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Natick Public Schools

November 2016

NPS Cabinet “Creating a Culture of Collective Responsibility”

Natick School Central Office Administrative Cabinet

Our district’s mission should we choose to accept it: “To educate all students we serve to high levels through high quality instruction”.   The Natick Public Schools chooses to accept this mission!   Our students, all of our students, can achieve at high levels. This is the underlying mindset that we are working on with our faculty throughout this year, and they heard it loud and clear on opening day.  We teamed up with Solution Tree to bring in guest speaker Austin Buffum, who is the coauthor of the book, Simplifying Response to Intervention (Solution Tree, 2012).  Mr. Buffum, a fellow champion of student achievement like our staff,  presented professional development to assist us in the development of a culture of collective responsibility and to also provide tools and strategies to support ALL of our learners.   This professional development area will continue throughout this year as we enter our 3rd year of our Response to Intervention planning in Natick.   

Dr. Peter Sanchioni — Superintendent Dennis Roche — Director of Technology Marianne Davis — Director of Human Resources Grace Magley — Direct of Digital Learning Peter Gray —Director of Finance Dr. Anna Nolin — Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Innovation Christina Maryland — Grants Research and Communications Specialist Tim Luff — Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

Natick School Committee School Committee meetings are broadcast live on the Natick Pegasus Public Access Television - Education Channel (RCN-channel 13, Comcast-channel 8, Verizon-channel 30). Check the broadcast schedule at    School Committee meetings are generally held on the first and third Monday of the month at 7:15 pm. in the School Committee Room, 3rd Floor, Town Hall.  Schedules are subject to change.  Agendas and meeting materials are posted at http://natickschools.novusagenda. com/agendapublic  and meeting minutes are posted to the Natick Public Schools website at  Each meeting has a segment devoted to public participation. The Committee welcomes your attendance.

School Committee Members: Amy Mistrot, Chair Lisa Tabenkin, Vice Chair Paul Laurent, Clerk Dirk Coburn David Mangan Julie McDonough Firkins Reed


Response to Intervention Defined

School Committee Meetings Monday, December 5, 2016 Monday, December 19, 2016 Monday, January 9, 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 Monday, February 6, 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 Monday, March 6, 2017   

Monday, March 20, 2017 Monday, April 3, 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 Monday, May 8, 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 Monday, June 5, 2017 Monday, June 19, 2017

What is RTI? Response-to-Intervention (RTI) is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs. Progress is closely monitored and changes in instruction are based on data collected from ongoing assessments. RTI represents an educational strategy to close achievement gaps for all students, by preventing smaller learning problems from becoming insurmountable gaps (NASDSE, 2006).        “RTI is the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child-response data to important educational decisions” (Batsche, et al, 2007).  In short, the Natick Schools seeks to further personalize instruction for our students and do so in a more agile and adaptive manner in the coming years.  Our work in assessments, instruction and with data dashboards and

teacher use of data centers around this mission to personalize and adapt the learning to meet the needs of the student for each unit or skill being studied.                    Why is RTI important? RTI eliminates the “wait to fail” situation.  Students receive interventions within the general education setting as needed.   The RTI approach may aid in reducing the number of students referred to special education.        Intervention and enrichment are provided to all students based on need which reduces “idling” time for more advanced learners.             What does RTI look like? Tier 1:  Access to Grade-Level Essentials for All Students        All students receive Tier I interventions in the regular classroom, also know as “Best Practices.” Tier I interventions will be successful with 80- 90% of the student population. Classroom teachers provide Tier I interventions and supports.                     Tier 2:  Additional Time and Support to Meet Grade-Level Essentials Based on academic school-wide screening, students who are not meeting grade level benchmarks and for whom Tier I interventions are not supportive enough will receive Tier 2 interventions.  A team consisting of the classroom teacher, special educators and other necessary staff makes instructional decisions based on an individual student’s performance. The team identifies the academic problem; determines its cause; and then develops, implements, and evaluates a plan to address the problem.  The interventions are flexible and individualized to meet the student’s unique needs.  Students classified as Tier 2 receive the same instruction as students in Tier 1 as well as targeted interventions. Tier 2 represents 5-10% of the population. Tier 2 interventions are provided by the classroom teacher as well as support staff when necessary.                     Tier 3:  Intensive Remediation in Universal Skills


2016 Natick Schools Annual Newsletter  

Natick Public Schools Annual Newsletter Published in November 2016

2016 Natick Schools Annual Newsletter  

Natick Public Schools Annual Newsletter Published in November 2016