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VIDEO: Common Core Standards and a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS)
April 16, 2014
Ask the Experts

Our middle school is in its first year of implementation. There is a daily period built into the schedule for students to receive needed interventions. Students not needing interventions are assigned to an enrichment group….Can you provide some suggestions as to what types of activities school provide for the enrichment students? Also, if there is information as to whether these activities should be counted for a grade.

In her response, Dr. Susan Johnsen of Baylor University advises using the enrichment times for extensions of interest-related projects and suggests activities that will challenge students’ current reading levels, integrate technology into classroom reading activities, and provide opportunities for creativity.

For more information, read her full response here.

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