State Personnel Development Grant Newsletter (December)

07 December 2016

Early-Aligned vtMTSS Networking Day

On November 3, 2016 members from the four Early-Aligned vtMTSS pilot sites funded by the SPDG were invited to kick-off the new school year with a networking meeting at the Agency of Education. In addition to holding a facilitated discussion around topics related to being an Early-Aligned pilot site such as parent participation, Data2Action in Early MTSS, Leadership Team logistics and functions, and communication processes, the members from the three “newer” pilot sites had the opportunity to hear from members of the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union’s (WSESU) Early Childhood team. We believed that in addition to benefiting from facilitated networking with other pilot site team members, pilot sites that are newer to their implementation process would be able to learn from the successes and lessons learned from WSESU's first year of implementation.

The leadership team of the Early-Aligned vtMTSS pilot in WSESU is led by Jan Crow, director of early education, and is comprised of three parents, the early education teacher, the principal, the K-8 literacy coach, and a Kindergarten teacher. We were thrilled to have a panel of three members of the WSESU Aligned vtMTSS leadership team present at our Networking Day, including Jan Crow, Regina Davis, K—6 Instructional Coach at Windsor State Street School, Emily Gissel, WSESU Pre-K Teacher at Windsor State Street School and Lead Teacher for the Aligned vtMTSS work, and Jan Willey, Systems Coach for both the K-12 and Aligned vtMTSS Leadership Teams.

The panelists were asked to speak about WSESU’s transition professional learning community plan. One of the goals of Early MTSS at WSESU is to ensure a smooth transition from Pre-K into Kindergarten, with a focus on social/emotional skill development during the first year; following that, early literacy and early numeracy will be introduced in years two and three.

According to the exit tickets, the ability to hear from a group that is a bit further along in the implementation process was helpful to the other members of the audience. One person responded to the question “How was today helpful” by writing, “today was helpful in understanding the process we are just beginning to embark on. Hearing from the panel was very valuable!”

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