What is NDMTSS?

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Contact Luke Schaefer

Luke.Schaefer@k12.nd.us
phone:701.838.3025

Contact Jennifer Glasheen

jennifer.glasheen@k12.nd.us
phone:701.446.3172

North Dakota’s Multi-Tier System of Supports (NDMTSS) is a framework to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally in school. NDMTSS focuses on providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals. Data are used to allocate resources to improve student learning and support staff implementation of effective practices.

How we got here

Several acronyms have been utilized during the development of what we now refer to as Multi-tier System of Supports (MTSS). Originally developed from a Response to Intervention (RtI) focus on early intervention services in behavior and academics, this work has been named many things: Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), RtI -Academic (RtI-A) and RtI-Behavior (RtI-B). As research continued nationally, ND shifted to a more encompassing definition of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to ensure that the infrastructure and focus on developing the system would be created that encompassed both behavior and academics.

What NDMTSS is NOT

To further clarify the definition, it is important to recognize what MTSS is NOT. MTSS (RtI) cannot be a verb, time, program, or place. It is not an identification system for special education or Title 1. It is not ‘just for some students’. It cannot be done by a small group of educators. It is not content-specific. Students cannot “be RtI’d”, “test into or exited from RtI” or be “done with RtI.”

North Dakota’s Multi-Tier System of Supports Project is led by a  State Advisory Team combined of stakeholders from the North Dakota Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, Regional Education Associations, School Districts and Private Organizations from across the state of North Dakota.

Recent News and Events

CASEL Updates Framework, Definition, Competencies, and Theory of Action

In our efforts to keep you up-to-date let’s take a moment to revisit CASEL’s SEL framework. We’ve seen this before. A LOT. However, there were some revisions released in October 2020 that we wanted to draw your attention to.
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Impact of Foundations of Reading on Instruction, Intervention & Assessment

The NDMTSS team developed and launched the Foundations of Reading Instruction Intervention professional learning series in 2020 to provide K-5 educators with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address a variety of students’ needs in reading.
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TATE Training Provides Educators with Knowledge & Skills to Identify Improvement Areas of FBAs & BIPs

NDMTSS recaps two TATE learning opportunities showing an increase in participant knowledge of 18 essential components: understanding of how to use the TATE; and Comfortability using the TATE!
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Virtualizing NDMTSS Academic Trainings – Necessity Drives Innovation

NDMTSS training did not stop this fall but rather needed to shift in their format and delivery and through it all, this innovation has met more needs than originally intended.
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