Kansas MTSS Defined:
An Integrated Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used in Kansas to describe how schools go about creating an integrated framework to provide supports for each child in their building to be successful and the processes and tools used to make decisions.
The Kansas MTSS framework is a coherent continuum of evidence based, system‐wide practices to support a rapid response to academic, behavioral, and social skill needs. Frequent data‐based monitoring informs instructional decision making to empower each Kansas student to achieve high standards. The focus of the Kansas MTSS framework is system‐level change across the classroom, school, district and state.
The Kansas MTSS framework provides a system of prevention, early identification and intervention, and supports to ensure every student learns from the instruction. The Kansas MTSS establishes a system that intentionally focuses on leadership, professional development, and an empowering culture.
Kansas MTSS Vision:
The vision of Kansas MTSS is to provide an integrated, Pre-school through College and Career Ready, district-wide training to school districts across Kansas in order to improve academic achievement, positive behavior, and strong social skills for every student.
Kansas MTSS Operationalized:
Over the past several years, the Kansas MTSS team has used the Self-Correcting Feedback Loop (SCFL) to refine their professional learning and training delivery methods across the state.
Kansas MTSS is an overarching framework that guides schools through a process of needs assessment and decision-making that assists in not only selecting effective practices, but also creating a sustainable aligned structure. Schools use Kansas MTSS as the framework for their school improvement process.
Kansas MTSS Training System:
The Kansas MTSS team made a conscious effort to align trainings with the needs of schools in Kansas. The team strives to make sure their work enhances district capacity to meet multiple demands in the areas of assessment, reporting, and meeting the requirements within the accreditation process in Kansas. By working closely with departments providing policy and guidance in these areas, the Kansas MTSS team strives to assist districts in streamlining data collection and utilizing data to make informed decisions regarding student needs.
Currently, districts who desire a Kansas MTSS integrated framework pursue this through an application process. If selected, a customized action plan is developed with the district, focusing on refining existing practices and structures, and creating needed practices and structures.
Once a district has all the practices and structures in place, Kansas MTSS State Trainers and Coaches provide instruction and support through the implementation and refinement phases. This training system provides gradual release of responsibility in order to help each district build a sustainable framework.
A wide range of supports are available on demand through the Kansas MTSS page on this website. Feel free to peruse briefs, webinars, and book studies for personal and staff professional learning!
The Kansas MTSS team can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org