Expansive Opportunities: Evaluate and Elevate Your School’s Tiers of Support

Give [students] something that allows them to see we recognize who they are.

– Matt Coleman, Inflexion’s CEO


ACTIVITY

This activity can be done on your own or collaboratively with your leadership/ILT team(s).

1. Watch this six-minute clip from the Crowdsource Webinar, MTSS and the Inflexion Approach

2. Reflect on the examples in the video

  • What do you notice about the development of these different expansive opportunities?
  • How are they similar and/or different from the tiers of support currently offered for your students?
  • Could any of your students benefit from these expansive opportunity examples? If so: who? how? why?

3. Brainstorm your school’s expansive opportunities and areas in need of elevation

  • What expansive opportunities are currently available to your students?
    • If any: reflect on and evaluate them.
      • Who are they serving?
      • Are they effective?
      • How do you know?
      • Could they be elevated?
      • Are students a part of the development and evaluation processes for these opportunities?
    • If none: reflect on why none are offered.
      • Have there been any in the past?
      • If so, what happened to them?
      • What are the main obstacles to providing expansive opportunities?
      • How can these obstacles be overcome?
  • Brainstorm new/elevated expansive opportunities for your school:
    • Consider which student groups need support but aren’t receiving enough of it
    • Survey students for what supports they feel they need and what expansive opportunities would benefit them in and out of the classroom
    • Begin planning the development of at least one new expansive opportunity in the coming school year

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