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Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities.

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Mike Mattos

Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work™ model, which builds on the foundation of the PLC at Work™ process by using team structures and a focus on learning, collaboration, and results to drive successful outcomes.

He is former principal of Marjorie Veeh Elementary School and Pioneer Middle School in California. At both schools, Mike helped create powerful PLCs, improving learning for all students. In 2004, Marjorie Veeh, an elementary school with a large population of youth at risk, won the California Distinguished School and National Title I Achieving School awards.

A National Blue Ribbon School, Pioneer is among only 13 schools in the US 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 series 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 secondary schools and, in 2009 and 2011, 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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  • Endless Possibilities
  • Beyond Buy-In: Creating Consensus and Ownership in a PLC
  • PLCs and RTI: How to Build the Foundation for Effective Systematic Interventions
  • Convergent Assessment: Universal Screening, Formative Assessment, and Progress Monitoring in a Secondary RTI Program
  • Filling the Cracks: How to Create a Systematic Intervention Program
  • Putting It All Together: Examining a Model Secondary RTI Program
  • Learning CPR: Creating Powerful Responses When Students Don’t Learn
  • Where the Rubber Hits the Road
  • It’s Just “Ed”: A Practical Look at Response to Intervention
  • Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
  • On Solid Ground: How PLC Practices Create the Foundation for a Successful RTI Program
  1. Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | 06/01/16 – 06/03/16

  2. Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute

    Seattle, Washington | 08/09/16 – 08/11/16

  3. RTI at Work™ Institute

    New Orleans, Louisiana | 10/05/15 – 10/07/15

  4. RTI at Work™ Institute

    Minneapolis, Minnesota | 10/26/15 – 10/28/15

  5. RTI at Work™ Workshop

    Seattle, Washington | 10/21/15 – 10/22/15

    Mike Mattos
  6. RTI at Work™ Workshop

    Abbotsford, British Columbia | 09/02/15 – 09/03/15

    Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos
  7. RTI at Work™ Workshop

    Pasadena, California | 12/03/15 – 12/04/15

    Mike Mattos

“I just wanted to follow up on behalf of my fellow principals and thank you for your work with us last week here in Orem, Utah. Our day with you was a home run. This day led to changes in attitude, conversions if you will, and laid the groundwork for some open and honest discussions back in our buildings. My staff ate it up, and they are all over it—in fact, we spent Friday having discussions around the 5 Essential Elements. Thanks for your work in laying that foundation as we move forward. Best wishes in your continued work, and I hope our paths will cross many more times.”
—Vallen Thomas, principal, Foothill Elementary, Utah

“Here is a testament to the ‘power of Mike.’ I had a principal who heard Mike at the Pyramid Response to Intervention 2-Day Workshop (in Vancouver). Within 24 hours of returning home, he emailed me the first semester of the grade 8 Carrier language essential learning outcomes, including the standard, examples of rigor, prior skills required, common assessment, and an appropriate timeline. The ball is rolling! Mike has made an impact already in some of our schools, and I have received overwhelmingly positive feedback on his two-day workshops.”
—Karen Linkert, teacher certification principal, First Nations Schools Association, British Columbia, Canada

“Mike gives substance to PLCs and RTI. He gives simple hands-on instruction. He is connected to schools and students. He knows our real-life challenges and gives us a variety of ideas to help us solve problems and overcome obstacles. He inspires our teacher hearts. He is practical. He takes us to higher-level thinking and gives us tools to improve.”
—Kathe Riding, principal, Columbia Elementary School, Utah

“That was the best PD day I have experienced in 40 years of teaching. There was no magic bullet, no forms to fill out, just an ongoing plan to make things better! Wow, I can do that!”
—David Raterink, mathematics teacher, Hudsonville High School, Michigan

PLC at Work™

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, and Mike Mattos, the architects of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.
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RTI at Work™

RTI at Work™ creators Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, and Chris Weber are recognized worldwide for their expertise in implementing RTI in a variety of settings, often with limited personnel and dwindling resources. Their collective experience will empower you to build your own timely, targeted, and systematic intervention program to impact student learning.
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