Georgia HLP/MTSS Summit

Macon, June 20

The Georgia Department of Education, the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the CEEDAR Center have partnered to empower educators to maximize P-20 student success. We will jointly host a statewide convening to create an awareness for High-Leverage Practices in Special Education and share how these practices align with a Multi-tiered System of Supports.

Main Sessions

General Session

Tessie Bailey
Bridging MTSS & HLP: Connecting Effective Practices for the Success of All Students
The opening session will set the context for the relationship between Multi-tiered Systems of Support and High Leverage Practices. We will explore and define the foundational tenets of both constructs and begin exploring the ways that this framework can be implemented to support the diverse learning needs of all students.

Keynote Session

Larry Maheady
High-Leverage Practices: Where Do We Go from Here?
This session will describe High Leverage Practices (HLPs) for general and special education, discuss strategies to implement them in P-12 classrooms and teacher preparation coursework, and offer recommendations for educational leaders to support and sustain high quality implementation.

Summit Presentations

Concurrent Session 1

Linda Blanton
HLP Component: Collaboration
The Central Role of Collaboration in Today’s Schools
This session focuses on collaboration both as a core component of High Leverage Practices (HLPs) and as an essential practice embedded in Georgia’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework.  Examples will be used to show how (a) HLPs are being integrated in educator preparation programs and PK-12 schools, and (b) the ways that collaboration in schools supports an effective MTSS framework.

Melissa Driver and Kate Zimmer
HLP Component: Assessment
Supporting Purposeful Practice of HLPs for Pre- and In-Service Teachers
In this session, participants will discuss ways in which to analyze how HLPs are purposefully placed, addressed, and practiced through teacher preparation and in-service professional development. We will begin by analyzing how HLPs can and should be evident in lesson plans and during instructional delivery. We will then discuss how to provide teachers opportunities for purposeful practice and critical learning experiences to support their development.

John O’Connor
HLP Component: Social, Emotional, Behavioral Practices
Lessons Learned from Leading District-Wide Tier 2 & Tier 3 Interventions
“In our school, we have lots of students who struggle.  What should we do?”  Have you heard that question before?  Do you have an answer?  In this session, John O’Connor will share his lessons learned through leading Tiers 2 and 3 in the Henry County School System, a district that includes 53 school sites and educates roughly 42,000 students.

Jennifer Nelson
HLP Component: Instruction
Improving Student Learning Through Instruction
This presentation will focus on instruction as one of the HLP components of effective teacher practice.

Tessie Bailey

MTSS Focus
Big Questions About MTSS: Candid Discussions about the Elephants in the Room
Are you still unsure about multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)? Do you have concerns or questions you’d like to discuss? Implementation changes can create a lot of uncertainty. However, when we understand the change, and the problems associated with it, we are more able to prepare for moving forward. This interactive session will provide opportunities for participants to actively engage in candid discussions about the future of MTSS in Georgia with an MTSS national expert, peers, and other stakeholders. Perspectives from the Georgia State Department of Education will also be shared.

(This presentation does not have an accompanied PowerPoint.)

Concurrent Session 2

Linda Blanton
HLP Component: Collaboration
The Central Role of Collaboration in Today’s Schools
This session focuses on collaboration both as a core component of High Leverage Practices (HLPs) and as an essential practice embedded in Georgia’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework.  Examples will be used to show how (a) HLPs are being integrated in educator preparation programs and PK-12 schools, and (b) the ways that collaboration in schools supports an effective MTSS framework.

Carla Tanguay
HLP Component: Assessment
The Gift of Feedback and Guidance to Support Student Learning
The gift of effective feedback and guidance to support opportunities for learners’ use of feedback are central components for student learning. This presentation provides a conceptual framework for understanding feedback as a high leverage practice, the types of feedback associated with effectiveness (Hattie & Timperley, 2007), and strategies to support feedback use (i.e., self-assessment, self-adjustment) to enhance student learning (Wiggins, 1998). Assessment reform should include quality feedback for learners and their use to improve and move beyond just assessing learner performance (Wiggins, 1998). Implications for teacher preparation will also be discussed.

Leonora Clarkson
HLP Component: Social, Emotional, Behavioral Practices
A Few of Our Favorite Things to Support MTSS Behavior
This presentation will provide information and resources used to support students with behavior deficits. The journey of one system to implement MTSS system wide for behavior supports.

Jennifer Nelson
HLP Component: Instruction
Improving Student Learning Through Instruction
This presentation will focus on instruction as one of the HLP components of effective teacher practice.

Larry Maheady
HLP: Leader Focus
Working Smarter Not Harder: Making Change One Teacher at a Time
This session will (a) describe three, easy-to-use teaching practices to improve the academic, behavioral, and/or interpersonal performance of students with and without disabilities and (b) provide evidence to support these positive effects across three, inclusive educational settings.

Tessie Bailey
MTSS Focus
Big Questions About MTSS: Candid Discussions about the Elephants in the Room
Are you still unsure about multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)? Do you have concerns or questions you’d like to discuss? Implementation changes can create a lot of uncertainty. However, when we understand the change, and the problems associated with it, we are more able to prepare for moving forward. This interactive session will provide opportunities for participants to actively engage in candid discussions about the future of MTSS in Georgia with an MTSS national expert, peers, and other stakeholders. Perspectives from the Georgia State Department of Education will also be shared.

(This presentation does not have an accompanied PowerPoint.)

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