Westview High School – Ensuring All Students Are Known
The leadership team at Westview High School realized that for their Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS), it was critical that individual student’s unique strengths, interests, aspirations, needs, and family and community supports are recognized, so that effective decisions can be made to maximize students’ inclusion in the school.
Westview decided to employ an instructional teaming model at the Grade 9–10 levels within a schoolwide house structure to ensure that a team of adults could know individual students and be capable of making quality decisions about the whole group (all students), small groups (some students), and individual students. As the school moved to implement an MTSS system, it split the school into three houses (Red, Silver, and Blue) serving approximately 900 students each.
FROM THE DESK OF CARMEN GELMAN. SOMETHING I’VE LEARNED
“Over the past two years I have spent time in high schools up and down the west coast, as a consultant around college and career readiness. In my role I wear many hats, but working with students is what I enjoy most—listening to their voices, and asking them what they think is best for their education and the world they live in.”
NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS. BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE: TIME TO DISRUPT INEQUITY
“It’s time to be a disruptive peacemaker. In the classroom, that means being an anti-racist educator.
As educators, we should be laying the groundwork to build trust, understand foundational information and explicitly express anti-racist values from the first day of class so all students have the skills to grapple with these contradictions.”
WHAT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT THIS MONTH…
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