Building Blocks of a MTSS Framework

Virtual Training via Zoom

Please join the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Training and Consultation Team (TaC) for this training series.

Join AIU3, IU8, PaTTAN, Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden, and Dr. George Batsche for this year-long series that provides an overview of the building blocks of an effective MTSS system. Topics covered include an overview of MTSS, A Look at All Tiers, Effective Teaming for Integration, Effective Core Instruction, Implementing Class-wide, Small Group, and Individual Intervention. You may attend the entire series or individual sessions.


Intended Audience: Multi-Disciplinary MTSS teams, Grades K-12 General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, ESL Teachers, and Administrators interested in improving their MTSS System.


Educators who work for LEAs in the AIU3 region will have priority registration

  • There is no cost for this training
  • Act 48 hours available


Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net

Training Dates and Descriptions

Please use the blue hyperlinked Zoom Meeting Links below to attend the session. It may be helpful to copy and paste them into your calendars for easy access.

September 20, 2021

10:00AM-11:00AM

MTSS TEAM OVERVIEW, DR. MEGAN HORSH (IU8) AND CHRISTINA FRAZIER (AIU3)

This session will focus on the overall structure of an MTSS framework.

1:00PM-2:00PM

TEAMING AND INTEGRATION, DR. SIELKE CAPARELLI (PATTAN)

In this session, participants will learn about different aspects of creating and implementing successful teaming in academic and behavioral meetings.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/83967972111?pwd=c0p0bHlUZVlwczNnSlA4ZXRVWC92QT09

October 18, 2021

10:00AM-11:00AM

THE IMPORTANCE OF TIER 1, AMANDA WILLIAMSON (IU8) AND DR. SHELLY BURR (AIU3)

This session will focus on the critical nature of Tier 1 in any successful MTSS framework. Tips will be given on how to improve Tier 1 using evidence based strategies.

1:00PM-2:00PM

HIGHLY EFFECTIVE CORE INSTRUCTION, DR. JENNIFER COLLINS, STATE LEAD FOR MTSS (PATTAN)

This session will build on the Tier 1 session and clearly outline the components of highly effective core (Tier 1) instruction.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/85718733903?pwd=NlNXeGxsd01rVkhqMThMNVBRRjBDUT09

November 15, 2021

10:00AM-11:30AM

AN INTRODUCTION TO TIER 1.5 (CLASS-WIDE INTERVENTION), DR. AMANDA VANDERHEYDEN

This session, led by national expert Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden, will assist educators in implementing classwide intervention as a sustainable and practical response to scattered skill development and learning loss as a result of COVID-19.

1:00PM-2:00PM

TIER 1.5 IN PRACTICE, JARED CAMPBELL, STATE LEAD FOR MATHEMATICS (PATTAN)

This session will build on Dr. VanDerHeyden’s morning session to include the logistics of implementation in the classroom.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/85429901701?pwd=ejRJSjllOVlCWWxxckxJcVVtZENXUT09

January 18, 2022

10:00AM-11:00AM

THE TIE BETWEEN TIERS 1 AND 2, AMANDA WILLIAMSON (IU8) AND KATE STUCKEY (AIU3)

This session will provide an overview of the alignment necessary between Tiers 1 and 2 in all subject areas.

1:00PM-2:00PM

EFFECTIVE TIER 2 INTERVENTION, JARED CAMPBELL, STATE LEAD FOR MATHEMATICS; DR. PAMELA KASTNER, STATE LEAD FOR LITERACY; CHANDA TALLEEN, CO-REGIONAL LEAD FOR BEHAVIOR (PATTAN)

This series of sessions (breakout rooms) will be led by the PaTTAN state leads for each area Zoom Meeting Link:

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/81977931616?pwd=NTdnRjd3eEhXRWxDbUlqd2lOSnM1Zz09

February 7, 2022

10:00AM-11:00AM

LAYERED INTERVENTION, DR. MEGAN HORSH (IU8) AND DR. LAURA MILLER (AIU3)

This session is designed to give participants an understanding of the layered intervention necessary for students needing Tier 3 supports.

1:00PM-2:00PM

RTI FOR SLD, DR. ERICA KAURUDAR, STATE LEAD FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY AND DR. DREW HUNTER, PATTAN

This session is designed to give an overview of the process of applying to using RTI for SLD Determination. Schools who are not interested in applying should still attend, as best practices in reaching fidelity within your MTSS framework will be discussed.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/83476990206?pwd=RzZVMmh5aXd0TEpKSThCUTFOY1NyUT09

March 21, 2022

9:00AM-12:00PM

TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR MTSS SYSTEM, DR. GEORGE BATSCHE

This session is designed to address the most common issues facing Allegheny County LEAs in their implementation of an MTSS framework. Those wishing to have questions or concerns addressed may submit to Dr. Laura Miller (laura.miller@aiu3.net) for consideration.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/87452188069?pwd=c3dZbituWjdrajNCVmNUN3c1d21mdz09

May 16, 2022

9:00AM-12:00PM

PLANNING YOUR MTSS SYSTEM FOR 2022-2023, DR. GEORGE BATSCHE

This session is designed to prepare educators to integrate the pieces of their MTSS framework as they move forward in implementation.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/84660539401?pwd=dmZDZ1FvUG9YWW55RTM0SUdVcEdaQT09

Contact Information:

Training Content Questions:

Dr. Laura Miller laura.miller@aiu3.net


Registration Questions:

Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net