Scaling a Statewide Multi-Tiered System of Support Project through Intermediary Systems
Presenters: Steve Goodman, MiBLSi Project Director and Anna Harms, MiBLSi Evaluation and Research Coordinator
Target Audience/Level: Intermediate school district cabinet-level team and implementation support team
Target SPDG Audience: State-level implementers of MTSS projects, SPDG directors/evaluators
Description: Over the next 5 years, Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) is working to scale up multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) with 1600 schools and 320 school districts. To achieve this goal, the project will need to partner with Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) across the state who the support local districts and schools. This presentation highlights the scaling-up process and the tools used at the ISD level to create leadership and implementation support team structures with the focus on fidelity and durability of MTSS implementation. The tools are based on the work of State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP).
Scaling-Up Within a Statewide Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) (PPT, 3/2012) Goodman and Harms
Intermediate School District: Cabinet Level Meeting Notes for District Level Implementation (DOC, 3/2012)
Intermediate School District: Implementation Team Meeting Notes for District Level Implementation (DOC, 3/2012)
Action Research Tools for Developing a Continuous Improvement Process for Beginning Special Education Teachers
Presenter: Cynde Snider, Program Specialist, Division for Special Education Services and Supports,Georgia Department of Education
Target Audience /Leve: K-12 Educators (school-level), Induction Coaches and University Support Partners
Target SPDG Audience: Evaluators, Directors, SPDG Leadership Team Members
Description: This presentation highlights action research tools and processes developed by members of Georgia's SPDG Leadership Team for use by induction coaches and university partners as well as the beginning special education teachers with whom they work. The primary purpose of the induction pilot for beginning special education teachers is the retention of effective special education teachers. By utilizing specific tools and processes for action research to support second year teachers in the induction pilot, we intend to develop a mindset and a process of continuous improvement of teaching practices in our protégé teachers that is sustainable when intensive coaching is no longer available. In addition, the standardization of action research tools and processes allows action research to be implemented and replicated with fidelity.
Resources: Designed using Thinking Maps, this series of organizers was used by beginning special education teachers, with support from their coaches and university partners, to brainstorm, plan, design and record the results of action research they carried out in their individual classrooms. This process provides a framework for continuous improvement that is sustainable when the beginning teachers transition out of the induction program and no longer have access to regular weekly direct coaching.
All are DOCs, 2012:
Action Research Cycle for Induction
Four Circle Maps: Brainstorming
One Circle Map: Brainstorming
Tree Map: The Big Four and Class Keys
Formalizing Desired Outcomes
Getting Started with Action Research Flow Map
Action Research Example
Formalizing the Action Research Hypothesis
Action Research Summary Template
Brainstorming Possible Strategies to Achieve Desired Outcomes Blank Template
Data Tracking and Usability
Presenters: Pat Mueller, New Hampshire Evaluator; Brent Garrett, New Hampshire Evaluator; and Amy Jenks, New Hampshire SPDG Coordinator
Target Audience/Level: SPDG Project Leadership and Evaluators
Target SPDG Audience: Directors/Evaluators
Description: What happens with all the data that you collect? Ever feel like it’s not used much because there’s too much or it’s not easily accessible?
The presentation provides an update on the methods and data tracking systems employed by New Hampshire’s SPDG Leadership Team and evaluators to capture the extent to which the intervention is being implemented with fidelity. The goal of the NH RESPONDS initiative is to develop and implement a multi-tiered literacy and behavior support program that will result in improved student outcomes in five NH demonstration school districts.
As the project ended its 4th year, it became apparent that various types of data were collected (e.g., professional development satisfaction and implementation data; student progress monitoring data utilizing a number of literacy and behavior assessments; student outcome data measured by state, norm-referenced assessments). The project Evaluation Workgroup developed a data-tracking system to ensure that pertinent data were collected and summarized in usable formats. The system has been valuable in: 1) identifying gaps in PD and TA delivery; 2) pinpointing missing data by some demo sites; 3) giving schools/districts actionable student level performance data to inform appropriate programming across the 3 tiers; and 4) providing the RESPONDS leadership with a bird’s eye view of the entire program to inform the decision-making process.
Data Tracking and Usability (NH RESPONDS) (PPT)
NH RESPONDS Assessment Instruments/Tools (DOC)
NH RESPONDS School Summary of RtI Implementation (blank form) (DOC)
NH RESPONDS School Summary of RtI Implementation (completed sample) (DOC)
Louisiana SPDG Partnering with People First of Louisiana
Presenters: Melanie Lemoine, Louisiana SPDG Co-Director and Monica Ballay, Louisiana SPDG Evaluator
Target Audience/Level: All levels
Target SPDG Audience: Directors and Project Personnel
Description: This poster session highlights the partnership between People First of Louisiana and the Louisiana SPDG. Staff from People First of Louisiana serve as members of Louisiana SPDG Advisory Team and work directly with the LEAs and families. Resources created by People First and in collaboration with People First of Louisiana will be shared (People First Pledge, Webinars, tools for schools, etc.).
Resources (all PDF, 2012):
People First Chart – Examples of People First Language
People First Pledge – Pledge to use People First Language
Donna Spear Speaker Spotlight – People First Mentor story
Wallace Johnson –- People First Mentor story
PF Brochure – Brochure from the Louisiana People First Organization
Pennsylvania's ParaprofessionalTaining Initiative: From Pilots to Statewide Scale up and Implementation
Presenters: Shatarupa Podder, Pennsylvania's Project Director and Janet Sloand, Pennsylvania's Project Coordinator
Target Audience/Level: LEA Administrators, Paraprofessionals
Target SPDG Audience: Directors, Evaluators and OSEP Staff
Description: This poster session showcases the work that Pennsylvania has accomplished in changing the culture of professional development for paraprofessionals over the last three SIGs/SPDGs. Based on the Stages of Community Readiness and the Conceptual Framework of Implementation, Pennsylvania has shifted from a state where there were no recognized standards for paraprofessionals' qualifications to statewide regulations and measurable standards. Concrete products demonstrated include online training modules, the Pennsylvania Credential of Competency, statewide training plan and mini-grants to foster IHE pre-service curriculum alignment to state requirements.
Initiative Links and Resources:
Pennsylvania’s Paraprofessional Training InitiativeFrom Pilots to Statewide Scale-Up and Implementation (PPT, 3/2012)
Pennsylvania Special Education Paraprofessional Initiative Website
Pennsylvania Credential of Competency Checklist
Ten Online Modules: Knowledge and Skill Development for Special Education Paraprofessionals in Pennsylvania
Resources and Training Materials for Professional Development
Pennsylvania Special Education Paraprofessional Publications
If you experience issues with the URLs above, visit the PaTTAN website at www.pattan.net and choose paraprofessionals from the drop down menu under "Educational Initiatives" on the main page.
Using Data for Student Success: Schools Use of Academic and Behavioral Data Systems in a Problem-Solving Model
Presenters: Devin Healey, Utah SPDG Staff and Jeri Rigby, Utah Personnel Development Center
Target Audience/Level: State, District, School-Level MTSS Implementers
Target SPDG Audience: Evaluators and Project Directors
Description: ABC-UBI is Utah's SPDG-funded project focused on supporting schools' implementation of best practices in academics and behavior in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports model. This session focuses on the project's emphasis on data and how these data have been used at the site and state-level to drive decision-making. Focusing on the use of specific data managements systems and tools.
Using Data for Student Success: Schools’ Use of Academic & Behavioral Data Systems in a Problem Solving Model (PDF, Utah, 3/2012)
Did it Stick? Evaluating professional development for new teachers by examining skill acquisition and generalization of vital teaching behaviors to the classroom.
Presenter: Glenn Dyke, Utah Personnel Development Center
Target Audience/Level: Induction Specialists, New Special Education Teachers and Instructional Coaches
Target SPDG Audience: Evaluators and Project Directors
Description: Running Start is a special education new teacher induction program designed to prepare licensed and unlicensed special education teachers to teach on the first day of school. This session provides an overview of Running Start with an emphasis on the evaluation activities and outcomes associated with Running Start and the generalization of vital teaching behaviors to the classroom. Additional emphasis will be placed on the role of micro-teaching, coaching and on-going performance feedback as critical attributes of sticky professional development.
Overview of Running Start and Evaluation Activities (PDF, 3/2012)
Running Start Coaches Checklist (PDF, 3/2012)
Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) Website
Presenters: Peg Deibel, Helen Flowers, Candi Hazelwood and Becky Reese - SPDG/Ohio Improvement Process Quadrant Leaders
Target Audience/Level: All levels of state, regional and district personnel and/or collaborative teams
Target SPDG Audience: All levels of SPDG state, regional and district personnel and/or collaborative teams
Description: The SPDG/Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) poster presentation focuses on the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC). OLAC's six-pillared Ohio Leadership Development Framework provided the tenets on which the OIP was developed, as well as all components of the website (www.ohioleadership.org). This dynamic tool currently provides, among other resources, the following: a self-assessment tool for individuals and collaborative teams, a Facilitation Toolkit, 17 research-based training modules, Module User's Guide and a Module Crosswalk aligning the OIP, Race to the Top and SIG. In addition, seven additional modules will be added, including one supporting Teacher Based Teams and one training module for each stage of the OIP. This website serves as Ohio's leadership and continuous improvement tool for all school districts and community schools statewide, as well as providing higher education course curriculum for both education pre-service and graduate levels. In short, the site will sustain the past 5 years' extensive professional development on effective leadership at all levels.
Resources (all PDF):
OHIO 5-STEP TBT PROCESS INVENTORY AND FACILITATION NEXT STEPS
Teacher Based Team Checklist
Teacher Based Team Cogs
Decision Framework Flow Chart
Teacher Based Teams 5 steps Template
Building Leadership Team (BLT) Effectiveness Survey
Teacher Based Teams (TBT) Conditions Inventory & Facilitation Next Steps
Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) Implementation Criteria & Rubric
Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) Graphic
(OIP) Systems, Structures and Suppports
District Leadership Team (DLT) Effectiveness Survey
How State Data Tells a Story
Presenters: David Merves and Jen Huisken LaPointe, Michigan Data Analysis Work Group members; Teri L. Johnson, Michigan Department of Education
Target Audience/Level: All
Target SPDG Audience: Directors, Project Personnel and Evaluators
Description: This poster session highlight sMichigan’s Office of Special Education Data Analysis Work Group in support of their Mandated Activities Programs (MAPS). This discussion will concentrate on making data accessible and useful in the statewide special education platform for synergistic decision-making and needs-driven resource allocation.
How Data Tells a Story (PDF)
Sustainability Tools for a Multi-Tiered School-Wide Adolescent Literacy Initiative
Presenter: Tom Manthey, SPDG Director, Virginia
Target Audience/Level: School, District, State Personnel and SPDG Contractors
Target SPDG Audience: Evaluators and Project Directors
Description: The presentation highlights the methods and instrumentation employed by Virginia’s SPDG implementation team to ensure the tiered adolescent literacy model, Content Literacy Continuum (CLC), is sustained with a high level of fidelity. The primary outcome of the Virginia's CLC initiative is to sustain a multi-tiered literacy program which results in improved student outcomes in 6 demonstration school divisions across Virginia. The intent is for the demonstration schools to have a highly developed integrated 5-tier system of literacy support that is sustained into the future after outside funding and support has faded.
How to Sustain Tool VA's Content Literacy Continuum tiered adolescent literacy model (DOC, 3/2012)
CLC Resources for Sustainabilitiy Table - Virginia's CLC-tiered adolescent literacy model (DOC, 3/2012)
The CLC Literacy Leadership Team: Leading a School-wide Literacy Iniative (DOC, 3/2012) This descrbes the purpose, goals, roles and responsibilties of the team members.
RtI Fidelity of Implementation Rubrics
Presenters: Daphne Pereles, Colorado SPDG Project Director and Dan Jorgensen, Colorado SPDG Evaluator
Target Audience/Level: RtI Project Staff, Evaluators and SPDG Directors
Target SPDG Audience: Implementers, Directors, State Support Personnel
Description: The presentation provides an overview of tools utilized by Colorado's SPDG Leadership Team, Technical Assistance Coordinators and participating school sites to generate dialogue concerning RtI fidelity of implementation at the classroom, school and district levels.
Colorado RtI Fidelity of Implementation Rubrics (PPT, 3/2012)
Rti Implementation Rubrics Guidebook (PDF, 11/2010)
RTI Implementation Rubrics Training (PDF, 1/2011)
RTI Implementation Rubric School-Level (PDF)
Maryland Learning Links
Presenters: Sharon West, Maryland SPDG Project Co-Coordinator; and Lisa Joseph, Maryland SPDG Project Co-Coordinator
Target Audience/Level: Educators, Families, Family Providers, Students, School Administrators, Practitioners
Target SPDG Audience: Educators, Evaluators, Directors, Project Personnel
Description: The presentation highlights Maryland Learning Links (MLL). The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, has launched a website which offers dynamic online resources and tools to strengthen the instructional and educational services provided to children with disabilities and their educators, families, and family support providers. The primary outcome of MLL is to discover and explore the wide range of resources available related to special education and early intervention services in the State of Maryland.
Resources (all DOCs):
Learning Links Fact Sheet
Learning Links Login Instructions
20 Things To Do on Maryland Learning Links
Match Up Tool Exploratory Activity
UDL Interactive Activity
Methods and instrumentation used by the Georgia SPDG staff and school personnel to assure implementation fidelity and impact of scientifically based practices to reduce dropout and increase academic success.
Presenters: Julia Causey, Georgia SPDG Project Director and Judy and Howard Schrag, Georgia Evaluators
Target Audience/Level: Third Party Evaluators, State Department of Education Personnel, Regional Coaches, School-based Teams and School Administrators
Target SPDG Audience: Evaluators and Directors
The Georgia SPDG goals and objectives are being carried out within the content of the Georgia Secondary Redesign Initiative using the Georgia Student Achievement Pyramid of Interventions (GPI). A total of 142 Cohort l, 2, and 3 schools across the state are implementing scientifically based interventions to reduce dropout and increase academic success for students with disabilities and other students who are at-risk. Priority Improvement Areas and selected interventions are part of school-based Action Plans that are being implemented by school-based teams. This presentation highlights the methods and instrumentation being used by the Georgia State Department of Education, regional coaches and school-based teams to ensure fidelity of implementation of school Action Plans. These methods include annual outcome assessment of baseline vs. current year data on selected academic and behavioral data probes, as well as progress monitoring of targeted students in each Cohort school with a GraduateFIRST Assessment Tool developed for the SPDG to monitor student progress in the areas of increased attendance, reduction of in-school suspension and course completion.
Spotlight Brief: GraduateFirst (PDF, 2/2012)
Out of the Box Thinking: Resources for IHE Faculty and Students in an Online Environment
Presenters: Beverly Downing, Kentucky SPDG Project Director and Renee Scott, Kentucky SPDG Project Coordinator
Target Audience/Level: IHE Faculty, K-12 Educators, School Level
Target SPDG Audience: Directors and Project Personnel working with teacher recruitment and retention initiatives
Description: Serving students in an online environment does not happen without challenges. For many colleges and universities, the challenge of providing tools and resources for their online students that are comparable with those that are provided for campus-based students is difficult in these days of ever shrinking budgets. Yet, accrediting agencies require that institutions of higher education offering programs in an online environment provide and support students and faculty with access and user privileges to library collections and other learning/information resources consistent with the degree offered.
Kentucky State University has offered a totally online Master of Arts in Special Education Program for seven years. The University has expanded its resources for students and faculty significantly during this period and continues to streamline and innovate while providing high-quality tools and resources for its faculty and students. From Apps to Zoomerang, the possibilities are endless in the online environment.
This marketplace session provides numerous ideas, suggestions, and information about low-cost, high-quality resources and thinking to assist others who struggle with providing access to evidence-based professional development resources in these fiscally tight times.
Out of the Box Thinking: Resources for IHE Faculty and Students in an Online Environment (PPT, Kentucky SPDG, March, 2012)
Out of the Box Thinking: Resources for IHE Faculty and Students in an Online Environment (PPTx, Kentucky SPDG, March, 2012)
Measuring School-wide Implementation of Academic and Behavior Supports
Presenters: Amy Gaumer Erickson, Pattie Noonan, Ronda Jenson and Pam Williams, Missouri SPDG
Target Audience/Level: All school staff in elementary, middle, and high schools
Target SPDG Audience: Evaluators and Directors
Description: This presentation describes methods for determining the fidelity of implementation in multi-tiered models across school levels. Highlighting a short online survey that is beneficial for obtaining the level of implementation across all school staff. Results have been used by evaluators and project management to identify professional development/coaching needs, as well as by school leadership teams to target areas for action planning. This cost-effective measure has the potential to provide accurate and reliable data across multiple RTI, PBS and integrated models.
MIM Implementation Matrix (PDF) This matrix, based on essential features of school improvement, is used to support teams in interpreting multiple sources of data and identifying areas of focus for action planning.
School Implementation Scale (PDF) This evidence-based online survey measures the implementation of key components within multi-tiered models of support school-wide (across all school staff). The measure shows strong validity and reliability and has proven to be beneficial in data-based decision-making for schools, districts, and professional development providers.