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Designing MTSS with Learner Variability and a Whole Child Focus

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Takeru “TK” Nagayoshi, Professional Learning Director, Community Events, Panorama Education; and Jessica Jackson, Director of Professional Learning, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise
Moderated by Barbara Pape, Senior Director, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise

Sponsored by Digital Promise

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A whole-child approach acknowledges the complexity of learners, the impact of context, the need to understand learners across a number of dimensions, and the importance of student agency in learning. So many of our school and instructional systems are focused on identifying deficits in academics alone. Designing for the whole learner reminds and requires us to widen our lens to consider the different aspects that contribute to each student’s uniqueness. So, what does this look like in a school’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) when it’s designed to provide intervention across academics and behavior? What are the key challenges in undertaking and sustaining this approach?

Reflecting on feedback from districts about the state of their MTSS, we have an engaging discussion around how we can take a whole-child approach to MTSS leveraging student voice, data, and intervention strategies from Panorama Playbook and the Learner Variability Project. In this edWebinar viewers:

  • Hear why a whole-child, data-informed approach to MTSS matters
  • Understand how to address learner variability across the tiers of MTSS
  • Discover common challenges and solutions in implementing MTSS

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Takeru “TK” NagayoshiAbout the Presenters

Takeru “TK” Nagayoshi is the 2020 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and an educator-consultant whose work and voice have been featured in places such as This American Life, Time magazine, The Nation, the Smithsonian, and the Federal Reserve Bank. He is currently the Professional Learning Director of Community Events at Panorama Education and leads large-scale events that reach an audience of over 10,000 people.

A nationally recognized educator, TK frequently offers commentary and analysis on K-12 education issues, having written numerous op-eds and been featured in hundreds of panels, podcasts, and other media and speaking engagements. TK also leads training and workshops around the country on topics ranging from teacher leadership, to education policy, to social-emotional learning, and to curricula and pedagogy at the high school level.

TK has received recognitions such as the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence (2021), Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award (2019), Boston University Young Alumni Award (2019), and Sontag Prize in Urban Education (2018). He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with an honors B.A. in international relations and from Boston University with an M.Ed. in curriculum and teaching. He’s currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern University.

Jessica JacksonJessica Jackson is Director of Professional Learning for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise where she designs professional learning for educators that helps them address the needs of the whole learner through research-based practices. Jessica has over 20 years of experience in education which reflects her passion for creativity, curiosity, leadership, and social justice. As a New Leader alum, she founded an integrated arts elementary school in Memphis, TN where she designed a pathways program that helped students explore their own curiosity and creativity. As Director of Academics, she designed instructional systems, coached leaders, and organized full-scale professional development for a network of schools at Capstone Education Group. She has her master’s in education from Pace University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond.

Barbara PapeAbout the Moderator

Barbara Pape, Senior Director for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise, led a three-year national survey on learner variability and teacher practice, wrote the paper defining learner variability, hosts a monthly webinar series, and co-developed The IEP Project. Previously, she worked in policy analysis and communications for nonprofits and in the U.S. Senate. Barbara has written for numerous publications and was editor of the first electronically delivered education newsletter, the Daily Report Card. Previously, she produced the Teaching & Learning conference for the National Board, worked in the communications office for the AFT during President Al Shanker’s tenure, and headed up government relations for the City Colleges of Chicago. She earned an Ed.M. at Harvard and coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Barbara launched her career as a middle school teacher in her hometown of Pittsburgh.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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