Seattle Public School Launches Student Supports Division
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) appointed Wyeth Jessee to Chief of Student Supports. Effective July 1, Jessee will provide leadership to the new Student Supports division with a focus on the implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model.
MTSS is a framework designed to accelerate academic and social/emotional learning behaviors for all students through high quality instruction and intervention. Jessee will continue to report to Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Michael Tolley.
“Wyeth’s knowledge of Seattle Public Schools, expertise in instructional leadership, advancement of transformational systems and demonstrated commitment to equity will be vital in this new role,” said Michael Tolley, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.
After several months of internal stakeholder engagement, SPS launched a multi-phased restructure of the central office to increase support to schools, build system coherence and improve accountability.
Under this restructure, a new division of Student Supports has been created and includes: behavioral supports, counseling, nursing, Special Education, English Language Learners (ELL) and the Advanced Learning services and will work in close partnership with the Curriculum and Instruction division.
By bringing these services into one division, the district can better support schools and ensure that each and every student has the right supports, matched to their unique strengths and needs.
In his new role, Jessee will continue to supervise the Special Education department, building on the department’s recent success and providing continuity of service to students, schools and families.
Moving forward the Special Education Department will focus on systems improvement, hiring high quality special education teachers, the roll out of the continuum of services and the meaningful participation of students with special needs in every setting within the district. SPS is conducting a competitive search to fill Jessee’s former role as Executive Director of Special Education.