Mike Mattos is recognised throughout North America for his work in the areas of response to intervention and professional learning communities. He is coauthor of the best-selling book Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn, which was a 2009 finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Mike is former principal of both Marjorie Veeh Elementary School and Pioneer Middle School in Tustin, California. At these schools, Mike used RTI and PLC practices to create a collaborative environment among his staff and improve learning for all students.
In 2004, Marjorie Veeh Elementary, a school with a large population of youth at risk, won the California Distinguished School and Title I Achieving School awards. A National Blue Ribbon School, Pioneer is one of only 13 schools in the nation selected by the GE Foundation as a “Best-Practice Partner” and is one of eight schools chosen by Dr. Richard DuFour to be featured in the video The Power of Professional Learning Communities at Work ™: Bringing the Big Ideas to Life. Based on standardized test scores, Pioneer ranks among the top 1 percent of California middle schools and in 2009 was named Orange County’s top middle school. For his leadership, Mike was named the Orange County Middle School Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.
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