Eric Nentrup, writing for Getting Smart, reviews Turnaround Children’s new tiered support toolkit for educators who are supporting children and families in crisis. Excerpts of the piece appear below:
Turnaround Children recently released a tiered support system action pack that takes advanced learning science and makes it accessible for educators to respond to the crises children and families are currently facing. With a focus on crisis instead of compliance or academic performance, the tiers for intervention are as follows:
- Tier 1 supports are universal and are applicable to all students
- Tier 2 supports are designed to provide selective supports to individuals or groups of students whose needs are not being met by Tier 1 supports
- Tier 3 supports are designed to provide more intensive, individualized supports for students whose needs are not met by Tier 1 or Tier 2 supports
With educators in a constant state of professional learning, Turnaround’s new action pack helps school staff identify indicators of crisis or trauma and have a clear path forward for supporting students in their time of need, in an increasingly acute, and personalized manner.
The Responding to Crisis Action Pack starts off with a series of blog posts that frame the importance of a school crisis plan, the integral nature of collaboration to the process, and nuts-and-bolts advice on launching a plan. Tools and resources are then organized by role for teachers, school leaders and student support staff.
For more commentary, see: https://www.gettingsmart.com/2020/09/responding-to-crisis-with-a-tiered-supports-system/
For the action pack, see: https://turnaroundusa.org/introducing-a-new-action-pack-of-tools-from-turnaround-for-responding-to-crisis-within-a-tiered-supports-system/