MTSS: What You Need to Know

North Carolina is implementing an MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Support) framework that promotes school improvement through academic, behavioral, and social emotional practices to ensure growth and success for all students. 

Clover Garden School believes that ALL children are able to grow and learn in classrooms that provide effective instruction tailored to meet the needs of each learner. We believe the MTSS process will help foster student engagement, positive social interactions, and academic achievement for all students. 

Some words you may hear as we implement the MTSS framework at CGS:

“Tier”- all students at Clover Garden will be in a tier of the MTSS framework, students will be placed in a tier based on their individual needs

“Behavior matrix”- expectations throughout the building of how students should conduct themselves

“universal screener”- an assessment given to all students to determine strengths and struggles in both academic and behavioral areas

Resources on MTSS in NC, as well as interventions you can try at home:

NC PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEBPAGE

Contains helpful information and resources about programs being implemented in NC, including MTSS. 

MTSS LIVE BINDER

The purpose of this LiveBinder is to explicitly outline processes, practices, and resources necessary to establish a Multi-Tiered System of Support (NC MTSS). This LiveBinder is a companion to the blended professional development created and delivered by the Division of Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems (IABS) at the NC Department of Public Instruction. The blended professional development is delivered through face-to-face and online content from the NC IABS Consultants to District MTSS Teams. 

FLORIDA CENTER FOR READING RESEARCH

The Florida Center for Reading Research is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University that was established in 2002 by the Governor’s office and Legislature. Currently, FCRR is home to nine tenured and tenure-track faculty members holding joint appointments with the College of Arts & Sciences or College of Education.Part of the Florida Center for Reading Research’s mission is to disseminate information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in Pre-K through 12th grade. To this end, FCRR has provided a selection of resources and materials of particular interest to education practitioners. This includes a number of classroom activities developed by teachers at FCRR for use in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms and pedagogical information for empowering teachers with the skills and knowledge for effective instruction in the classroom. These materials have been developed through the Center’s commitment to applied research projects with the purpose of providing information that can be used to improve reading instruction to all students. Additional resources such as a glossary of terms and the FCRR report on corrective reading may provide further insight into the usefulness of the materials provided.

STUDY ISLAND

Founded in 2000, Study Island, an Edmentum product, helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement. Our online suite of products uses technology to transform education. All of our programs are designed to create a very user-friendly experience for students and teachers. (Students will need a login)

PANORAMA EDUCATION

Finding effective, evidence-based intervention strategies is one of the biggest challenges of implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). As educators, we know that no single intervention will work for every student in every situation. The magic happens when we deeply understand the student, select interventions tailored to his or her needs, and try new strategies if the student isn’t responding. Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of intervention ideas curated from our school and district partners.

ENGAGE NY

EngageNY was created and is currently maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. Anyone with access to the Internet can visit EngageNY and download free materials from the New York State Education Department, including all available curriculum materials. While the New York State Education Department is not positioned to provide guidance on the implementation of EngageNY curriculum in other states, use of our curriculum materials is not restricted to certain users. As part of Race to the Top federal funding, the New York State Education Department worked with various partners to develop curriculum materials for grades Pre-K to 12 in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA), and these materials are available for download from EngageNY. In 2015, the New York State Education Department added links to Social Studies Inquiries that are also available free to all users.

UNDERSTOOD

Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support. Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.

ISTATION

A K-3 resource, Istation was selected by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to support the Read to Achieve (RtA) diagnostic. Enacted by the North Carolina legislature, RtA is designed to ensure that all children in the state of North Carolina master the skills they need to become successful readers. Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP™) Early Reading is a sophisticated, web-delivered computer-adaptive testing (CAT) system that provides continuous progress monitoring (CPM) by frequently assessing and reporting student ability in critical domains of reading throughout the academic year. Plus, K-3 teachers and students in North Carolina get access to ISIP Oral Reading Fluency assessment, which provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their reading accuracy through the oral reading of text and the collection of a running record.

ISTATION

This tool is coming soon. All students and parents will be provided a log-in when this tool becomes available.

Parents knowledge of a child’s strengths and needs are essential to his/her success.  We are excited to venture on this journey with your collaboration and support.  

Please contact your child’s teacher or me directly if you have any questions or concerns. 

Mrs. Melissa Quimby
MTSS Coordinator