MTSS: Collaborative Implementation – How it Works, What it Takes


Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a coherent continuum of evidence-based, system-wide practices to support a rapid response to academic and behavioral needs, with frequent data-based monitoring for instructional decision making to promote the achievement of high standards. MTSS involves the integration of student supports, including Response to Intervention (RtI), into one coherent system of instruction, assessment, and intervention driven by school-based problem-solving teams that collaborate to improve the outcomes of every student.

This guide serves as a starting point for the successful adoption and embedded sustainability of MTSS. It is based on an MTSS Formula for Success that identifies the What, How/Who, Where, and Why for implementing MTSS at the building level, with a focus on the Stages of Implementation to engage all stakeholders collaboratively in the process. It references the Active Implementation Frameworks found in the discipline known as Implementation Science, which offers in-depth information, tools, and other resources for leaders wanting to build staff capacity and improve student outcomes.

It includes guiding questions for exploration, practices that facilitate effective systems, best practice indicators for MTSS infrastructure, implementation outcome look-fors.

By Karen Kemp, Ph.D. & Sharon Poole, M.A. 2018. 6 pages. ISBN 978-1-93853-995-4. #NP219.

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