The USPM-2 is officially released.
Download the USPM-2 today and begin the new era in education!
The educational revolution is finally here and the USPM-2 is leading the way!
"We're in a whole new world." Michael Hanson, Former Superintendent
"SEL" stands for Social-Emotional Learning and represents the growing movement toward the recognition that public education needs to address and account for more than just test scores and behavior.
CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) is amongst the leaders in this movement. Their mission, like mine, is ambitious. They are striving to make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school. View their strategic plan as they/we strive to transform this momentum into a movement.
The 8 CORE California districts (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Sanger, Garden Grove, and Fresno) and many others throughout the nation have recognized the importance of SEL and are on board, using concepts/technology from Panorama Education. You are highly encouraged to watch the brief 6-minute video, from the Panorama site, explaining the SEL vision as well as Fresno's success story.
The USPM-2, just as is true for CASEL, Panorama Education, and others, strives to provide a research-based, data-driven, reliable and humanistic method/model to address the whole human, everything.
The USPM-2 moves beyond behaviorism and instead provides humanistic opportunities to understand and address the whole human - everything. A reciprocal-determinism model (Social Learning, Bandura & Walters) considers cognitions (Thinking), emotions (Feelings), and behaviors (Doing), within the setting (Environment/Social) and accounts for and addresses the complex interactions between and within them all.
"How do you measure the growth of an entire human?" (Michael Hanson, Former Superintendent)
The USPM-2 uses 10 domains to account for the whole human:
The classroom teacher rates his or her level of concern for each student in each domain from 1-5.
1 and 2 indicate Mild or No concerns and are considered Tier I.
Note: the USPM-2 is NOT utilized for students in crisis; if a student is in crisis take immediate appropriate actions.
"How would you define a moment?" Will Hoffman, RadioLab
Establishing levels of concern along a multi-tiered system of support is not a new concept for modern schools and districts. Most already are doing that through RtI and PBIS-MTSS. Here is what is different about the USPM-2: teachers' phenomenology* and perceptions are valued. The teacher almost always knows his or her students better than anyone else on campus.
Teachers' ratings provide real and powerful data.
Ratings are not just a "gut instinct," but instead reflect their professional judgement - teachers know their students! The USPM-2 doesn't ask teachers to go give several tests to "prove" their ratings (but if asked, any teacher could provide all kinds of testing and other data to support their ratings). Teachers are very busy people... they don't have time to go give a bunch of tests to show the student is low in reading... they already know who is low in reading. The USPM-2 values teacher's time.
*Phenomenology, as used in the USPM-2, means the rater's perception, based on everything s/he knows. For example, the teacher rates the level of concern as a "3," based on countless hours of observations, student comments and discussions, classroom performance, parent input and communications, test and quiz scores, nationally-normed scores, formal and informal academic measures, personal and observed interpersonal dynamics in class, the hallways, cafeteria, and playground, seeing and helping the student cope with bad days or moments during the school year, celebrating victories and birthdays, watching him or her learn to play an instrument or scoring 8 points in the basketball game or finishing his homework for the first time all year... etc. When you think about it, all that data is much more powerful than say, a 12 on a DIBELs.
Phenomenology, in and of itself, goes much deeper and is a scientific as well as a philosophical approach. Time and space limitations do not allow an in-depth discussion of phenomenology at this time but the interested reader is encouraged to research the term further.
It is true that not everyone perceives the world in the same way. Some teachers rate all of their students as a "1" while others feel all of their students are a "5"! It is therefore useful to implement a norming/calibration process to "get everyone on the same page of the book." This is not a new concept: teachers have always collaborated to insure a grade of A, for example, is the same for Student A as it is for Student B.
Usually, during a grade-level meeting or other professional collaborative event, teachers can discuss their levels of concern for their students and can mutually agree upon an understood system. With practice and experience, teachers will soon become experts at consistently rating their levels of concern. The Ratings KEY operationally defines the three tiers.
There are a few "calibration/norming activities" I have found useful. Contact me for more information.
The USPM-2 is proving to be highly flexible and can meet the needs of schools/districts in many ways, including:
Many professional educators (myself included) oftentimes feel "swamped" with so many programs, laws, procedures, regulations, etc. with which to deal on a daily basis. The USPM-2 is like 8 programs in one (RtI, Rti2, PBIS, MTSS, SST/SAT, SEL, ESSA/Digitial Chalkboard, and Dyslexia screenings)!
Use the USPM-2 to implement the other programs! Think of the time and cost savings.
The USPM-2 is being successfully implemented in three schools (Princeton, Morningside, Nueva Vista) in the Delano Union School District in Kern County, California. Fremont School most likely will begin soon.
Will your school be next?
Will your classroom be next?
A lot has been happening in education in the past six months. Keep checking back as there are new developments on an almost daily basis... revolution is quick change and we are having an educational revolution.
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(August 19th, 2017) Hello and here's hoping your school year is off to a great start! The USPM-2 has great potential to help students in many ways. I hope you will visit the USPM-2 page, download it and try it for FREE, register, and join the new forum - make this the most spectacular year ever for you and your students!
I highly recommend you check out the USPM-2!
See you soon!