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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)


MTSS is a framework that organizes the adults in a system so they can provide a continuum of academic and behavioral supports to ALL students regardless of labels or diagnoses. The foundation of MTSS is strong, evidence-based, universally designed tier 1 instruction that ALL students receive. Additional evidence-based interventions matched to student need are provided at increased intensity as needed.


If you are interested in learning more about MTSS please see below for the various offerings: 

  • MTSS Scale-up Project – this is a 3-year cohort that provides district teams with intensive technical assistance and coaching on MTSS and implementation, learning, and networking opportunities with other districts in the work across the state and region. There is a short application and interview process (mostly to ensure fit and readiness to benefit) and is of no financial cost to the district. This is a good option if your district has already engaged in some exploration on MTSS already. 

  • District Capacity Assessment (DCA) administration and action planning – The DCA (developed by NIRN, if you’re not already familiar) is a great tool to use when considering the implementation of something like MTSS as it measures the degree to which your district has the necessary infrastructure to support the implementation of something new with sustainability. This is best done with a district leadership team followed by facilitated action planning. 

  • PBIS Implementation – positive behavior supports encompass the behavior side of an MTSS framework. Whether you are interested in exploring, refreshing, or implementing PBIS I can provide those supports as a certified PBIS trainer. 

  • Professional Learning/Consultation – professional learning or consultation in MTSS or any components or tools of an MTSS framework to suit your needs. 

If you are interested in any of the above or just have questions about MTSS please reach out to: 

Tori Hazelton, Ed.D