Assisting Schools, Districts In Implementing MTSS With Fidelity

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Also known as Response to Intervention (RTI)

 Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports, or MTSS, involves an educational process that matches instructional and intervention strategies and supports to student needs in an informed, ongoing approach for planning, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction, curricular supports, and interventions. MTSS is more than a new thing; it is a systemic movement that ensures all students receive what they need, including Tier I general and differentiated classroom instruction, to strategic targeted supports for students in Tier II, and intensive interventions for students identified as needing Tier III.


Our goal

In all schools, there are pockets of excellence that exist, and we recognize and celebrate them. They include structures, courses, programs, and engaging teaching and learning strategies led and nurtured by school leaders and teachers who have developed their skills and sharpened their insight to a level much higher than “competent.” Similarly, across the South East Education Cooperative (SEEC) region, there are great leaders who have led their schools to organize effective professional learning communities (PLCs), embrace assessment literacy for all staff, or study student engagement strategies. These efforts broaden the base for effective instruction to flourish. The challenge is to improve the quality of instruction in every setting.

To that end, the SEEC’s goal is to assist schools and districts in implementing MTSS with fidelity, which begins by developing local implementation capacity. Effective use of the MTSS framework can provide all students with the appropriate and timely opportunities to succeed academically and behaviorally in school. Data are used to allocate resources to improve student learning and support staff implementation of effective practices.

SEEC completes a 2-year Middle School MTSS Cohort Training

For the past two years, the SEEC has been working with a cohort of eight teams representing the following districts: Finley-Sharon, Grand Forks, Hatton, Hillsboro, May-Port-CG, Valley City, Wahpeton and West Fargo. The focus of the first year addressed Tier I Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Academic Literacy instruction for Tiers I, II, and III. Year 2 enabled teams to look more deeply at strategic (Tier II) and intensive (Tier III) reading and behavior interventions, and create a system for supporting and implementing Tier II procedures and evidence-based strategies in their middle schools. In Year 3, the cohort will move beyond Tiers I and II, continuing their learning and use of data to improve the MTSS system fall the way through Tier III.

Director of Teaching & Learning Jennifer Glasheen kicks off an MTSS training session.
Director of Teaching & Learning kicks off an MTSS training session.

Opportunities abound for 2015-2016!

The SEEC will continue to provide professional learning opportunities for principals, superintendents and teacher teams. We are striving to listen and continuously improve what we do, so future MTSS professional development will be somewhat different from the current structure. Stay tuned for announcements through our many forms of communication: principal and administrator meetings, email listservs, monthly newsletters, website and social media (Facebook and Twitter). The next opportunity coming your way is the 5th annual conference hosted by the SEEC and the Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative (MDEC).


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 N.D. RTI/MTSS Conference | June 8-10, 2015

The 5th Annual N.D. RTI/MTSS Conference is coming to the Fargo Holiday Inn June 8 – 10, 2015 and once again as a great lineup of keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions to fit both elementary and secondary educators. Click any of the links below to find out more information on what you can expect.

REGISTER NOW More information:
Full 3-day Conference Conference at a Glance
2-day Conference Session Descriptions
CHAMPS Training ONLY Holiday Inn Room Block
 Keynote Speakers Credit Information



We’re going paperless! 

In our best efforts to be eco-friendly, we are going paperless! YOU will be responsible for printing or downloading ALL breakout session handouts prior to attending the conference. Keynote Session materials will still be provided on behalf of the SEEC/MDEC conference planning committee. All session handouts will be available to print or download at We will be uploading handouts/materials as we receive them from speakers, so please continue to check the website for updates. Thank you!

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