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Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.

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    Multi-Tiered System of Supports

    A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that brings together the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional instruction and supports for students in our schools, district, and larger community. MTSS is a core element of our strategic plan designed to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps for students of color; students receiving special education services; students who are not yet proficient in English; and/or students who come from low-income households. A strong system of academic, behavioral, social and emotional instruction and supports for our students ultimately helps us achieve our mission and vision.

    Within an MTSS framework, all students receive core academic, behavioral, social and emotional instruction. Any student requiring more attention may receive additional intensive or individualized levels or “tiers” of support depending on need. With MTSS, we often consider how academic, behavioral, and social-emotional factors are connected when identifying needed supports for students. 

    A foundational principle of MTSS is inclusion. Inclusion is the practice of educating children from diverse backgrounds and ability levels together, rather than in separate programs, or in schools other than their home school. There is a large body of evidence supporting the academic and social benefits of ensuring that all students and families are active, participating and valued members of their school and larger communities. 

    Over the past two years, teams of teachers, specialists, administrators, parents and community members have been working to advise in the development a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to serve all students in our district.