Welcome to the Office of the
Mary A. Czajkowski, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
Phone: 508-862-4953Fax: 508-790-6454
BARNSTABLE LAUNCHES MTSS
What is MTSS? A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. The integrated instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student need. “Need-driven” decision-making seeks to ensure that district resources reach the appropriate students at the appropriate levels to accelerate the performance of ALL students to achieve and/or exceed proficiency.
The academic and non-academic core components of MTSS are:
· high-quality core curriculum and instruction implemented with fidelity
· research-based academic interventions and assessment practices
· research-based behavioral interventions and supports
· universal screening and progress-monitoring
· collaboration and communication between educators and parents
Dr. Jane Jezard, Director of Special Education, applied for and Barnstable received over $200,000 worth of professional development for teachers and leaders, mentoring for principals, and strategic consulting services funded by the Tower Foundation. The District MTSS Team, School-based MTSS Teams, the BPS Leadership Team, and Staff have been working with a consultant since September. Principals are focusing on a student-centered schedule which allows for 90 minute blocks of reading and math in the elementary schools.
A comprehensive intervention support system allows teachers and administrators to identify students early so they can provide them appropriate research-based interventions to help them succeed. The FY’16 Budget reflects an addition of 4.4 FTEs that allow teachers at the elementary level common planning time, special subject area common time, to utilize student data, and address individual student needs.
Why MTSS? According to Judy Elliott, Chief Academic Officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District and Advisory Council member for RTI Action Network, “a Multi-Tiered Framework systematically guides the development of a well-integrated and seamless system of instruction, intervention and support in the areas of academics, behavior, social-emotional, and attendance that is matched to student need and directed by student outcome data from multiple measures.”
Barnstable Public Schools is invested in a plan for improving student outcomes
through full implementation of MTSS.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM School Committee Meeting: Town Hall - Hearing Room