Given the positive relationship between school climate and academic achievement, take deliberate steps to create a positive school climate. • Use a needs assessment to develop school climate/discipline goals. • Collect and use multiple forms of data to track progress toward the goals and propel continuous improvement. • Establish formal structures to support the management, monitoring, and use of this data.
What’s Your Plan? Accurate Decision Making within a Multi-Tier System of Supports: Critical Areas in Tier 1 addresses the complexity of MTSS decision-making, identifies critical decision points within Tier 1 at the building level, and provides practical tips and useful tools to improve decision-making throughout the implementation process.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
One guideline for MTSS implementation is having approximately 80% of the students reach the benchmark criteria established by the screening tool. If the percentage is significantly lower than 80%, buildings should intensify their focus on improving Tier 1 instruction for two reasons: 1) buildings do not have the resources to intervene with a large percentage of students and 2) you cannot “intervene” your way out of core instruction that is not effective. Given these limitations, it is critical for teams to choose reliable and valid criteria for screening.
Wass Elementary in Troy, Michigan is a public school with synergy! Their principal, Matt Jansen, has lead this incredible staff through the school improvment process in an effective, engaging way by braiding three well-known frameworks to meet their three overarching academic goals.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
No need to wrestle with the idea of school-wide reward systems. Attach acknowledgement to your character education and let the kids do the work!
Continuing the efforts of the Federal Supportive School Discipline Initiative, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education are hosting a Supportive School Discipline (SSD) Webinar Series. The Series is designed to increase awareness and understanding of school disciplinary practices that push youth out of school and many times into the justice system, and provide practical examples of alternative approaches that maintain school safety while ensuring academic engagement and success for all students.
2014 webinars are taking an indepth look at the School Climate & School Discipline: A Guidance Package
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ED and DOJ released in January 2014. As each webinar is scheduled, they will be posted here. Also, in 2013, the webinar series featured seven events on key school discipline issues. To access archived recordings and slides from those events in the series, click on the titles below. Additional information on the Series is also below,
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