TEACHING LITERACY EVERY PERIOD, EVERY DAY
In 2015, Valley High School’s academic outcome data showed that students needed explicit support and practice developing the literacy skills necessary to be successful in postsecondary opportunities without remediation. Valley had been the lowest performing high school in the county for several years in a row, and had a reputation as a school with a multitude of discipline problems and low academic rigor.
The need from both Valley staff and students was clear: Students at Valley required specific, deliberate instruction in disciplinary language development. Yet, as the staff had reported, both anecdotally and in surveys, they felt ill-equipped to support language and literacy development. Principal Dave Richey recognized that getting momentum and providing support for ALL teachers across the curriculum was a task too large for one individual, so to fill in the gap he put together a team of teachers to lead the work.
EXCITING NEWS ON OUR CALENDAR. ALL MEANS ALL AT THE 2017 MTSS PLI
We are excited and honored that a few of our ESP team members are currently in Costa Mesa, California, speaking at the 2017 National MTSS Professional Learning Institute, which started today. The 2017 MTSS PLI is an action-packed conference focused on the latest research-based practices that can help schools, districts, and educators scale up their multi-tiered systems of support. Matt Coleman, Carmen Gelman, and Brandi Kujala-Peterson will get to speak, present, and learn alongside internationally acclaimed speakers, and hundreds of inspiring, dedicated, education experts! We’re excited to share all that we learn!
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD. USING INSTRUCTIONAL TEAMING TO KNOW STUDENTS
Over the past year, as the leadership team at South Junior High in the Anaheim Union High School District worked on MTSS implementation, they realized how challenging it is for large schools to know the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of each and every student that walks through the doors. The South leadership team has partnered with Epic School Partnerships (ESP) for the past year, during which time, ESP’s Executive Director, Matt Coleman, has shared examples of how schools he has worked in/with have implemented instructional teams.
WHAT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT THIS MONTH…
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