MTSS in TSD - Weekly Wednesday News

2022-2023 Series - Volume 34 (May 3, 2023)

This is our thirty-fourth edition for this school year! We appreciate your readership!

We use this newsletter to make connections regarding the implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework in the Thompson School District (TSD).

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Crayons that are rainbow-colored are in the shape of a heart around the words "The kids who need love the most will ask for it in the most unloving ways"
Ken Robinson quotation: Education is always about relationships. Great teachers are not just instructors and test administrators: They are mentors, coaches, motivators, and lifelong sources of inspiration to their students.

How Efficacious are We and Our Teams?

Within the Thompson School District (TSD), the CO-MTSS framework has been adopted, and the MTSS Component of Team-Driven Shared Leadership is always "where you start" with MTSS efforts. Do you have a Leadership Team? ...PLCs? ...Family Advisory? Other committees?

Each system (i.e., school or district) has to clarify the various Teaming Structures it has (i.e., how many teams, for what purposes, with what memberships, using what data, and how measured) and the Teams' operations (e.g., the Meeting Foundations that detail: Working Agreements, decision-making methods, agendas, protocols, etc).

Consider this excerpt from a past TSD MTSS Coordinator blog post (3/25/2021):

Peter DeWitt, author and former school administrator, wrote this quick summary of Collective Leader Efficacy (July 2019). DeWitt begins with a definition of self-efficacy:

  • One of the most familiar researchers behind self-efficacy is Bandura (1977), who defined self-efficacy as “beliefs in one’s capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given attainments.” Basically, self-efficacy is the confidence we have in our own abilities.

Consider how this might apply to each stakeholder in a system. We seek to support self-efficacy through ongoing capacity-building. In addition to the basic principle of self-efficacy, DeWitt continued to reference efficacy (generally) and also went on to frame what "Collective Leader Efficacy" means:

Collective leader efficacy happens when a leadership team comes together, focuses on a learning goal among their group, and does the work together to learn and achieve that goal, which will ultimately have a positive impact on students...When leadership teams do this work they:

  • Are better prepared to have conversations around learning with teachers
  • Can be more proactive than reactive when it comes to conversations around student engagement and behavior
  • Help coach each other to be more prepared for instructional leadership
  • Create a more positive school climate


Our Thompson Educational Expectations (TEE) assume Effective Teaming {and collective efficacy} is in place so that each of the TEE Compass Points may be implemented with fidelity. Think of how important it is for high-functioning, healthy Teams for TEE:

  • Conditions for Learning
  • Learning Design
  • Learning Delivery
  • Evaluations of Learning
Quote inside a purple painted circle: Being told you're appreciated is one of the simplest yet most incredible things you can ever hear.

Feeling Stressed? MH Matters!

In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, we are reprinting TSD HR content shared (March 2023). You may access these resource options if you feel like you need support.

  • If you are in a 50% assignment or greater, consider the Triad Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) that provides counseling sessions (at no cost to employees).
  • If you are enrolled on CEBT Select 4, PPO 5 or Kaiser plan, you can call the CEBT Health and Wellness Center for support. The Loveland Center’s phone number is 970-744-2866 and Greeley’s is 970-373-4625.
  • All employees can access United Way regardless of their enrollment status on TSD's benefit plans. Please call 211 or visit if you are needing assistance.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National (SAMHSA) Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. The phone number is 1-800-662-4357.
Brookes Publishing Poster: 12 Ways to Support Students' Executive Function Skills: Approach students with empathy, Make goals clear and specific, Provide a well-defined plan, Use visual reminders, Start tasks with a signal, Make strategic modifications, Prepare them for change, Give gentle reminders, Schedule time for feedback, Use mistakes to learn, Focus on small steps of progress, Celebrate successes. Adapted from Essential Skills for Struggling Learners, by von Hahn, Horowitz, and Linse.
Learning Forward blue poster of 6 Ways principals Can Build Trust with six textboxes that each have a quotation and an icon. They read: Help staff create trust-supporting structures like norms and protocols. Allocate time for staff to build through collaborative work. Support a culture of trust by exhibiting benevolence, honesty openness, reliability, and competency. Provide feedback year-round to encourage open sharing of practices, not just for accountability. Cultivate a constructive conflict culture for safe collaboration. Show vulnerability by asking for help and admitting mistakes.
Lead Inclusion quotation: "Teach metacognitive skills through intentional teaching, extensive practice, and purposeful feedback."

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