Sampson County Schools officials are continuing progress on a plan to help students improve academics and behavior.
During a recent meeting, the Sampson County Board of Education received an overview of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) from coordinators Cathy Mason and Caroline Langston. It is an initiative of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
“All schools have to be on board with this by 2020,” Mason said.
A leadership and district team was formed to implement the program. Some of the members include Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy, Wendy Cabral, assistant superintendent of Personnel Services, and Susan Warren, student services coordinator.
According to the NCDPI, MTSS is a multi-tiered framework which promotes school involvement through engaging, research-based academics and behavioral practices. School officials hope to have every public school system implementing and keeping components of the system to help students for opportunities beyond high school.
Mason said the program will be implemented in schools in waves, based on their involvement in similar behavior program. Previously, Sampson County Schools used Response to Instruction, which addresses the academic weaknesses of students. The Positive Behavior Intervention System of Support was also used to help students with their conduct.
It began in January and during the spring semester, school officials worked to create a vision of expectations and changes where students can be successful.
Some of the critical components of the system include leadership; data-based problem solving data evaluation; instruction and intervention; building capacity and infrastructure for implementation; and communication and collaboration.
Some of the goals for the 2016-17 school year include developing teams at each school and creating a network among chairpersons; and providing professional development for Positive Behavior Intervention System and data literacy.
Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.