Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports
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Ongoing Hot Issues
Analysis briefs delineating ongoing issues relevant to MH in schools and addressing barriers to learning and teaching
Test Scores Plateauing? Here’s What’s Missing in School Improvement Efforts
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MTSS: Strengths and Weaknesses
ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) stresses a devolution of power to states and districts. How is that power being used to enhance how schools address barriers to learning and teaching?
One trend has been a widespread adoption by states/districts/schools of some form of multitiered system of support (usually referred to as MTSS, although some places are using other acronyms). This is not surprising given this framework's emphasis in federal legislation.
In ESSA, for example, a schoolwide tiered model (also referred to as a multitier system of supports) is referenced for preventing and addressing behavior problems. The tiered model is defined as "a comprehensive continuum of evidence‑based, systemic practices to support a rapid response to students' needs, with regular observation to facilitate data based instructional decision making."
The tiered model (including use of early intervening services) and specific approaches such as positive behavioral intervention and supports are presented as strategies for enabling children with disabilities and English learners to meet challenging state academic standards and are to be coordinated with similar activities and services carried out under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Our Center has sent out inquiries about how school districts, state departments of education, and leadership organizations are pursuing the opportunity to transform the way schools address barriers to learning and teaching and re‑engage disconnected students. In that context, we also have been seeking and receiving responses about the strengths and weaknesses of MTSS (Multi Tiered System of Support) as a framework for improving student/learning supports.
For a summary of concerns and a sample of comments from the field, go to http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/equityresps.pdf .
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Previous Hot Topics:
EQUITY -- Which Schools are Taking Equity Seriously?
Why is there so little attention in ESSA planning
with respect to transforming student and learning supports?
Don’t Grade Schools on Grit
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child – The Implementation Problem
About Integrating Student and Learning Supports: Integrating is Not the Main Point
ESEA & Transforming Student and Learning Supports
About the Value of Student and Learning Supports
Common Core State Standards and Learning Supports
Making Analyses of How Well SEA, LEA, and School Websites Present Learning Supports
CHALLENGE FOR 2012: Expanding the 2012 School Improvement Agenda to Encompass Development of a Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports
Education Blueprints for School Improvement, Addressing Barriers to Learning, a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports: It's About Much More than Full Service Community Schools and Wraparound Services
Predictions about the ESEA reauthorization
Moving Beyond the Three Tier Intervention Pyramid
The Tucson Tragedy: Identifying and Responding to Troubled and Troubling Students
The Changing Role of Student Support Staff: A Sample of School Social Worker Responses
How Good is the Federal Blueprint and Roadmap for Turning Schools Around?
Preparing Everyone for College: What are the Implications?
What is a School's Role in Addressing the Impact of Poverty?
Budget Cuts Threaten Student/Learning Supports
Security Measures at Schools: Mental Health Considerations
Response to Intervention
Using "Down-Time" to Plan Better Ways to Address Psychosocial-Educational and Mental Health Concerns at School
Reducing School Attendance Problems
Prescription Drugs Abuse Among Youth
Countering the Over-pathologizing of Students' Feelings & Behavior
Addressing School Adjustment Problems
Addressing Barriers to Learning and Closing the Achievement Gap: New Directions for Student Support
Homework as a Mental Health Concern
Opening the classroom door
Student Retention or Social Promotion: What's Appropriate?
Re-engaging Students in Classroom Learning
Bullying: A Major Barrier to Student Learning
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