Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: An Academic and Social-Emotional-Behavioral Framework

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Alison G. Clark and Katherine A. Dockweiler recently authored two operational field guides to the implementation of MTSS; Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Secondary Schools: The Definitive Guide to Implementation and Quality Control (Routledge, 2019) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Elementary Schools: The Definitive Guide to Implementation and Quality Control (Routledge, 2020).  Join them for this webinar in their examination of the non-negotiables of MTSS implementation and recommendations for participants to be able to design and integrate MTSS in unique school communities to meet the needs of all students. MTSS implementation science is legitimized through the LIQUID theory, a new theoretical construct that represents the different lenses that teams can use to view the operational perspectives in the exploration, development, and problem-solving of micro and macro variables that impact a school’s fruition of effective MTSS.  Academic and social-emotional-behavioral health services in a school setting are analyzed with discrete examples of service delivery by smart teams with clear purpose and processes in place which can be designed to assist teams in learning together, automating practices to improve fidelity, making continuous adjustments based on feedback loop reflections to gain insights from data and experience, and creating a culture that enables team members to learn from mistakes leading to better processes and outcomes.  Learn about Healthy Minds, Safe Schools, the field-tested prototype and training model to the implementation of SEB MTSS, which significantly reduces incidences of student-to-student violence and student office discipline referrals, as well as improves teachers’ feelings of efficacy in delivering SEB health instruction within the first year of implementation.  Strategies for starting, growing, and sustaining MTSS are emphasized.  This individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). It was released on May 31st, 2020. The content in this webinar is intertwined with Domains 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the NASP Practice Model.’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. The target audience is school psychologists, and the skill level is intermediate. There is no conflict of interests or commercial support for this webinar. Attendees who complete this 1-hour webinar will receive 1 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

Speaker Bios:

Alison G. Clark, Ed.S NCSP is a practicing school psychologist and has dedicated her career to the academic and social-emotional-behavioral health of students. She has expertise in the areas of organizational psychology in school systems, educator training and staff development, teacher coaching and classroom management, PBIS, MTSS, threat assessment, crisis response, school-based mental health services, and family engagement.  She is a certified family wellness instructor teaching healthy family systems and communication skills to parents/caregivers and children. Alison is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Nevada Association of School Psychologists. 

Dr. Katie Dockweiler is a policy researcher and practicing school psychologist. She is a recipient of the NASP Outstanding Advocate award and currently serves on the Nevada State Board of Education. She has written state policy relative to ratios, scopes of practice, and ratio improvement plans for school psychologists. She has provided leadership to successfully repeal mandatory retention under the state’s Read by Grade 3 initiative, rewriting the law using an MTSS intervention framework. Dr. Dockweiler proudly serves as Co-Chair of the NASP Communications Committee, alongside many talented colleagues, to promote advocacy and the role of school psychologists across a variety of contexts. Finally, Dr. Dockweiler is the Director of Policy, and Immediate Past-President, of the Nevada Association of School Psychologists.

Participants will learn:

1. The essential components to effectively implement MTSS

2. Practical solutions to common barriers when implementing MTSS

3. Practical tips for implementing Social-Emotional-Behavioral (SEB) MTSS

Attendee Feedback:

“Presentation was clear, and easy to follow. Presenters gave great examples.” -Ana

“This presentation was thorough in explaining the limitations of MTSS and how to overcome those barriers.” -Cynthia

“MTSS is harder to implement at the secondary level. The presenters did well in brainstorming ways to address different barriers. It was helpful to see how MTSS can be addressed at the SEB level, as typically schools focus on the academics.” -Ellen

“Enjoyed the presentation and was inspired to start again with consulting and attempting to encourage my out of district schools to an MTSS model.” -Karon

“Easy to follow visually; practical ideas” -Kristine

“As a first year school psychologist, entering a building just beginning to implement MTSS, this presentation gave a thorough foundation of concepts as well as helpful suggestions I plan to implement within my middle school in the fall. Thank you for the effort and hard work you spent on the presentation- it came through!” -Marissa

“A lot of information presented. Practical tips are always good to have.” -Michael

“This webinar was very practical and informative. The presenters did a wonderful job tackling some of the biggest challenges school psychologists face regarding MTSS implementation. They were also rather enjoyable to watch. I appreciated the inclusion of preferred pronouns, the fun little animation, and the use of a green-screen.” -Natalie

“Great practical examples” -Rachel

“Well spoken presenters. Practical screeners for practitioners. Will incorporate into practice. Thank you!” -Tara

“Many examples provided to help give ideas and suggestions for real life implementation.” -Taylor

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