Insight Into Learning

February 2023

This month, the topic is Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). It is brought to you by Tim Boyer, Principal at Addams Elementary, and MTSS Coordinators Katherine Sloan (Addams) and Kristin Szymanski (Oak Ridge).

In the video, we explain how our schools and staff work to identify students needing assistance and then quickly provide appropriate support and implement plans to help those students succeed.


January 2023

Welcome to the first of many articles on curriculum news at Royal Oak Schools, prepared by our Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Joseph Youanes. This month we want to tell you about some of the learning that took place at Royal Oak Middle School during "Hour of Code."

The "Hour of Code" is a one-hour introduction to computer science, using fun tutorials to show that anybody can learn the basics. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts! Over the past years since its inception in 2013, the Hour of Code has reached tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Students at ROMS took part in the Hour of Code experience in the Learning Commons and in the classroom on December 7, 2022.

In other news, Royal Oak Schools has instructional coaches from DK-5th grade. Our Instructional Coaches are available to support all DK-5 teachers with any aspect of instructional practice. They have provided a menu of options teachers can select from, or teachers can approach coaches with something they already know they want to develop professionally. The coaches have already been facilitating late-start professional development sessions focused on Essential Practice 3- Small Group and individual instruction and have begun engaging in coaching cycles with a few teachers already. Although their office is located at Oakland Elementary, they regularly visit and work with teachers in all buildings.

Instructional Coaches

From L to R: Molly Brinker, Linda Burton, Kelly Stanesa, Kara Daunt