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    Branching Minds Help Texas Districts With HB4545 Requirements

    Districts need an efficient way to track students needing accelerated instruction and/or ALCs. Campus and district staff should quickly be able to identify these students and track the intervention minutes that have been logged for each one. Most importantly, ALCs should be able to quickly determine intervention efficiency and use the problem-solving approach to edit educational plans as needed for each student.

    Branching Minds supports our partners around the world with identifying students in need, creating individual and group support plans, and providing/documenting evidence-based intervention. In addition, through the use of our platform, Branching Minds supports seamless data collection for historical patterns and current decision-making. Here are some ways in which we are specifically helping our Texas partners as they implement HB4545:

    Branching Minds and HB4545

    STAAR data available in the platform:

    Teachers and staff can see a student’s historical STAAR data to make the best data-based decisions for each individual student.

    Help teachers and staff quickly identify students needing supplemental instruction and accelerated learning committees:

    Branching Minds shows which students are in need of support from an Accelerated Learning Committee to plan supplemental instruction, based on STAAR results

    Efficiently document decisions made by the Accelerated Learning Committee:

    Track ALC Meeting completion in fulfillment of HB4545 requirements, leveraging special meeting templates. Document all parent/guardian communications, meeting notes, and decision making consistently

    Educational plans established by the ALC can be documented and monitored with ease and efficiency:

    Individual or group plans including a SMART goal, a progress monitor, and an intervention or support can be quickly and easily created within the platform.

    Teachers can quickly document intervention minutes for each individual or group:

    Teachers or staff tasked with working with an individual or a group will receive weekly reminders to check off intervention minutes and input progress monitoring data.

    Intervention minutes report helps track the minutes that have been logged for students:

    Branching Minds provides reports to track intervention minutes logged for students to ensure no students are missed or “slip through the cracks.”

    While some districts have found some of these new requirements difficult to manage, Branching Minds helps make the process much easier for teachers and administrators, as illustrated in the chart above. Regardless of HB4545, it is always a best practice to provide differentiated instruction and individualized support plans to all students identified as needing support at the end of the day.

    For more information on how the Branching Minds platform can specifically support your district initiatives, request a demo below

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