VTmtss NEXIS Offerings – Winter 2022

VTmtss NEXIS Offerings – Winter 2022


Another option: CUSTOM:  See below

Location: All NEXIS sessions will meet virtually on Zoom 
Dates: IGNITE – Level 1/ ENGAGE – Level 2 – Wednesdays January 19th and 26th, February 2rd, 16th; March 2rd, 16th & 30st
ENGAGE – Level 2 only – (prerequisite Fall of 2021 PLL NEXIS Sessions) – Wednesdays February 2rd, 16th; March 2rd, 16th & 30st  
Cost: IGNITE & ENGAGE – $700.00   ENGAGE ONLY – Cost – $625.00
Time – 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Audience – 
Vermont MTSS/EST coordinators, school leaders and/or teacher leaders responsible for the implementation of VTmtss in their school or district. We encourage you to register as a team to maximize your progress and build capacity in your district.
Facilitator: Audrey Richardson, NEXIS program coordinator for Partnerships for Literacy and Learning

After a successful launch this fall with over 12 districts and 20 schools participating, our VTmtss NEXIS offerings will continue in the Winter of 2022 with both foundational level and advanced level opportunities.  At PLL we recognize both the unique and common experiences regarding VTmtss implementation in schools and districts across the state and therefore we rise to meet those needs with our most responsive NEXIS experience to date.  This experience will maintain the essential qualities that are the cornerstone of our networked improvement community (NIC) work such as collaborative goal setting and framing through the lens of improvement science theory, however, new and past participants can customize their experience by choosing the level of support they need. We encourage individuals from schools and districts to sign up, and our experience indicates that bringing a team to this professional learning opportunity is one of the most powerful ways to make change in your district. Please read about the components of our NEXIS experience below and contact us with any questions or specific accommodations you might require.  

Level 1: IGNITE 
This is 2 session of an exploration of VTmtss including its guiding principles, components and reflection tools.  Participants will learn about the foundations of VTmtss as well as become acquainted with the VTmtss Field Guide and AOE tools. Participants will also learn more about the history, current pressures (including misconceptions) and policy such as Act 173 that impact implementation. In addition to this, participants will learn about improvement science, using data and PDSA cycles to achieve their VTmtss goals. Once IGNITE is completed participants WILL continue to level two.

The ideal participant for IGNITE is someone who has not participated in a VTmtss NEXIS yet, and would like to, and/or would like to join teammates (who have already taken fall session) in level two – ENGAGE.

Level 2: ENGAGE
This is our advanced PDSA experience for participants who have either completed level 1 (IGNITE) or completed one of the Fall VTmtss NEXIS experiences.  Participants will dive right into PDSA cycles and work to complete multiple cycles in the span of 5 sessions. If you can, bring a team to build a stronger mtss framework.

Level 3: CUSTOM
Do you have a big team? Or do you have specific needs in your district? While we think this work is best done in collaboration with other schools and districts from across the state we recognize the diverse situations that some schools may have.  In an effort to help with those needs, PLL can make an improvement science based plan to help you achieve equitable VTmtss implementation.  Interested in this option? Please contact Audrey Richardson at arichardson@pllvt.org to discuss the possibility of doing a custom NEXIS as well as pricing.

For many schools in Vermont, VTmtss coordination is a new role and therefore this NEXIS experience has been designed to support coordinators and members of the MTSS team. In our time together we aim to address the need for collaborative action and collective efficacy for the equitable implementation of VTmtss. As we know, COVID 19 has exposed inequities within our educational settings and created a renewed urgency on VTmtss. This reality reveals a need for deeper systemic understandings of and a stronger collective expertise on the comprehensive and interrelated nature of the components of the VTmtss framework. 

How does NEXIS work?
Like a networked improvement community (NIC), Networking for Excellence in Schools (NEXIS) is an outcome driven process where participants embark on an active journey to respond to the current challenges in our schools. First, using our combined experiences, we will look at the issues we are facing across our varied educational environments.  Then using a problem solving stance, we will create the means to address these inequities of both teaching and learning by engaging in the following understandings:

  • The work is problem-specific and user-centered.
  • Variation in performance is the core problem to address.
  • See the system that produces the current outcomes.
  • We cannot improve at scale what we cannot measure.
  • Anchor practice improvement in disciplined inquiry.  
  • Accelerate improvements through networked communities

Bio:Audrey NEXIS
Audrey Richardson, MA., NEXIS Program Coordinator

Audrey has been an educator for over 15 years as a high school English Teacher, literacy interventionist and literacy coach in Woodstock, Vermont.  Currently, Audrey is a Ph.D candidate at UVM in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program hoping to graduate in the Spring of 2022.  Audrey’s central focus, in both her research and work with PLL, is the implementation of equitable systems that support literacy learning for ALL students. As PLL’s NEXIS coordinator Audrey is committed to bringing education stakeholders together from around the state to engage in actionable literacy change.  Audrey lives in Taftsville, Vermont with her dairy farmer husband and two daughters.