MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 36 (May 17, 2023)

This is our thirty-sixth edition this school year! (...the 2nd to the last one ever...)

We have used this newsletter to make connections between the CO Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework and the Thompson School District (TSD).

> Access last week's edition.


It's Been a Pleasure!

I will be leaving TSD in the coming weeks...and I'll be leaving Colorado. Both have been my home for a long time, and I will miss all of the good people here and all of the great experiences I have had. This is the second to the last edition of this newsletter - a publication that it has been my pleasure (and sincere honor) to compose each week. I have tried to "curate" information available across a variety of inputs to share with all subscribers and readers.

Hopefully, you have found some of these features and resources useful...I know that I have learned through the process of development and distribution. Although I am leaving the district, I do not feel that it is lacking in its implementation of MTSS. The time has come for there to be truly distributed leadership and ownership of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework in TSD. Each critical perspective is represented, and each necessary voice/role is reflected in TSD. As a reminder, each member of the Learning Services Division (and other TSD departments) contribute to a coherent and cohesive system. Consider each of the work teams and their responsibilities. A Multi-Tiered System of Supports is made of: academics, well-being (i.e., social, emotional, behavioral, mental, physical health), programs/services, family and community partnering, assessment/data (and reports), training/coaching, improvement planning, etc. If MTSS is "every ed" (which it is), it should be implemented by "every ed" in our system. The coordinators, TOSAs, and Directors at the Administration building connect and work together to secure supports for schools. And site-level personnel collaborate to ensure positive student outcomes.

As we always say, MTSS is not "person-specific" or "individual-dependent". A sustainable Multi-Tiered System of Supports has systems in place (e.g., methods of problem solving, communication, and professional development). That is what we are seeing in TSD now (and in the future), full commitment from all educational stakeholders, each "playing their part". Thanks to each of you for "making it happen". The Thompson School District is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports! Continue onward...Strive to 2025 and beyond: Empower to Learn...Challenge to Achieve...Inspire to Excel!

NIRN Infographic. Left side header "No Implementation Team" has rows of children with only a few highlighted and the words "From Letting it Happen" to the right side that has Implementation Team as the header and rows of children with many highlighted and the words "To Making it Happen."  On the bottom center there is a small, red circle on the left side that says 14% 17 Years and an arrow facing right with the words Improvement in Intervention Outcomes. The arrow faces a large, red circle that says 80% 3 Years. Sources: Fixsen, Blase, Timbers, and Wolf, 2001; Balas and Boren, 2000; Green and Seifert, 2005


The Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE) have been an anchor in TSD. We can use the Compass Points in our daily practice.

  • Conditions for Learning: Predictable, Preventative, Positive (environment/engagement)
  • Learning Design: Aligned, Articulated, Adopted (content)
  • Learning Delivery: Tiers, Transitions, Technologies (process)
  • Evaluations of Learning: Measuring, Monitoring, "Making" (product)

These Compass Points represent the "environments/relationships, curriculum, instruction, and assessment/s" we should be prioritizing in our work. Approach guidance and implementation of TEE with a focus on equity and inclusion. This resource (shared previously) may help you/your system as you provide Support for Each Learner within Cooperative Learning Structures.

"In the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place." U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
"The School Counselor is not the intervention. The intervention is the intervention." Matthew Berry
CDC logo in bottom left. Illustration of various school staff and their titles. Text: All school staff can have a positive influence on students’ lives.

CDE: "It’s #MentalHealthAwareness month,
so let’s talk mental health! I Matter offers free, confidential
therapy sessions to children and teens in need.
Visit to learn more."

CDE Mental Health Education Literacy Resource Bank

Click to Review: Learning Forward Free Tool

In March 2023, Learning Forward published this 1/2 page article: "A Tool to Help When Everything Feels Urgent." It includes a description and downloadable version of the Effort-to-Impact Matrix.

May 18: Global Accessibility Awareness

From the Colorado State Governor's Office of Information Technology:

"Thursday, May 18 is the 12th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The mission of GAAD is “to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities” worldwide.

Awareness is the first step in better serving people with disabilities. People with disabilities use a variety of accessibility tools and techniques to navigate the world of technology. Let’s start by discussing common accessibility techniques that help people with disabilities the most.

Accessibility removes barriers and unlocks what is possible! Ensuring your IT infrastructure is accessible means allowing people with disabilities to be independent and more productive.

To better understand how people with disabilities navigate technology, try the No Mouse Challenge created by the State of Minnesota Office of Accessibility. If you have questions about accessibility, check out the OIT Guide to Accessible Web Services or reach out to the Technology Accessibility Program (TAP) team at"


Thanks for your readership!

Any comments?



Contact: Kim Z. Mannion
  • TSD Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Coordinator