Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), Research and Implementation Center (RIC)

Starting to Sustaining, Session A

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Starting to Sustaining, Session A

October 8, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Each year, VTSS offers 3 one-day institutes for division leadership teams inspiring positive change in schools.

Who Should Attend?

Strand 1: Cohort 7 division teams and any C1-C6 division team that needs to revisit the DIDM strand.
Strand 2: Cohort 6 division teams and any C1-C5 division team that needs to revisit the Academic strand.
Strand 3: Division leadership teams who will support implementation of advanced tiers at the school level.
Strand 4: Participants should include DLT and any division level employees/teams who are leading equity efforts within the division.
Strand 5: Division teams, including Family Engagement Leads, ideally having completed Strands 1-3.

Please register for one strand only.

How to Register:

Attendees will choose and register for one strand only at the registration site. The deadline for registering is Wednesday, September 16, 2020, OR when the maximum number of registrations has been reached.

Please contact Jennifer Weatherly with any questions about registration at 804-828-1482 or .

As a professional courtesy, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration through Eventbrite as soon as possible. If you have questions about this process, please contact .

This training is for pK-12 educational professionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We reserve the right to cancel registrations of individuals who do not meet this criteria.

Photographs and/or videos may be taken at this event to be used in a photo gallery, either on the VTSS -RIC or VDOE websites, or in a display via social media sources. If you do not want to be included in photos or videos, please contact us at .

Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the conclusion of the training. We do not issue formal Continuing Educational Units (CEUs).

Strand 1: Data-Informed Decision Making

Through three one-day data-informed decision-making professional learning events, division leadership teams will build on the work begun during the Exploration & Installation series. Teams will refine effective data meeting structures and develop an understanding of the Division Implementation Team’s role in supporting school-based teams by providing access to data for problem solving and implementation of evidence-based practices; develop systems that support staff in efficient implementation of instructional practices; and explore the process for selecting evidence-based practices for teaching academic, behavior, and mental wellness skills.

In this session, Division Implementation Teams will develop an effective data-informed decision-making process starting with identifying the data sources needed for the development of an integrated data dashboard and efficient data meeting structures for division and school use.

Learning Intentions

  • Develop team meeting foundations for effective decision making;
  • Complete a data audit for successful implementation;
  • Develop action items for an implementation plan that provides division and building leadership teams with access to an integrated data dashboard that includes fidelity AND student outcome data;
  • Analyze data to identify area(s) of focus for problem solving;
  • Select or revise a clear process for data-informed decision making with a focus on teaching and learning.

Strand 2: Academic Alignment

The Strand 2 virtual training will examine the components of the academic system of support in order to better align with other systems. In the first session, participants will review the role of the Division Leadership Team in supporting an aligned academic structure at the division and school levels, examine the process for developing an assessment inventory, and understand the selection and implementation of a universal screening system.

Learning Intentions

  • Review the responsibilities of the Division Leadership Team to align all supports within a VTSS structure. (Matrix 1B, 1C)
  • Understand the process of developing an assessment inventory. (Matrix 5A)
  • Review the purposes and key components of universal screeners, examine the divisions’/schools’ use of these data to improve instruction, and understand the elements of the screening process. (Matrix 5B & 5C)
  • Introduce the Academic Tiered Fidelity Inventory (A-TFI) for use with schools.


Strand 3: Advanced Tiers

The Strand Three virtual training will provide division leadership opportunities to establish or enhance the implementation of the core features of advanced tiers. This session will examine data-informed decision making at advanced tiers, decision rules, and teaming. Participants will have opportunities to network with colleagues from other divisions and use VTSS tools and resources during designated team work time.

Learning Intentions

  • Apply the Data Informed Decision Making process in the context of making instructional decisions for Advanced Tiers implmentation. (Matrix 2.B).
  • Analyze current definitions of each tier and design aligned operational definitions for mult-tiered supports across domains for efficient implementation (Matrix 1.F).
  • Coordinate collaboration with school teams to ensure fidelity and effectiveness of the meeting structures used for data informed decision making (Matrix 2.C).

Strand 4: Equity

In this strand, division leaders will focus on investigating and analyzing equity challenges within their current systems to identify and implement actionable steps. Participants will engage with content and tools to identify systems and practices that address their selected equity challenge. Through completion of the three sessions, leadership teams will identify action steps to eliminate the predictability of student outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socioeconomic status or languages spoken at home and begin implementation of their equity plan.

Learning Intentions

  • Explore components of cultural responsiveness.
  • Analyze division, school, and classroom data through an equity lens, focusing on the inequities that lie at the root of the data.
  • Address how biases and behaviors such as microaggressions, deficit thinking, and colorblindness undermine student success.
  • Review existing initiative/resource maps to identify current practices targeting equity and evaluate the effectiveness of these practices/initiatives.


Strand 5: Family Engagement

Given the current diversity of virtual and in-person learning approaches related to the pandemic response, we understand the nature of family engagement has changed. In light of these circumstances, participants will identify the value of, and strategies for collecting key data on family perceptions, participation and equitable access to learning. Participants will also identify ways to support family and community engagement efforts to improve student well-being and academic outcomes through systems and practices. Participants will begin to develop or refine a vision for family and community engagement.

Learning Intentions

  • Identify the value of, and strategies for collecting key data on family perceptions, participation and equitable access to learning .
  • Identify ways to support family and community engagement efforts to improve student well-being and academic outcomes .
  • Identify strategies for engaging families and community partners in data-based planning and implementation of systems and practices.
  • Develop or refine a vision and goals for family and community engagement based on currently collected or needed data.


October 8
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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(804) 828-1482