MTSS: A Proactive Way to Approach Existing School Challenges  

August 24, 2015
MTSS, or Multi-Tiered System of Supports, is a term used to describe a framework of proactive instruction and support for students. Using MTSS, schools and staff members work to identify effective resources and improve skills. Schools previously using RtI integrate that process as they develop the model. Most commonly, MTSS addresses reading, math and behavior, but it can be used to address other areas. The goal is to prevent problems or to identify and respond to students’ needs in a timely manner. MTSS includes proactive ways to approach existing challenges.

MTSS relies on evidence-based practices and data-based problem solving. The process is flexible and designed by each school to meet the needs of that school and their individual students. In order to serve ESU 10 schools and assist their MTSS implementation efforts, the Teaching & Learning and Special Ed Departments have developed an MTSS Facilitator/Coach position to be staffed for the 2015-2016 school year. The MTSS Facilitator/Coach will be available for technical assistance to schools, as the needs assessment of each school suggests.


Patrice Feller has been assigned as ESU 10’s MTSS Facilitator/Coach. If you don’t know Patrice, she has served ESU 10 northern schools as a school psychologist for the past 13 years. Her experience also includes having served as an elementary special education department head for Millard Public Schools and as a resource teacher for both Millard and ESU 9 schools. She is a certified elementary teacher who has co-taught in inclusive classroom settings, and she has had a variety of kindergarten through 12th grade special education responsibilities.

Patrice Feller
MTSS Facilitator/Coach
MTSS Information video

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