when implementing or improving a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). In this panel webinar, Dr. Essie Sutton will moderate a discussion with district and school leaders on how they ensure that all stakeholders have a common understanding of MTSS in order to maintain MTSS fidelity.
This webinar will target school and district leaders, but is open to all educators looking to learn more about MTSS and communication.
In this webinar, participants will:
Laurel Dickson is the Director of MTSS in Richardson ISD. In 2019 she led district teams through a year-long process of researching and creating a framework for a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support that would clearly identify and provide guidance for supporting all students and staff. Richardson partnered with Branching Minds in 2020 to further enhance this framework and to assist with the district’s vision that every student connects, learns, grows, and succeeds.
Prior to leading the work of Multi Tiered Systems of Support, Laurel was a Section 504 Specialist, a campus RtI coordinator and behavior specialist, and spent nineteen years as a classroom teacher of English Language Arts and Reading. She was named a campus teacher of the year and Region 10 Texas Middle School Association’s teacher of the year. Laurel is a graduate of Tarleton State University and Southern Methodist University.
Serving in education for over 17 years, Kristal Floyd is currently the MTSS Director in Pampa ISD in Texas. She received her Master of Educational Leadership from Abilene Christian University, and her experience in education is expansive, including as a Special Education Teacher K-12, Special Education Instructional Coach, Elementary Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, and an Elementary Principal.
After serving as a Special Education Teacher, Kristal’s passion is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive interventions, and that teachers use data to help drive their academic needs. Until Branching Minds, Kristal’s team did not have a clear system to support their students and teachers through the MTSS process. Branching Minds has effectively and efficiently helped them provide the system to support their student needs in building a path for academic success for all.
Trudy BenderTrudy Bender is the MTSS Marketing Content Manager at Branching Minds. She previously served as the Coordinator of District Behavior Intervention at Waco ISD, where she facilitated the implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports for behavior along with initiatives to improve school climate and to build teacher capacity in classroom management through peer coaching. She is passionate about helping teachers and administrators to develop a positive, restorative, instructional approach to behavior that reduces disproportionality in discipline while improving social-emotional and academic outcomes for all students. Trudy holds an Ed.S. in School Psychology from Baylor University.
Dr. Essie Sutton
Essie Sutton is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and the Director of Learning Science at Branching Minds. Her work brings together the fields of Child Development and Education Psychology to improve learning and development for all students. Dr. Sutton is responsible for studying the impacts of the Branching Minds on students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes. She also leverages MTSS research and best practices to develop and improve the Branching Minds platform.