ESU 10 Introduces Multi-Tiered System of Supports  

October 08, 2014
The focus of ESU 10 is to provide high quality and timely services to member districts. We believe it is our responsibility to inform schools regarding current state and national initiatives. Members of the ESU 10 Problem Solving Leadership Team (PSLT) had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Educational Leadership Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado this past June. At the conference the team was introduced to the national movement away from Response to Intervention toward a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. 

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework incorporating RTI and Problem Solving for all students. The ESU 10 vision of this framework is represented through our infographic. The center of our work in schools focuses on positive student outcomes for every child. The MTSS framework takes into account the need for a coherent continuum of evidence-based system wide practices to support a rapid response to academic and non-academic needs for all students. Students are provided with rigorous curriculum and instruction driven by assessment and frequent data-based monitoring. Problem Solving is the process by which assessment data is used to make decisions at the system, group, and individual levels. The steps included in this process are: 1) define the area of need; 2) develop a plan; 3) implement the plan; and 4) evaluate the plan. This process must take place within a system that has strong leadership, an empowering culture for students, staff, and families, and continual opportunities for goal driven professional learning.

The Problem Solving Leadership Team will continue to build capacity within our schools by providing training opportunities to increase their understanding of MTSS and the correlation to the Response to Intervention process. On September 15th the PLST offered training at ESU 10 to district teams. At the training, teams completed an implementation rubric which will serve as an informational resource (i.e., blueprint, roadmap of problem solving implementation), measure fidelity of implementation, and assist with planning for an action plan as part of continuous school improvement. The PSLT is evaluating each school’s action plan and strategically planning for additional supports based on need. The PSLT is committed to empowering schools as they create an integrated systemic approach for meeting the needs of all students.

-by Dallas Lewandowski and Bethany Hyatt