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

January ND SEL Network Summit

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, ND SEL Network members [comprised of 14 K-12 districts (serving 43,000 students collectively), 3 higher education institutions, and a community partner in the ND Afterschool Network] are invited to attend the first of two bi-annual Summits held by the Network each year.
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NDMTSS Receives NDDPI ESSER Grant Funds

Supporting efforts to redesign, enhance, deliver, and effectively evaluate state-wide professional development around academics, behaviors, and SEL, utilizing and enhancing the NDMTSS framework with a focus on how this professional learning can enhance virtual teaching and learning.
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SEL Learning Series Wrap up and January SEL Network Summit

View course feedback and evaluation data + gather more info on what Network membership entails and the January Summit!
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Visualizing and Understanding the NDMTSS Academic Strand.

Understand the courses your team will participate in and what outcomes to expect.
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