The National High School Center’s Early Warning System Professional Development Webinar series was featured in Education Daily on November 20th. The write-up discussed the fourth Webinar, “Assigning Students to Appropriate Interventions,” in the National High School Center’s five-part Webinar series. During the Webinar, Jenny Scala, a Research Analyst with the National High School Center, provided a step-by-step guide to selecting interventions. She provided recommendations on how to identify school needs, select evidence-based interventions, and implement them with fidelity.
The first step for schools is to identify and prioritize their needs. Schools should use existing data to identify grades, student subgroups, or skill sets for which they want to provide an intervention. Variables such as cost, implementation time frame, and efficacy evidence should all be taken into consideration. Secondly, Scala recommended utilizing websites, such as the What Works Clearinghouse and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) , which evaluate the evidence claims of interventions. These sites allow schools to determine if the intervention they are interested in yields valid outcomes. The third and final step focuses on developing an implementation plan to ensure that the intervention is delivered on the recommended timeline.
To view a recording of the presentation, and the other presentations in the EWS series please visit our Web site. For more information about our Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System and EWS Middle Grades and High School Tools, please visit out EWS Web page.