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Hastings Area Schools who were invited to give a presentation at a state-level education conference

Hastings Area Schools who were invited to give a presentation at a state-level education conference

JVH HASS, MIBLSI State Conference

Matt Goebel and Dora Leonard are two of five staff members from Hastings Area Schools who were invited to give a presentation at a state-level education conference.

Hastings schools represented at state level

Joan Van Houten Staff Writer

Hastings Area School System was represented in April by five staff members chosen to speak at the Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative conference.

The MIBLSI is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grant funded initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.

The staff members chosen were Matt Goebel, assistant superintendent of student achievement; Dora Leonard, Hastings High School teacher and Multi-tier System of Support teacher consultant; Hastings Middle School teachers Melinda Shults, Tony Knop, and Shari Barker.

Shults and Knop presented on the Promoting Adolescent Reading Success grant initiative that involves a sequence of up to six intervention programs for students who struggle with deciphering or comprehending informational text. Hastings district PARS interventionists developed an interactive experience for the conference, inviting participants to be the student.

Barker presented on the key role reading intervention strategies play in secondary Multi-tier System of Support implementation.  Three high-impact strategies were featured and participants saw each strategy in action and learned how to successfully scale up implementation across all grade levels of middle school.

Goebel and Leonard were among the presenters who have worked to set up systems for communication. District leaders from Hamilton Community Schools and Hastings Area School System shared their learning and provided example products to illustrate how their districts have ensured communication with all district stakeholders.

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