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Understanding Depth of Knowledge

By Ashley Klint | October 21, 2021

Alignment between standards or unpacked learning targets during assessment creation and instructional planning is crucial for developing a year long Curricular/Assessment Scope and Sequence.  Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is the…

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Using Data to Align a Behavior Intervention to a Target Behavior

By Kristin Rockwell | October 14, 2021

With strong Tier 1 supports in place, educators are able to turn their attention to the students in need of a targeted or individualized behavior intervention. But with limited time…

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Evaluating Your Overall Intervention Program’s Effectiveness

By Jaime Harris, Ed.S., NCSP | October 7, 2021

  As we implement MTSS, it’s really important that we take a look at which kids are receiving interventions, and being able to answer the question: “Is what we’re doing working?” …

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Free eBooks for Educators

By Jessica Rowley | September 30, 2021

As the school year unfolds, districts are relying on their high-quality assessment tools and multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) to better understand where students are and how to help each…

Promoting Educational Equity Through SEL

Promoting Educational Equity Through Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

By Dr. Katie Eklund & Ms. Bri'Anna Collins | September 23, 2021

A growing body of research has exposed persistent bias in school discipline practices, policies, and outcomes; special education identification and placement; and academic opportunities, especially for kids of color (Ladson-Billings,…

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Tying Assessment & Instruction Together

By Jeremy O'Neil | September 16, 2021

One of the most crucial things that we do when we build assessments, and we’re thinking about assessments behind the scene, is we really think about the alignment between the…

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Essential Supports for Hybrid Learning

By Mike Oswalt, M.Ed | September 9, 2021

As noted in a previous article, many districts are considering long-term hybrid or blended learning options for the first time–whether to offer more flexibility to students, to bolster family engagement,…

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Free Webinars for Educators: MTSS, Assessment, SEB and More

By Jessica Rowley | September 2, 2021

As the school year kicks off, educators in many districts are grappling with questions around whole child supports and ensuring all students grow throughout the year. For example: How can…

Illuminate Summer 2021 Release

Illuminate Summer 2021 Release: Driving Data-Informed Decisions to Efficiently Address Unfinished Learning

By Bonny Troyer | August 19, 2021

This year, comprehensive assessment and MTSS collaboration and management will be critical tools to help educators effectively address unfinished learning. The Illuminate Solution includes new enhancements that support student growth…

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Should Students with Disabilities Participate in MTSS?

By Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP | August 12, 2021

I’m often asked whether students with disabilities can participate in tiered supports called an MTSS. The answer is yes. Students with disabilities are able to and should participate in tiered…

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