Below is a compiled list of recommended resources and tools to assist schools and districts with implementation of the necessary elements of a multi-tiered system of supports. Please click on the arrows to the left to explore more resources on each topic below.

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Differently Abled Learners
Multi-Lingual Learners
Cultural Diversity

Because students spend the majority of the school day in classrooms, this environment is particularly important to academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning. When we speak about the MTSS  framework in the classroom, we are referring to the instruction and practices that occur for all students, including diverse learners. An effective social-emotional/behavioral core at the classroom level supports effective classroom communities, and thus, academic achievement.

Evidence-based classroom practices should be utilized to improve student engagement and thus, academic outcomes. Classroom practices should be aligned with the school-wide expectations and include:

  • Minimize crowding and distraction
  • Maximize structure and predictability
  • Co-create behavior agreements with students
  • State, teach, review and support positively stated behavioral agreements
  • Maximize active engagement and varied opportunities to respond
  • Active supervision
  • Efficient and specific feedback regarding behavior
  • Consistent formation of strong community engagement through the use of restorative practices. 
  • Equity focused ongoing self-assessment and reflection for continuous improvement
Intervention practices for students who are receiving Tiers 2 and 3 supports should be integrated into the classroom setting. Additionally, students with IEPs and/or 504 plans as well as multilingual learners should also have access to integrated practices and strategies within the classroom setting.

Secondary Considerations
Although content is a large focus of academic learning at the secondary level, it is still critically important to focus on skills and behaviors that help students meet with academic success and become college- and career-ready. Educators should support students needing additional focus on executive functioning (such as homework, organization, and planning skills), as well as address skill deficits that may have grown larger over time. Additionally, motivation and engagement at the secondary level are key factors for student learning and should be addressed accordingly. To this end, connectedness and relationships between students themselves as well as students and educators are critical to success at the secondary level.  

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