Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

Tiered Academic Instruction Literacy Academy


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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), in collaboration with HILL for Literacy, is pleased to offer an intensive professional development opportunity for level 3, 4, and 5 schools designed to train school and district teams in their development and implementation of school and district-wide tiered systems of literacy support. This is offered at no cost and is funded by a multi-year grant from the Department of Education.

If your district is eligible for this opportunity, we’d like to invite you to apply for the next cohort which will begin in October 2017.

Why Apply for the MTSS Literacy Academy?

Research proves that learning outcomes and student achievement improve with the implementation of an MTSS plan. The Academy is an effective way to implement an MTSS plan that will align district resources, plans, and structures to support sustainable systems of support for all students. The Academy content is supported by current research and highly rated by participating schools and districts.

What is the MTSS Literacy Academy?

This process begins with analyzing your current program/curriculum framework, assessment framework, leadership routines and professional development. The Tiered Literacy Academy aligns to the Massachusetts Turnaround Practices Research, particularly supporting (1) Leadership, Shared Responsibility, and Professional Collaboration (2) High Quality Core Instruction and (3) Student-Specific Supports and Instruction to All Students.

The content of the Literacy Academy and coaches meetings will focus on establishing routines and structures that support continued improvement in instructional practices, increased capacity at the school and district level, distributed leadership, and improved student outcomes. District and school leaders will be given the necessary tools to evaluate current literacy practices, build a multi-tiered instructional and assessment model utilizing research-based methods, an embedded professional development plan, and systems for measuring fidelity of implementation and effectiveness of instruction. Participants will take the tools and training delivered during the modules and implement with their district and school based teams. Modules will be delivered in two tracks: Elementary Academy and Middle School/High School Academy.

Expected Outcomes

  • establish effective district and school level leadership teams
  • develop and implement a multi-year strategic literacy plan based on needs assessment and student data
  • organize and utilize formative assessment data to inform decision making related to professional development activities, resource allocation, and coaching
  • build multi-tiered systems of support utilizing research-based instructional tools and approaches
  • create consistent teacher knowledge base on the core components of literacy and principles of effective instruction
  • create master schedules that support academics as the top priority and resource allocation to deliver differentiated instruction identify the activities

How to Apply

Check out the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s website to obtain more information about registering for MTSS Literacy Academy for the 2017-18 School Year, or use the links below.

Step 1: Readiness

Review the webinar embedded at the top of this page to ensure you understand the readiness requirements and commitment for the MTSS Literacy Academies. All readiness requirements must be met prior to the first team training.

Step 2: Apply or Renew Commitment

Use the buttons below to apply if your school is new to MTSS or if you’re a participating school to renew your commitment for SY17-18. The deadline for applications is August 18, 2017.

Step 3: Submit Your Team Rosters

New and continuing schools must send in a list of team members with names, emails, and job titles so that we can create accounts for them to access materials and prepare to send your team reminders about upcoming trainings. The deadline to submit your team rosters is September 13, 2017.

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