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2019 SPDG National Meeting Breakout 15+15 Session 1

15 + 15
SPDG Caffeine from the Field
Served with Half and Half

Session 1

State-Level Recognition System for MTSS

This presentation will describe Michigan's current systems for recognizing schools, districts, and intermediate school districts for promising MTSS implementation and impacts on students. Participants will learn about the criteria used, automatize process for identifying sites through the project data system, and iterative progressions of the recognition system.

Presenter:             Anna Harms, PhD, Evaluation & Research Coordinator, Michigan
                              Cheyne LeVesseur, PhD, Evaluation & Research Specialist, Michigan
                              Julie Morrison, PhD, External Evaluator, Michigan

System Level:    State

From Dissenters to Designers: Empowering project staff through virtual workgroups

Our project evaluation team designed and generated reports for district coaches to use when helping school districts design professional development plans. Almost immediately, the evaluation team fielded complaints from district coaches about shortcomings of these reports. In response, realizing our failure to incorporate the needs of those who were using the reports into design, we invited the dissenting voices to a virtual workgroup, where we promised to listen and collaborate on the design of a revised report.   Over the course of several virtual workgroup meetings, the evaluation team came to understand how the reports were being used and perceived both by project staff and district personnel. As a result, those who used the reports most became the designers. The virtual workgroup resulted in more impactful project tools and productive relationships. During the presentation, we will share our story and a list of tangible strategies to use with your own project.

Presenter:             Sarah Marten, PhD, Project Specialist, Missouri
                              Jason Torres Altman, MA, Evaluator, Missouri

System Level:    State

Progress Monitoring of Mental Health & Behavioral Interventions

To promote cross-system collaboration and data-based decision making between schools and community mental health centers, the Kansas School Mental Health Initiative developed and is piloting an Excel file intervention monitoring template. Join us to discuss the process for garnering input into tool development, features that School Leadership Teams are finding eye-opening, and strategies for accessing and using aggregated data within SPDG annual reporting.

Presenter:          Cherie Blanchat, LSCSW, Kansas School Mental Health Initiative Project Coordinator
                            Amy Gaumer Erickson, Ph.D., Kansas SPDG Evaluator

System Level:    Building, District, Regional

Partnerships for Literacy: Family engagement and literacy

Partnerships for Literacy is a systems intervention that schools implement to boost their students early literacy outcomes. It was developed by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center.  The intended result is improved home and school supports for early language and literacy development for young children through:  the implementation of a locally developed plan, aligned with the schools reading plan and linking to community resources, a sustainable, representative, family-teacher team that is linked to the schools building leadership team and focused on the needs of all families through family and community engagement practices, and teachers who practice more effective family engagement. All of Ohios State Support Team offices have at least 1 coach trained to support Partnerships for Literacy in Ohio schools. Materials are available in Spanish, Chinese, Somali, and Arabic, so that a representative set of families can participate on Partnerships for Literacy teams.

Presenter:          Barbara Boone, Ph.D., Family Engagement Leader, Ohio

System Level:    Building

Tracking Data Collection: The Impact of Color and Frequent Review

When submission of data in a timely manner is crucial, a regularly shared and colorful tracking system can help keep data collectors, as well as senior grant staff, apprised of both short term and long-term gaps in receipt of data. This system has triggered problem solving discussions leading to a constantly improving data collection system. Presenters will share several tools including 1) a timeline for data collection, 2) a colorful tracking spreadsheet viewed at monthly meetings where coaches report on their activities at supported districts and sites, and 3) a district/site-specific data alert sheet.   

Presenter:          Cheryl Huffman, MEd, External Evaluator, OK
                             Presentation Slides
                            Barbara Kurey, MEd, External Evaluator Associate, OK
                            Bethan Langlois, MEd, SPDG Coordinator, OK

System Level:    State

Clarifying the Role & Responsibilities of the Check & Connect Coordinator

The Coordinator is a critical role within the Check & Connect (C&C) intervention, however there is limited documentation and guidance available pertaining to this role. Having clearly articulated performance expectations is vital to a position and when an individual in that position has this understanding, success and fidelity outcomes are increased. This session will provide participants with a tool created by the FL SPDG that will help their staff understand the C&C Coordinator's specific roles and responsibilities surrounding the four non-negotiables of C&C. Closely aligned with the National Mentor Practice Profile, the Coordinator Practice Profile assists Coordinators in understanding what is expected of them. In addition, the tool identifies the support, coaching, guidance, and technical assistance they may need to achieve program success and fidelity. Additional resources for development of the coordinator role will be shared including training agenda, content and toolbox.

Presenter:          Elaine Miller, FL C&C Project Director
                            Greg Gillman, FL C&C Project Facilitator
                            Sheila Ward, FL C&C Project Facilitator

System Level:    State

Examples of IRIS Use in States/Districts

The IRIS Center produces free, engaging, online instructional resources of varying "grain sizes" on many educational topics. These resources can be used independently or paired and bundled to provide broader or deeper coverage of key topics. This session will give examples of how IRIS has collaborated with SEAs and LEAs to infuse IRIS resources within their professional learning systems.

Presenter:           Naomi Tyler, Director, IRIS Center
                            Tanya Collins, Technical Assistance Coordinator, IRIS Center

System Level:    State, District, Building
Resources:         Powerful Resources
                             IEP Modules Spotlight
                             Fundamental Skill Sheets                             

Family-focused eLearning Literacy Resources

Learn about NCIL’s collection of Ask & Answer mini-modules and eLearning tutorials for parents and caregivers.  The Ask & Answer mini-modules answer common questions families often ask about key literacy terms while the eLearning tutorials provide families with evidence-based information, strategies, tips, and activities to help PreK-grade 12 children develop as readers, all in an interactive experience.

Presenter:            Sarah Sayko, Deputy Director, National Center for Improving Literacy

System Level:    State, Regional, District, Building

Research-Based Early Reading MTSS: Transitioning School Stakeholders from Planning to Action

This session will focus on a District Implementation Map and action planning tools that are used in New Jersey to guide MTSS in early reading and hold stakeholders accountable.  Use of specific procedures for maintaining improvements in system structures, assessment planning, master scheduling, and direct and explicit reading instruction will be described

Presenter:          Todd A. Glover, PhD & Cynthia Mackowicz, M.Ed., Rutgers University
                            Jessica Hammond, Ed.D., New Jersey Department of Education

System Level:    State (University Partner)