Montgomery County ( MD) Public School’s (MCPS) Collaborative Action Process (CAP): Multi-tiered prevention, early intervention and identification. Educational Reform… Getting from here to there…. Matthew J. Kamins, Supervisor of Psychological Services
Montgomery County ( MD) Public School’s (MCPS) Collaborative Action Process (CAP):Multi-tiered prevention, early intervention and identification
Getting from here to there…
Matthew J. Kamins, Supervisor of Psychological Services
Brent Myers, School Psychologist & CAP Team Leader
Montgomery CountySize: 497 square milesPopulation: 942,000Approximately one of every seven residents is a public school student. Schools2004-05 total: 192Elementary (preK-5): 125Middle (6-8): 36High (9-12): 24Special or Alternative: 6Career/Technology Center: 1Transportation1,202 buses transported 97,000 studentsEmployeesTotal: 19,951Teachers: 10,63278.5 percent of teachers have a Masters degree or equivalent.
EnrollmentLargest in Maryland17th largest in U.S.Projected, 2004: 140,492Projected, 2008: 145,622
2004-05 total: 139,203PreK: 2,287Kindergarten: 8,889Grades 1-5: 52,861Grades 6-8: 32,314Grades 9-12: 42,834Special Schools: 656Alternative Programs: 236
DemographicsAfrican American: 22.1%American Indian: 0.3%Asian American: 14.3%Hispanic: 18.7%White: 44.6%
Students receiving free & reduced meals (FARMS): 22.3%English for speakers of other languages (ESOL): 11,961
International students: from more than 163 countries
Over 120 languages spoken
Students receiving special education services: 17,013MCPS Facts & Figures
Is it the Fish or the Water?
Adapted from: Beth Doll, University of Colorado
Intensive Intervention: Evidence-based interventions that are comprehensive, coordinated, interagency supported, culturally competent, family focused, of high quality, and sustain help
Early Intervention: Provide proven structured and targeted remedial academic & mental/emotional support to students placed at-risk
Primary Prevention(School-wide): Promote academic & mental/emotional wellness for all students through: family involvement, positive school climate, social skills, teacher training, individualized instruction, teamconsultation, collaborative problem solving
Adapted from: Dwyer, K. & Osher, D. (2000) Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide. Washington DC: U.S. Departments of Education
and Justice, American Institutes for Research. (page 3)
All school staff, parents, and community supports are involved as needed.
Gaithersburg ES Demographics
the CAP team, with the help of the school psychologist, was able to develop promising strategies. These strategies/interventions were utilized to identify accurate goals and objectives for students later identified for special education services.
LOUD APPLAUSE !