Skip to main content
Pages and Files
Critical Component Resources
Webinars and Video Library
NC MTSS Guidance- Livebinder
This wiki space is organized around the four work groups involved in implementing a statewide MTSS: Communication & Visibility, Professional Development, Research & Evaluation, Technical Assistance & Coaching. Feel free to peruse and provide feedback.
Communication & Visibility
Research & Evaluation
Tools for District Teams
Self Assessment of MTSS (SAM)
Technical Assistance & Coaching
Background and Tools
Coordinator Virtual Coaching
State DPI MTSS Team
Secondary MTSS: Implementing MTSS in middle and high schools
Welcome to your Secondary MTSS page. This page is a starting point for learning more about implementing MTSS in North Carolina middle and high schools. This page is designed to:
In 2011, our state collaborated with the Oak Foundation on a Secondary Grant to install and implement an MTSS framework in selected pilot sites. Learn more about the Oak Foundation by exploring the following link:
Oak Foundation's Learning Differences Program
Goals of the Grant: Install, implement and sustain a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in a middle/high school feeder pattern leading to
Increases in student achievement, graduation rates & student attendance rates
Reduction in office discipline referrals, out of school suspensions and dropout rates
Increases in alignment of resources and practices
In 2011, three districts were selected and agreed to begin the work of exploring and installing MTSS in secondary sites. These three districts were: Asheville City Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, and Johnston County Schools. In 2015, the initial sites were offered the opportunity to expand to an additional feeder pattern, and, two new districts were invited into the work. One district, Carteret County Schools came on board.
Pilot sites selected school and district team members to attend national conferences, exploring Secondary MTSS. In addition to national conference attendance, the work has focused on 3 areas: academic literacy,
and math. After training on MTSS as a framework for total school improvement, the three pilot sites targeted their work on academic literacy. Two different approaches to academic literacy* have been utilized: Content Literacy Continuum and Keys to Literacy. The initial sites focused on Content Literacy Continuum and the expansion site focused on Keys to Literacy. PBIS training has been available and offered within the district. Math training on universal screening and core curriculum and instruction took place in the third year of the grant, in 2014.
*Additional information on the literacy approaches is available here:
Content Literacy Continuum:
Keys to Literacy:
To learn more about our Secondary Grant and participating schools and districts, please review the Grant History file below:
Contact information for connecting with pilot sites and districts:
Asheville City Schools:
Asheville City Schools
Asheville Middle School
Asheville High School
District MTSS Coordinator: Liz Massey
Cabarrus County Schools:
Cabarrus County Schools
Harold E. Winkler Middle School
Mount Pleasant High School
Mount Pleasant Middle School
Northwest Cabarrus Middle School
Northwest Cabarrus High School
District MTSS Coordinator: Holly Niedermeyer,
Carteret County Schools:
Carteret County Schools
Newport Middle School
West Carteret High School
District MTSS Coordinator: Heather Boston,
Start your exploration by listening to those who have engaged in this work. To support your learning, we are capturing stories from our middle and high school pilot sites, including website connections and helpful resources. We hope you enjoy exploring secondary implementation in our state.
Problem Solving: A Perceived Tardy Problem
Listen (4:11) as Adam Olander, Assistant Principal at West Carteret High School shares how that his team used the problem-solving model to delve into a perceived tardy problem.
Listen to stories from the field on effective scheduling practices and active engagement
In this video clip (2:33), Wake County students and staff talk about their SMART lunch program.
Active Engagement: Academic Literacy
In this video clip (5:10), Dr. Feldman talks about engaging both our students and our staff in the work.
Also, please check out this National Public Radio audio clip (17:42):
March 11 –
We visit with Dr. Kevin Feldman, a
national expert on literacy who has been leading events around the state to help educators as part of the
“Improving Academic Literacy” project.
Also joining us is Connie Molony, English language arts specialist with the South East Education Cooperative
Quotes and supporting documents follow:
"Everyone does everything." "Learning is not a spectator sport." "Mistakes are a part of learning." "Focus on what we can control."
Actionable Feedback for Teachers.pdf
Right Questions Right Way.pdf
To honor our time and resources, start with what is proven to work. Check out this quick-start video that shows you how to use the Doing What Works Library.
Consider exploring these IES Practice Guides to further conversation in your school or district. Click on the image to access web resources and the IES Practice Guide. Or, click on the file below the image to access the Practice Guide.
As you explore MTSS implementation in middle and high schools, consider the following resources:
Early Warning Systems: universal screening and early warning systems work together to problem solve core and provide effective supports for students. Consider learning more about Early Warning Systems through these free resources:
The Early Warning Systems Learning Series
Check out promising practices for decreasing student absenteeism at
Our work is to ensure that everyone graduates. Check out the
Everyone Graduates Center
Check out Content Literacy Continuum:
Check out Keys to Literacy:
Middle School Matters Institute:
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
High School Self Study Guide:
Self Study Guide for Implementing High School Academic Interventions
Reaching All High School Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach
Better High Schools
Early Warning Systems
Middle School Matters
NC Virtual Public High Schools
College and Career Readiness and Success Center
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"