Research and Implementation Center

The Virginia Department of Education founded the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports Research and Implementation Center at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for School-Community Collaboration.

The VTSS-RIC strives to build state and local capacity for a sustained tiered system of academic, behavioral, social-emotional supports that are responsive to the needs of all students.


In collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers, VTSS-RIC provides professional learning and on-site coaching to school divisions to:

  • Implement proactive and preventive evidence-based practices to support measureable improvements in attendance, academics, behavior and social-emotional health
  • Use data-informed problem solving, decision making and progress monitoring to effectively meet instructional needs
  • Build an integrated framework that promotes shared leadership at the division, school, classroom and community levels
  • Promote a culture of continuous growth through ongoing professional learning

Our Sponsors

VTSS-RIC is funded by the following sources:

  • Virginia State Personnel Development Grant, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (Federal Award #H323A170018)
  • Virginia School Climate Transformation Grant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education (Federal Award #S184F180014)
  • Virginia state funds


The RIC is housed in the Center for School-Community Collaboration at VCU. You can find more information on the Center at its website.