53 episodes

Schoolin' Around is a weekly podcast hosted by Branching Minds, featuring prominent leaders, subject-matter experts, and thought innovators with their perspectives on the current challenges facing K-12 education.

You can find more info about Branching Minds at our website, branchingminds.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds.

Schoolin' Around Schoolin' Around by Branching Minds

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Schoolin' Around is a weekly podcast hosted by Branching Minds, featuring prominent leaders, subject-matter experts, and thought innovators with their perspectives on the current challenges facing K-12 education.

You can find more info about Branching Minds at our website, branchingminds.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds.

    Ask an Expert: How To Prioritize Your MTSS Work For High Impact

    Ask an Expert: How To Prioritize Your MTSS Work For High Impact

    In this conversation, Larissa and her guest, Caitlin Crossman, from the Professional Services team, discuss the challenges of implementing MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) in schools and how leaders can prioritize their efforts using the Impact Effort Map. They highlight the importance of focusing on high-impact, low-effort tasks and provide examples of how this tool can be used to streamline the implementation process. 
    Resources:
    Impact Vs Effort Map
    Article: How to Identify MTSS Priorities
    How to Lead for Improved Student Outcomes Using Real-Time, Real-Life Insights
    Leader Protocol Guide for Buy-In
    Takeaways
    Implementing MTSS can feel overwhelming, but prioritizing tasks using the Impact Effort Map can help leaders focus on high-impact, low-effort activities.The Impact Effort Map is a visual tool that allows educators to map out tasks based on their impact and effort required.The map helps identify quick wins, major projects, and tasks that can be delegated or scheduled for later.Communication and collaboration with stakeholders are essential for successful implementation.Leaders should regularly reflect on their priorities and be willing to adapt as needed.
    Learn more about MTSS and Branching Minds by visiting Branching Minds Website or Sign up for our weekly Newsletter on all things MTSS with this link.   Don’t forget to follow and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds. 

    • 23 min
    How to Scale Up Your MTSS District-Wide

    How to Scale Up Your MTSS District-Wide

    In this conversation, Dr. Mary O'Meara and Ms. Theresa Donahue from Plainview, Old Beth Page in New York, discuss their district's implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). They highlight the community involvement and diversity in their district, emphasizing the importance of supporting every student. The district's theme of 'Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts' aligns well with the goals of MTSS. Implementing MTSS, providing data-driven insights, and supporting the district's community efforts has impacted the superintendent's role. The district has made a cultural shift and a long-term commitment to MTSS, focusing on social-emotional learning (SEL) and equipping teachers with Tier 1 interventions.
    Resources:
    Article: How to Identify MTSS Priorities
    Article: How to Build MTSS Efficiency
    Leader Protocol Guide for Buy-In
    Webinar: How to Lead for Improved Student Outcomes Using Real-Time, Real-Life Insights Buy-In Guide
    Learn more about the MTSS platform that Plainview- OBP used to scale their MTSS. Request a consultation
    Learn more about MTSS and Branching Minds by visitingBranching Minds Website or sign up for our weekly Newsletter on all things MTSS.
    Don’t forget to follow and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds. 

    • 42 min
    From Theory to Application: Planning PD that Sustains MTSS

    From Theory to Application: Planning PD that Sustains MTSS

    In this episode of Schooling Around, Larissa and LaTisha Cole, Branching Minds Professional Service Consultant,  discuss the importance of effective professional development in implementing and sustaining MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) in schools. They emphasize the need for educators to have time, space, and support to learn and apply new strategies. The conversation explores practical steps and strategies for bridging the gap between theory and application, such as using data to guide professional development, incorporating case studies and surveys, and creating a culture of continuous improvement. 
    Resources:
    Article: One Reason Your MTSS Might Be Failing
    Leader Protocol Guide for Buy-In
    School Leader Guide to PD
    MTSS Mini Summit 2024
    Request a consultation 
    Takeaways
    Effective professional development is crucial for implementing and sustaining MTSS in schools.Educators need time, space, and support to learn and apply new strategies.Data should be used to guide professional development and identify areas of need.Bridging the gap between theory and application requires ongoing support and feedback.Innovative methods, such as incorporating fun activities and collaborative learning, can enhance professional development.Obstacles to high-quality professional development include time constraints and competing initiatives.Creating a culture of continuous improvement and celebrating successes can contribute to the sustainability of MTSS implementation.
    Learn more about MTSS and Branching Minds by visiting our Branching Minds Website , or Sign up for our weekly Newsletter on all things MTSS with this link. Don’t forget to follow and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds. 

    • 39 min
    MTSS Explained: How to Leverage Co-Teaching for Secondary Interventions

    MTSS Explained: How to Leverage Co-Teaching for Secondary Interventions

    In this episode, Larissa unpacks how co-teaching could make MTSS possible within the secondary classroom. Co-teaching is an inclusive model of instruction that helps serve students with disabilities and students that need more support in the general education classroom. Larissa breaks down how co-teaching benefits each tier of MTSS and tips for leaders in making co-teaching work for teachers.
    Resources:
    Co-Teaching Article Co-Teaching Observation Checklist School Leader Guide to PD
    Takeaways
    Co-teaching is a powerful model for serving students with disabilities and students who need more support in the general education classroom.Co-teaching allows for differentiation of materials and activities, targeted interventions, and lower student-to-teacher ratios.Collaboration and clear roles and responsibilities are key to successful co-teaching.Leaders should provide co-planning time, consider personalities when assigning co-teaching partners, offer coaching and professional development, observe and reflect with teachers, and help create clear roles and responsibilities.
    Learn more about MTSS and Branching Minds by visiting Branching Minds Website , or Sign up for our weekly newsletter on all things MTSS with this link. Newsletter   Don’t forget to follow and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds.  

    • 13 min
    EdHotTake - Is The New Teacher Retention Tool "Stay Interviews?"

    EdHotTake - Is The New Teacher Retention Tool "Stay Interviews?"

    Melissa Harvey, a middle school principal in Texas, shares her strategy of conducting stay interviews with teachers to address teacher retention and build a positive school culture. Stay interviews involve asking high-performing employees why they choose to stay at the school and what they love about it. Melissa also conducts stay interviews with new employees at the 30, 60, and 90-day mark to ensure their satisfaction and retention. By actively listening to teachers and implementing changes based on their feedback, Melissa has created a culture where teachers feel heard, valued, and connected. 
    Resources:
    Webinar:Deprivatizing The Classroom
    Guide: Admin Guide
    Staff Burnout Article
    Takeaways
    Stay interviews are an effective strategy for addressing teacher retention and building a positive school culture.Leaders should actively listen to teachers and implement changes based on their feedback.Staying in touch with teachers' experiences and making decisions that consider their perspectives is crucial for effective leadership.Transparency and communication are key in mitigating misunderstandings and building trust between leaders and teachers.

    Sound Bites
    "Being an effective, inspiring leader for my teachers means staying in touch with what it's like for them to work in our building and striving to make our school a place they'll never want to leave."
    "Having someone that's just there to support and listen and actively working to solve big or small things is really powerful."
    "Showing the big picture and the behind-the-scenes impact of decisions can help teachers understand and feel connected to the overall goals of the school."

    Learn more about MTSS and Branching Minds by visiting our Branching Minds Website , or Sign up for our weekly Newsletter on all things MTSS. Don’t forget to follow and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds. 

    • 18 min
    What You Need to Know About High Impact Tutoring

    What You Need to Know About High Impact Tutoring

    Our guest, Dr. Janet Wilson, discusses the principles and benefits of high-impact tutoring and how it can be integrated into the school day. She emphasizes the importance of aligning tutoring with classroom instruction and measuring its effectiveness through both quantitative and qualitative data. Dr. Wilson also addresses the challenges of funding and sustainability, highlighting the need for districts to repurpose existing resources and prioritize tutoring as a cost-effective intervention. She shares success stories of districts that have implemented high impact tutoring and discusses the mission of Littera Education in providing affordable and effective tutoring programs.
    Resources:
    High Impact Tutoring Webinar
    Tutoring Article
    Littera Education
    DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR ACCELERATING STUDENT LEARNING WITH HIGH-IMPACT TUTORING
    High-Impact Tutoring | National Student Support Accelerator 
    Integrating High-Impact Tutoring with Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
    Takeaways
    High-impact tutoring is a highly effective intervention that can support students in making significant academic gains.Tutoring should be aligned with classroom instruction, and high-quality instructional materials should be used that are consistent with the curriculum.Measuring tutoring effectiveness requires quantitative data, such as student progress on standardized tests, and qualitative data, such as improved self-efficacy and transference of skills to the classroom.Funding and sustainability of tutoring programs can be achieved by repurposing existing resources and prioritizing tutoring as a cost-effective intervention.
    Learn more about MTSS and Branching Minds by visiting our website Branchingminds.com, or Sign up for our weekly Newsletter on all things MTSS with this link. (https://hubs.la/Q02g9lwV0 )  Don’t forget to follow and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn @BranchingMinds. 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

607919 ,

Informative and Inspiring

I stumbled across Branching Minds through a job posting, and became so eager to learn as much as possible about the company. I found the podcast and was hooked! Larissa is an awesome host and the platform they are giving MTSS practices is revolutionary.

Marty Walter ,

Very informative!

I really enjoyed listening to your discussion with your CEO at Branching Minds. I hold a lot of the same philosophies as both of you since being an educator for 47 years in the area of special needs. I was a high school Special Ed. teacher for 14 years and then a Special Ed administrator for 16 years as the Director of the program. I’m now semi-retired and still working part time as a school improvement specialist and Sp. Ed. Consultant now for 17 years. I keep thinking I will work myself out of a job and they keep calling me back, lol!! To me, it’s all about relationships and the trust you build while seeking inclusivity and success for children. It was so refreshing hearing Maya say everything she’s doing as a CEO is exactly the same as when she was a teacher. I couldn’t agree more; it’s what guides me as well!! Thank you both for expanding my mind and affirming so much of what is at the core of my existence!! Bravo, Ms. Marty Walter, M. Ed. Dallas, TX

Mayamol1000 ,

So insightful and fun!

A breath of fresh air 💕

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