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Advancing best practices in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) at the secondary level throughout North Carolina

The North Carolina MTSS (formerly RtI) Consortium was formed in 2010 to catalyse implementation in nearby North Carolina districts of “Multi-Tiered Systems of Support” (MTSS): the process of providing high quality instruction and interventions to struggling students, frequently monitoring their progress to make changes in instruction or goals, and applying student response data to educational decisions. While an earlier grant focused on elementary schools, this grant supports the adoption of RTI in middle and high schools.

“The purpose and passion behind my work is helping students and teachers identify WHY a particular student or group of students is struggling and WHAT can be done to address and overcome it. Shifting the educational mindset from reactionary to preventative has been quite the challenge…the consortium has not only re-energized me but has also helped me learn how to put theory to practice...”

– Jennifer Reilly, school psychologist in Guilford Co.

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • There is significantly less research regarding secondary implementation of MTSS, particularly in high schools, than that regarding primary implementation.
  • From August to December 2016, nearly 30 different school districts have already participated in NC MTSS Consortium Workshops.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1. Strengthen teacher capacity

5. Build demand

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- 1 in 5

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Alisha N. Schiltz

Position: NC MTSS Consortium Director

Email: ncmtssconsortium@gmail.com

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

The funding provided through the Oak Foundation has allowed the NC MTSS Consortium to be a resource for districts throughout the state of North Carolina.  The Consortium has been able to learn about best practices in regards to implementing a multi-tiered system of support and continue to work to share those evidence-based practices across the state.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

The biggest challenge the NC MTSS Consortium faces is that we are a grass-roots group.  Every professional within the group is a full-time employee of a NC school district.  We have the heart and the drive to do great things, but time is the resource we lack the most.

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Ten school districts surrounding the Chapel Hill area are members of the NC MTSS Consortium, which identifies systems and structures to implement and sustain MTSS implementation from the district to the individual classroom level. It focuses on four goals: 1) essential elements of the MTSS model and effective practices; 2) mechanisms and structures to ensure fidelity; 3) systems and structures to support sustainability; and 4) an evaluation process for MTSS implementation. As a result of the Oak Foundation’s initial grant to the Consortium, it developed a performance assessment and implementation planning tool, formed a collaborative partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), and hosted a Learning Conference to share the Consortium’s work with 150 representatives from member districts. The Consortium has now become a national model of collaborative work to support strong MTSS models.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

Through its current grant from Oak, the Consortium is identifying and piloting solutions to the common structural barriers to MTSS encountered at the secondary level. Another specific focus is on the successful engagement of families and “activating student voices.” There is a need across all membership districts to move beyond “notification” and truly engage families and community partners. In addition, the consortium is exploring how it can harness and activate student voices within an MTSS implementation at the school and district level.

 

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