Tiered Systems of Support

The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the Center’s accomplishments and to highlight a set of lessons learned from the 26 schools that implemented intensive intervention while receiving technical support from the Center. These lessons include:

Supporting students with math difficulty can be challenging. When teaching students with math difficulty, it is important to provide explicit and systematic instruction, teach math vocabulary and symbols, use the concrete-representational-abstract framework, and incorporate fluency building, effective questioning and error analysis.

This series of videos provides brief instructional examples for supporting students who need intensive instruction in the area of numeracy and counting. Within college- and career-ready standards numeracy and counting are taught in Pre-K through Grade 1. These videos may be used as each concept is introduced, or with students in higher grade levels who continue to struggle with the concepts. Special education teachers, math interventionists, and others working with struggling students may find these videos helpful.

Do you have questions about data-based individualization and implementing intensive intervention for students with severe and persistent academic and behavioral needs? In this webinar, expert panelists Drs. Chris Lemons, T. Chris Riley-Tillman, and Teri Marx address frequently asked questions surrounding implementation of intensive intervention. 

What is an evidence-based practice? How do I know if evidence shows that a practice will be right for my students? Many practitioners ask these critical questions every day as they are faced with making decisions regarding how to best meet the needs of their students. In this webinar, staff from NCII, Collaboration for Effective Educator Development Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, and the National Center on Systemic Improvement (NCSI) share content focused on the continuum of evidence that supports instruction within multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).

Ongoing sustained professional development that allows educators to continuously examine, reflect upon, and improve instructional practice, data-based decision making, and delivery of interventions is essential for implementing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Where do we find resources to provide this professional development?

Question: Why might we need to consider integrated academic and behavioral interventions, especially for students with more intensive needs and those at the secondary level? 

Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) are frameworks for integrating instruction, evidence-based interventions, and assessments to meet the academic and behavior needs of all students. The essential components of MTSS are as follows: screening, progress monitoring, a multilevel prevention system, and data-based decision making (National Center on Response to Intervention, 2010).

This webinar, presented by Dr. Erica Lembke an NCII Trainer and Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri, Nicole Bucka an NCII Coach and MTSS Technical Assistance Provider in Rhode Island, and Dr.

The CEEDAR Center has designed a Course Enhancement Module (CEM) on Classroom and Behavior Management which is designed to support participants in gaining an understanding of assessment tools and intervention practices that can be integrated within a comprehensive, evidence-based behavioral intervention program. The multi-part module covers universal, supplemental, and intensive supports including supports for students with intensive behavioral needs. The CEM, particularly as it relates to intensive intervention, includes content adapted from NCII.


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