LL-H board updated on MTSS

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools teachers Melissa Corrigan, left, and Erin Carlson update the district board on the progress of the district’s new Multi-Tiered Support System program Monday.

LAKE LINDEN – Teachers updated the Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Board on the progress of the Multi-Tiered Support System instituted last year.

The program, which began in the elementary school last year, features data-based decision making aimed at improving behavioral and academic outcomes for students.

Teacher Erin Carlson said the program means being proactive instead of reactive.

“Instead of calling somebody out because they’re talking in class, we say, ‘This person is doing such a nice job because their eyes are on me, they’re watching what we’re doing, they’re listening closely. So in turn other kids model their behavior and say, ‘Oh, I want to do that too,'” she said.

Last year, Carlson said, the team in the elementary school did background work, and its now rolling out its positive behavior system RISE (Responsibility, Integrity, Safety and Empathy).

“We teach those four words to kids grades K through 6 and we show them what the right way to do things is … Being responsible and showing integrity and being safe and having empathy are basically a core group of expectations that we want our students to be able to show in school so that they can become successful,” she said.

Students receive tickets for positive behavior, which they can redeem for prizes. Teachers look at the data each month and review to see areas that can improve, such as playground behavior.

Carlson said the program has improved behavior in the hallways and playgrounds.

“The best thing is having the kids watch you watch them,” she said. “They’re smiling and just waiting for you to say something positive.”

This year, the MTSS is focusing on reading in the elementary school, Carlson said, including making sure a 90-minute reading block is included.

At the high school level, teachers are preparing for the rollout of the positive behavior system next year, said teacher Melissa Corrigan. Teachers have met with a group of 12 students about three times in the past month, she said.

“They have a lot of great ideas and are sharing a lot with us about what we can do differently to improve our district for next year,” she said.

The district team will look at Tier II systems for children who need more support, along with academic support for the high school.