MTSS Spring Updates

Setting Intentions

Last August, our teachers participated in professional learning with Generation Wellness. We learned strategies for self-care as well as integrating social-emotional and behavior skills into our student's learning. One take-away for me was the strategy of setting intentions.

My intention for this newsletter is to bring awareness to the work each school is doing and leave you interested in finding out more information! I encourage you to seek out the leadership teams in each school to ask questions. YOUR input is valued!

~Beth Bourque, MTSS Administrator

What have we been working on?

Each school has a team that is creating an MTSS Implementation Manual. Currently these manuals are in blueprint form. Each blueprint contains strategies to support Whole Child learning. The blueprint also outlines how each school will involve the Whole School and Whole Community in this process.

What is in the MTSS Implementation Manual?

  • Commitments for how we will teach academics, behavior, and social-emotional learning
  • Intervention Grids with details of available Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions/supports and how students are identified for each intervention
  • Procedures describing how staff and families will be informed of and learn about the strategies in the MTSS Manual
  • Details for how we will celebrate staff, students, and families
  • Outline of how we will monitor the effectiveness of the plan, including goals for the upcoming school year.
  • Calendar "at-a-glance" for implementation of the plan

What are the "Tiers" in MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support)?

Big picture

What looks different in each Tier?

The Intensity of the intervention is what helps us know if we are providing Tier 1, 2, or 3.

Intensity can look like:

  • Time - adding more time for instruction of a skill during the students day
  • Frequency - increase the number of times a student is practicing a skill or receiving feedback in a day or week
  • Focus - when we narrow the number of skills we are focusing on, the intervention becomes more intense
  • Grouping - If it is something you do for everyone, you are providing Tier 1. When a few, are receiving a similar intervention, typically 4-6, this is Tier 2. When you have 3 or fewer students, the intervention becomes individualized and can be considered Tier 3.

NMSD: Tier 1 Whole Child Learning is Happening!

Wrapping up 2018-2019

What to expect:

  • School Leadership Teams will present a draft MTSS Implementation Manual (Blueprint)
  • All staff will take an on-line survey that will have you rate statements such as, "This blueprint would benefit the students in our school." and "I would be willing to use this blueprint."
  • Leadership Teams will review your results and feedback to make changes.
  • Some schools may have committees preparing final touches.
  • Final blueprint will be presented to all staff in June.
  • Celebrate! We will wrap up the school year with a 3-Tiered plan that your staff helped create.


Interventions for Tier 1, 2, and 3:

OSPI Resources for MTSS:

Restorative Practices:

Graduate Strong of Kitsap and Mason County: