MTSS Consultant Presentations by Critical Components(North Carolina has adapted the critical components from collaboration with Florida MTSS Project)This page houses handouts and/notes pages provided as part of professional development or technical assistance to LEAs, Regional or State-wide Groups.
Leadership is key to successful implementation of any large-scale innovation. The building principal, assistant principal(s), and school leadership team are critical to implementing MTSS at the school level. They engage staff in ongoing professional development for implementing MTSS, plan strategically for MTSS implementation, and model a problem-solving process for school improvement. The school principal also supports the implementation of MTSS by communicating a vision and mission to school staff, providing resources for planning and implementing instruction and intervention, and ensuring that staff have the data needed for data-based problem-solving.

MTSS Overview Survey

MTSS Overview Poster Presentation

Presented at Summer Leadership Conference, June 2016 in Asheville, NC by Amy Jablonski:
District and School Leadership Connections

MTSS Initial Implementation

Data-based Problem Solving
The use of data-based problem-solving to make education decisions is a critical element of MTSS implementation. This includes the use of data-based problem-solving for student outcomes across content areas, grade levels, and tiers, as well as the use of problem-solving to address barriers to school wide implementation of MTSS. While several models for data-based problem-solving exist, the four step problem-solving approach evaluated in this instrument includes: 1) defining the goals and objectives to be attained, 2) identify possible reasons why the desired goals are note being attained, 3) developing a plan for implementing evidence-based strategies to attain goals, 4) evaluating the effectiveness of the plan.

Data Evaluation
Given the importance of data-based problem-solving within an MTSS model, the need for data and evaluation system is clear. In order to do data-based problem-solving, school staff need to understand and have access to data sources that address the purposes of assessment. Procedures and protocols for administering assessments and data use allow school staff to use student data to make educational decisions. In addition to student data, data on the fidelity of MTSS implementation allow school leadership to examine the current practices and make changes for improving MTSS implementation.

Comprensive Assessment System Handout
Comprehensive Assessment System Note-taking Guide

Three Tiers Instructional/InterventionThe three-tiered instructional/intervention model is another critical element of MTSS implementation. In a typical system, Tier 1 includes the instruction all students get; Tier 2 includes additional instruction or intervention provided to students not meeting benchmarks; and Tier 3 includes intensive, small group or individual interventions for students showing significant barriers to learning the skills required for school success. It is important to consider both academic and social-emotional/behavioral instruction and interventions when examining this domain.

Instructional Fidelity Session Handout coming soon

Core Participant Notes

Building the Capacity/Infrastructure for ImplementationSchool-wide capacity and infrastructure are required in order to implement and sustain MTSS. This capacity and infrastructure usually include ongoing professional development and coaching with an emphasis on data-based problem-solving and multi-tiered instruction and intervention; scheduling that allows staff to plan and implement instruction and intervention; and processes and procedures for engaging in data-based problem-solving.

Communication and CollaborationOngoing communication and collaboration are essential for successful implementation of MTSS. Many innovations fail due to a lack of consensus, lack of feedback to implementers to support continuous improvement, and not involving stakeholders in planning. In addition to including stakeholders in planning and providing continuous feedback, it is also important to build the infrastructure to communication and work with families and other community partners. These practices increase the likelihood that innovative practices will be implemented and sustained.

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