Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Common Core Standards have raised the bar in education within Pennsylvania and across the nation. Elementary curriculum is aligned with PA Core/Common Core and what that means for students and teachers is a more rigorous curriculum. For example, many of the concepts students learned in 6th grade, will now be expected in 5th grade. Students will dive deeper into the subject matter and higher-order cognitive skills. These are just a couple of examples of the rigorous changes to education for students to be considered proficient at their grade level.
In addition to our excellent teaching staff and standard’s aligned curriculum, Coebourn’s answer to this challenge is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) approach to learning, which is a state and national program. MTSS is a systematic approach to helping students grow academically. Student academic data is utilized to identify the needs of students and identify the correct research-based intervention to enrich them.
Coebourn Elementary will be utilizing reading/math computer program Success Maker as part of the intervention model. Students will continue to utilize this standard align computer program during the student day. However, “What I Need Time” or “WIN Time” has been built into the schedule to challenge all students at their instructional level. In addition to the students’ classroom teacher, other support teachers and staff will support groups of students to challenge them to grow academically in the focus subjects of Reading, Writing, and Math. “WIN Time” is considered an all-hands-on-deck. All available teachers will support a grade level during this time. Success Maker and additional research-based best instructional interventions will be utilized to support students’ academic growth. Academic data will identify student needs and the best instructional intervention. Students will still have their regular subject areas of math, reading, writing, social studies, science, etc. “WIN Time” does not take away from any of these traditional curriculum areas, rather, it is “in addition to” the general curriculum. Coebourn’s goal is academic growth and excellence of every child.