Wyoming Multi-Tiered System of Supports (Wyoming MTSS)
A multi-tiered system of supports, or MTSS, is a framework that focuses on system-level change and continuous improvement across the classroom, school, and district to provide each student with opportunities to maximize academic achievement and develop skills for success.
The Wyoming MTSS Center is a cross-division effort to support local Wyoming educators in developing the knowledge, skills, and infrastructure to effectively implement MTSS. The Center, in partnership with the MTSS Center at the American Institutes for Research, provides high-quality MTSS training, coaching, information, and resources.
Components of MTSS:
- Universal Screening is a systematic process that uses appropriate measures for identifying students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes, including academic, behavioral, social, emotional, school completion, and college and career readiness outcomes. It’s also used to evaluate the effectiveness of core instruction.
- Progress Monitoring is the use of reliable and valid measures to assess a student’s performance and to quantify a student’s rate of improvement or responsiveness to supplemental instruction and support. It’s also used to evaluate the effectiveness of supplemental instruction.
- Data-based Decision Making occurs at all levels of MTSS implementation, from individual students to the district level. Teams use screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring, classroom assessment, and fidelity data to make decisions about instruction, movement within the multi-level prevention system, intensification of instruction and supports, and identification of students with disabilities (in accordance with state and local policies).
- The Multi-Level Prevention System includes three tiers of intensity for instruction, intervention, and supports. Tier 1 includes high-quality, schoolwide academic, social, emotional and behavioral programming and supports designed to meet the needs of all students. At Tier 2, schools provide small group, standardized academic interventions or targeted behavioral or mental health supports using validated intervention programs to support students identified as at-risk. Tier 3 includes intensive intervention for students not responding to Tier 2 through instruction and supports that are intensified and individualized based on student need.
- Fidelity of Implementation Rubric Summary Sheet
- Fidelity of Implementation Rubric
- MTSS Infrastructure Checklist
- MTSS Teams Tip Sheet
- MTSS Fidelity Tip Sheet
- NCII Academic Screening Tools Chart
- NCII Behavior Screening Tools Chart
- NCII Academic Progress Monitoring Tools Chart
- NCII Behavior Progress Monitoring Tools Chart
- High-Leverage Practices
- Training modules
Trainings and Events (PTSB credit is available for attendees):
MTSS Trainings and Event Videos:
Wyoming MTSS Overview
Wyoming Multi-Tiered System of Supports (Wyoming MTSS) is a framework that focuses on system-level change and continuous improvement to provide each student with opportunities to maximize academic achievement and develop skills for success. In this training, participants will learn about MTSS and its essential components and how it benefits schools and students. Participants will use the Wyoming MTSS Fidelity of Implementation rubric to identify strengths and limitations of current MTSS implementation and develop an action plan.
- From 3:30-5:30 p.m. on April 14, 2022, virtual; Register here.
MTSS: Building an Effective Tier 1 System
An effective Tier 1 system is designed to meet the needs of all learners and provide a foundation for successful supplemental interventions within MTSS. In this training, participants will learn the core features of Tier 1 systems, including evidence-based practices and high-leverage practices consistently delivered within and across grade levels. Participants will use provided tools and resources to select and evaluate current Tier 1 practices and ensure fidelity of implementation of selected practices.
- From 3:30-5:30 p.m. on April 28, 2022, virtual; Register here.
Universal screening is a systematic process that uses appropriate measures for identifying students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes. Within this training, participants will learn the purpose and benefits of screening within MTSS. Participants will develop an efficient and valid screening process to identify at-risk students.
Choose one session to attend.
- From 9 a.m.-noon on May 11, 2022, (setting TBD); Register here.
Tier 2 and Tier 3
At Tier 2, schools provide small-group, standardized academic interventions, or targeted behavioral or mental health supports, using validated intervention programs to support students identified as at-risk. At Tier 3, schools provide intensive and individualized interventions for students not responding to Tier 2. During this training, participants will learn the essential features of Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions, how to evaluate interventions using the Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity, and how to ensure fidelity for Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions. Participants will evaluate a Tier 2 intervention using the Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity, and they will practice an effective teaming process for Tier 3 supports using standardized tools.
Choose one session to attend.
- From 9 a.m.-noon on October 14, 2021, in-person (Cheyenne area); Register here.
- From 9 a.m.-noon on November 16, 2021, virtual; Register here.
Wyoming MTSS Center’s 2021 Virtual Summit: Lessons for Success
From 8:45 a.m.-noon p.m. on December 7, 2021 Register here.
The Wyoming MTSS Center’s 2021 Virtual Summit is an opportunity for educators to build knowledge about MTSS and learn effective practices for implementation. Join us to hear presenters share their real experience and practical application of MTSS.
Dr. Steve Goodman provides the keynote, as he discusses where to get started with MTSS from his experience implementing over the last two decades. Our first breakout session features renowned researcher Dr. Lynn Fuchs, who shares how to avoid pitfalls of implementation from her career over the last 20 years. Our second breakout session features implementation in Wyoming, as Julie Norman shares a local elementary school experience and lessons learned. We hope you join us for a day to learn practical tips and lessons for success!
Attend live for a chance to win one of our secret giveaways.
- 8:45-9 a.m.: Welcome and Overview of Wyoming MTSS, by Dr. Jason Harlacher
- 9–10 a.m.: Keynote: “Get Started, Get Better: MTSS Lessons Learned from the Past 20 Years,” by Steve Goodman, Ph.D., Director, MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center, Michigan Department of Education.
- 10-10:15 a.m.: Break
- 10:15-11 a.m.: Breakout Session 1: “Taking Stock: 20 Years of Research and Practice with RTI and MTSS,” by Lynn Fuchs, Ph.D., Institute Fellow with the American Institutes for Research and Research Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University.
- 11-11:15 a.m.: Break
- 11:15 a.m.-noon: Breakout Session 2: “The Power of Teaming,” by Thom Jones, Co-director Wyoming MTSS Center, WDE, and Julie Norman, Resource Teacher, Jessup Elementary.
Effective Progress Monitoring
Progress monitoring is the use of reliable and valid measures to assess a student’s performance and to quantify a student’s rate of improvement or responsiveness to supplemental instruction and support. During this training, participants will learn the critical elements of a progress monitoring tool and how to analyze progress monitoring data to evaluate a student’s response to instruction/intervention. Participants will evaluate and select progress monitoring tools for their own sites.
Choose one session to attend.
- From 9 a.m.-noon on February 2, 2022, virtual; Register here.
- From 9 a.m.-noon on February 17, 2022, in-person (Cheyenne area); Register here.
- From 9 a.m.-noon on September 22, 2022, (setting TBD) Register here.
Tips and Tools for MTSS Implementation in Secondary Schools
Are elementary multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) models appropriate for secondary settings? Although the essential components remain the same the focus and approach to implementation differ. This session will clarify the similarities and differences between elementary and secondary implementation and share tips and tools for successful implementation in secondary settings. Examples of effective secondary implementation will be shared.
- From 3:30-5 p.m. on October 26, 2021 Register here.
Leveraging Title I Funds Within a Tiered Intervention Model: Implications for Instruction
Training will focus on ensuring high-quality instruction and intervention techniques. Resources to support intervention selection and fidelity of implementation will be discussed. Targeted audience are educators but open to anyone. No registration is required.
- From 3-4:30 p.m. on September 30: Join the virtual meeting here.
Leveraging Title I Funds Within a Tiered Intervention Model: Supporting Data Literacy at All Levels
This training focuses on data literacy at all levels with particular emphasis on supporting data collection and decision making as well as supporting continuous system improvement. Target audience: open. Registration is not required.
- From 3-4:30 p.m. on October 28: Join the meeting here.
Leveraging Title I Funds Within a Tiered Intervention Model: Building Sustainable Systems
Building sustainable systems is the final training of the three-part series ‘Leveraging Title I Funds Within a Tiered Intervention Model’. Building sustainable systems starts with a self assessment of resources to adequately develop supporting infrastructure. Target audience is ideally suited for administration/administrative personnel but open to anyone. Registration is not required.
- From 3-4:30 p.m. on January 27: Join the meeting here.
Wyoming MTSS Coaching Institute
Do you want to be an MTSS Coach?
You’re invited to attend the free Wyoming MTSS Coaching Institute! Hosted by the Wyoming MTSS Center, the institute will provide ongoing support and guidance for educators coaching their schools with Wyoming’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). This year-long professional learning opportunity includes an in-person two-day Institute, drop-in/drop-out participation, a monthly virtual community of practice, and access to national experts and resources.
- learn how to create the infrastructure needed for MTSS,
- build knowledge and skills needed for system-level coaching, and
- develop an action plan for their site.
Save the date:
- 9 a.m.-noon on February 7, 2022: (Virtual)
Note that each day of the workshop is in-person, but attendees who can’t meet in-person can watch a recording of the workshop.
Click here to learn more.
- Register for Day 2 (Feb 7) of the Institute here.