Collaborative Problem-Solving Model

Menta Problem-Solving Model & TABS: An Approach To Student Excellence

Focusing on Student Performance and School Accountability

One of the primary goals of Special Education is to close the gap in achievement between general education and special education students by providing specifically designed instruction to meet the unique needs of the individual student. At the Menta Group, we believe that all children can be successful.  Our goal is to ensure that all students master the academic and social skills necessary for an independent and productive life.  In order to meet these goals, we utilize a problem-solving approach for improving student performance in both academic and social-emotional learning.

Our  problem-solving model provides a framework that:

  1. Provides science-based strategies to support teaching and learning: Educational research informed the development of our three-tiered system of interventions and supports.  Our model begins with strategies that have been empirically demonstrated to be effective in instruction, learning, and behavior support.
  2. Utilizes data to drive our decision making: A comprehensive system of student assessment is used to match individual student needs with appropriate interventions and supports, to closely monitor student progress, and to evaluate the effectiveness of selected interventions and supports.
  3. Provides a flexible service delivery to support the unique needs of each student:  Armed with a continuum of available science-based interventions and supports as well as performance-based data, teaching and clinical staff collaborate to quickly identify and respond to individual student needs.   School resources are used most efficiently to ensure that all students continue to make progress. We do not give up on our students!

Within our problem-solving model, interventions and supports are organized into a three-tier educational framework.

Tier 1 is the foundation of our educational model.  This tier includes our core curriculum, empirically-based learning delivery methodologies, and school-wide behavioral supports.   All students participate in a balanced literacy program which is based on findings of the National Reading Panel. All students benefit from a consistent and therapeutic learning environment that includes clear expectations for student behavior, direct instruction in necessary behavioral skills, positive classroom management strategies, and additional clinical support when needed.   Reading achievement data and behavioral data are collected and reviewed regularly to ensure that all students are making progress.

Tier 2 provides supplemental interventions and supports for students who require more intensive services, as indicated by the assessment data described above.  Tier 2 interventions and supports range from daily participation in Read 180 (an intensive reading intervention program) to short-term, focused group counseling interventions, and simple behavior support plans.  While receiving Tier 2 services, student progress is monitored closely.  Based on a careful and ongoing analysis of these data, interventions and supports are modified to ensure continued progress.

Tier 3 provides a highly intensive level of services for students who are not making expected progress even with supplemental interventions and supports.  For these students, an individual intervention plan is developed by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, based on an evaluation of the student’s functioning in multiple domains.  The development of these plans is most often a collaborative process that includes the student’s parents/guardians and the rest of the IEP team.  Each intervention plan includes strategies for data collection and analysis to allow the team to closely monitor the student’s progress and quickly modify the plan when needed.