Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year

The 2017-18 school year will be my fourth year serving as Curriculum Coach/MTSS chair for Altha School. My responsiblities vary day to day. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have in reference to meeting needs of struggling students. I will be glad to assist in any manner possible.  

For extra practice at home feel free to visit the webpages suggested on this page. The more you have your child practice at any skill the more successful s/he will become at it. 

I hope your child experiences success during this school year. By all of us working together it should make for a great year. 

What is MTSS?

The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) process is a three-tiered approach to providing quality instruction to meet the individual needs of all students. This model combines a standard system of assessment with high-quality instruction. Varying levels of interventions and services are designed for those students who are struggling. These levels are called tiers of instruction. The three tiers are on a continuum that is fluid, as the student’s level of need dictates the level of support. This movement relies on careful decision making that occurs through deliberate data collection and thoughtful analysis facilitated by a school team including the classroom teacher. Additionally, MTSS may also help schools identify students who are eligible for an exceptional student education program. However, it is important to note that the goal of the MTSS framework is to expand and implement instructional alternatives, settings, and support systems before exceptional education services are considered. The state of Florida adopts the definition of MTSS as the practice of (1) providing highquality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and (2) using learning rate over time and level of performance to (3) make important educational decisions to guide instruction (National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 2005). The MTSS model is a multi-tiered approach to providing high quality instruction and intervention matched to student needs, using learning rate over time and level of performance to inform instructional decisions. MTSS involves the systematic use of assessment data to most efficiently allocate resources in order to improve learning for all students. The essential components of MTSS include: ? Multiple tiers of evidence-based instruction service delivery. ? A problem-solving method designed to inform the development of interventions. ? An integrated data collection/assessment system to inform decisions at each tier of service delivery (Florida Problem Solving & Response to Intervention, 2008).

Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?

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Recommended websites

Starfall

Starfall is so easy to use, there are no complicated instructions. The website supports your child's exploration. Every word when tapped or clicked will read aloud enabling your child's speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary to grow alongside his or her curiosity.

MobyMax

MobyMax will be available for K-8 students during the 2015-16 school year. It will provide practice in both reading/language arts as well as math. 

Study Island

Study Island was designed to enhance item types to promote higher-order thinking and injuiry in all subject areas. Your child's classroom teacher will have to allow access to the individual tasks. 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

ABCya

ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web.