On Dec. 3, Sterling College teacher candidates in the elementary methods class took a field trip to West Elementary School in Valley Center, Kan., in order to learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports intervention program, or MTSS. This program is designed to support and respond to the behavioral and academic needs of each student in order to meet the standards set forth by the state of Kansas.
“West Elementary has developed an effective program that has gained respect from other schools around the state,” said Debra Millikan, assistant professor of education. Millikan teaches elementary methods classes at Sterling College and includes the MTSS program because of its wide use in Kansas and the benefits for the teacher candidates and their future students.
“We started taking elementary methods candidates on this trip after Dr. Righettini and I attended the Kansas Department of Education MTSS Symposium in the fall of 2011. This was when we learned about West Elementary’s strong MTSS program. West Elementary’s principal, Pete Bastian, agreed to provide this opportunity for our element