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Expanding academic and behavioural interventions via the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in secondary schools

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is the state agency that oversees and supports the 115 local education agencies (also known as LEAs, or districts) and 168 charter schools that provide public education in North Carolina. Through its grant, it is expanding academic and behavioural supports in secondary schools through a research-validated framework known as the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).

“Look at the culture of the school through the lens of the adolescent.  They need boundaries and a plan, yet need to be autonomous.”

– Secondary Community of Practice member

 

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For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1.  Strengthen teacher capacity

5. Build demand

 

 

 

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Amy Jablonski

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Email: amy.jablonski@dpi.nc.gov

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

The NC DPI Self-Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAM), facilitated by the district MTSS Coordinator, has enabled school and district-level personnel to identify and prioritize implementation steps for an increased likelihood of successful instruction and interventions. The development of a Secondary Community of Practice, which includes grant sites and 7 additional leading LEAs, provides an environment for shared learning and problem-solving around secondary implementation.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

Consensus building: MTSS is communicated as a whole-school school improvement framework designed to maximize student outcomes for ALL students, which involves a significant shift in the ways that secondary schools traditionally “do schooling”.  This requires consensus building around why there must be a change in teaming structures.  Barriers to implementation must also be identified and addressed by school leadership to support MTSS implementation.

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

NCDPI is led by a state-level Board of Education responsible for "supervising and administering the free public school system and the educational funds provided for its support." Board members include the Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, and 11 other members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature in joint session. The policies developed by the North Carolina State Board of Education set the direction for all aspects of Department of Public Instruction and local public school organisation and operations. The Board of Education’s stated goals for North Carolina public schools include 1) producing globally competitive students; 2) being led by 21st Century professionals; 3) having healthy and responsible students, 4) having leaders who guide innovation, and 5) being governed and supported by 21st Century systems.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, NCDPI aims to support 9 secondary schools across 3 local education agencies (LEAs or districts) to implement and sustain a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) that ensures students graduate ready for college and careers.  MTSS provides three tiers of support for classroom students: Tier 1, including academic and behavioural practices demonstrated to produce positive outcomes for the majority of students, and Tiers 2 and 3, which involve the delivery of timely instructional changes and individual interventions to students who still need additional support, but have not been formally identified, or who do not qualify for, special education services.  This is a population of youth with learning differences that Oak seeks to serve. NCDPI will assist secondary school project sites in initiating MTSS by helping the schools:

  • Establish MTSS leadership teams to support implementation and school-wide problem-solving;
  • Gather and analyse data to inform decision making, and
  • Develop culturally-responsive, comprehensive assessment systems including universal screening, progress monitoring, and diagnostic assessments.

While the approaches, fidelity tools, and implementation guides developed are targeting 9 schools during the course of this grant, NCDPI is disseminating these resources widely to secondary schools state-wide through the NC DPI MTSS Wiki, online blended learning, MTSS Guidance in Livebinder and the Secondary Community of Practice.

 

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