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Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students

Foreword by Wayne Sailor



144 pages | Corwin
Ensure that Every Child Achieves Academic and Social Success 

An equity-based multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) helps school teams engage all students across the full range of learning needs. MTSS ensures that the vision of equity for every student is achieved, with high expectations and quality instruction, while not straining a school’s budget or personnel. 

Amy McCart and Dawn Miller seek to transform education so that it benefits educators, students, their families, and ultimately the communities in which they live. The authors do this by providing tools and methods to implement equity-based MTSS to improve academic, behavior and social outcomes for all students. This strategy-filled book teaches you how to
Engage all students in learning through an equity-based approach 
Analyze and utilize your resources
Apply strengths- and evidence-based principles for implementation
Incorporate effective tools to systematize MTSS

Authentic examples across multiple grade levels and subjects contextualize the proven method presented in this book. The authors draw on their experience as SWIFT Education Center professional developers to guide you into creating an MTSS tailored to be effective for your student body. 
 
 
Foreword by Wayne Sailor
 
Preface
 
Introduction: Equipping You for the Journey to Effective MTSS
What Do We Mean by Equity-Based MTSS?  
Constructing Your MTSS  
What is Your Analogy for Equity-Based MTSS?  
Why Do You (Yes, You) Want to Do MTSS?  
How to “Do” MTSS in Your School  
 
Chapter 1: Foundations of MTSS
A Foundational Framework for Teaching and Learning  
Foundational Transformation in Action Practices  
Your Local Resources Are Foundational Too  
What Is Resource Mapping and Why Do It?  
How to Do Resource Mapping  
 
Chapter 2: Structuring Your MTSS
What is a Tiered Instruction Matrix and Why Do It?  
How to Create a Tiered Instruction Matrix  
Matrix Part 1: Universal Support  
Matrix Part 2: Universal Screening  
Matrix Part 3: Instruction and Support  
Matrix Part 4: Progress Monitoring  
 
Chapter 3: Engineering Your MTSS
Revisit What and Why  
How to Do a MTSS Master Schedule  
 
Chapter 4: Making It Your Own MTSS
Resource Matching  
Data Routines  
Organizing Your Data  
Processing Your Data  
Acting On Your Data  
Continuously Improving Your MTSS  
 
Conclusion: Equity-based MTSS—A Reality!
 
References
 
Appendix: Blank Forms

"Amy McCart and Dawn Miller lay out a multi-system of schoolwide support that will transform our educational systems. Their vision, backed with  research, provides a new mindset and framework so that we can reach our goal of fully educating each and every student within our resources."

Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students
Holly Leach, Superintendent
Northshore Christian Academy, WA

"Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students does an excellent job of presenting guidance that is not only relevant, but also very focused and practical.  Written in a user-friendly manner, it encourages and promotes teams to engage in educating and helping all students, providing a clear model of how to initiate a dialogue about equity and incorporate MTSS into schools."

Debbee Garcia, Middle School Principal
Secrist Middle School, AZ

"The implementation of MTSS seems daunting to many, but this book is a valuable resource that will demystify and empower staff to engage in the development process. By using clear examples of districts and schools that implemented MTSS in a cost-effective manner, the authors provide a great service to the reader and the educational community." 

Dr. Chris Hubbuch, Director of Secondary Education
St. Joseph School District, MO

"The authors provide clear steps that a school may take to implement MTSS with an equity focus, along with with tools that can be used to keep students in a classroom with a general education curriculum. The result is a guide that is both practical and useful."

Ronda Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
University of Illinois at Springfield

"This book provides tools to ease a burden that plagues many schools with large numbers of students needing services while having limited resources. This is especially beneficial to guide schools through the inventory and planning process of implementing MTSS, which can seem like an insurmountable task when numbers are large."

Charlotte LaHaye, Curriculum Coordinator
Schools of the Sacred Heart, LA

Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students provides clear guidance to school leaders for the creation of a solid Multi-Tiered System of Support that meets the needs of all students. The conversational tone makes it easy to read, and it contains immediately actionable steps for schools to take. Whether a team needs to refine their existing system or create one from the ground up, this book has it covered."

Shelby West, Instructional Coach and Intervention Lead Teacher
Lucia Mar Unified School District, CA

"Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students provides practical, realistic guidance to school districts that do not already have an MTSS plan in place. It provides critical tools that can be used to engineer the MTSS process system in any school."

Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students
Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students
Melissa Pardue, Lead Teacher
Pascagoula-Gautier School District, MS

"Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students provides a missing gap in the MTSS field. By exploring the 'how' and 'who' of implementation, the authors provide useful guidance for administration and teachers/leaders seeking to implement and strengthen MTSS in their schools."

Sherry Annee, High School Science Teacher
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, IN

"While other books and thinking in the field are based more on a medical model of labeling students and working with them separately from the rest of the students, Amy McCart and Dawn Miller's book is strength-based, equity-based, and includes all students. It uses practical assessments and tools to guide the development and implementation of MTSS."

Jane Kerschner, Educator
ICF (International Coach Federation)

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ISBN: 9781544372853