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

Starting to Sustaining – Session B

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Starting to Sustaining – Session B

December 3, 2019, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Who Should Attend?

All Strands: Division-level teams from Cohorts 1-6 who attended Session A in October.

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Session Information Tuesday,
December 3
Check-in Start: 8:30 a.m.
Session Start: 9:30 a.m.
Session Ends: 4:00 p.m.
Meals Provided: Lunch

How to Register:

Attendees will choose and register for one strand only at the registration site. The deadline for registering is Monday, November 25, 2019, 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 either cancel your registration through Eventbrite OR contact us as soon as possible at

Special Instructions – Please read!!

If you have ADA or other non-dietary needs, we need at least 2 weeks advanced notice in order to provide them. Please contact Jennifer Weatherly at (804-828-1482) or to make such a request.

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).

General Session

Student Conduct Policy within the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS)

(Speaker: Rebecca Counts Kahila)

Learning intentions for Session B:

  • Understand how levels of administrative response apply to student behaviors in the Model Guidance for Positive and Preventive Student Code of Conduct Policy.
  • Identify the range of options within the levels of administrative response.
  • Apply levels of response to categories of behavior.
  • Use a social emotional learning and restorative lens to respond to scenarios.

Materials and more information for the General Session

Strand 1: Data-Informed Decision Making

Building upon Session A, Division Leadership Teams will assess their division’s progress in developing an integrated data dashboard, practice a clear process for data-informed decision making using data from their context, develop an action plan for providing professional learning and coaching at the school level, and analyze a “new” practice using the VTSS Selection of Evidence-Based Practices Too.

Learning Intentions

  • Self-assess progress with action items within the implementation plan to provide division lea(s) and building-level teams with access to an integrated data dashboard (DCA #14 and #19);
  • Practice a clear process for data-informed decision making with a focus on teaching and learning using their own data (DCA #15);
  • Develop an action plan for providing professional learning and coaching on the school level on the problem-solving process (based on readiness);
  • Analyze a “new” practice through the lens of the VTSS Selection of Evidence-Based Practices Tool and compare the process to standard methods for selecting new practices.

Materials and more information for Strand 1

Strand 2: Academic Alignment

Participants will explore how the members of the Division Level Team can support school leadership by defining quality instruction, identifying evidence-based Tier 1 practices, and implementing data meeting structures at the school and division level.

Learning Intentions

  • Develop a written description of quality Tier 1 academic instruction and create a system for communicating instructional expectations to stakeholders. (Matrix 3A)
  • Examine existing evidence-based Tier 1 practices to create an inventory of division priorities related to academic instruction. (Matrix 3C)
  • Develop a plan for implementing Tier 1 data meeting structures at the school and division level and determine how to measure the fidelity and effectiveness of the meeting structures. (Matrix 2C)

Materials and more information for Strand 2

Strand 3: Advanced Tiers

In this session, participants will use data to create instructional tiered supports. They will use the Evidence-based Selection Tool to choose practices and identify quality instruction at advanced tiers. In order to determine the impact of intervention effectiveness progress monitoring data will be discussed.

Learning Intentions

  • Build on Data-Informed Decision-Making to make instructional decisions and ways to adopt and support interventions for students requiring support at Tiers 2 and 3 (Matrix 2.B, 3.B)
  • Create and/or analyze clearly defined continuum of supports that is culturally responsive and utilized to ensure an instructional match for all learners (Matrix 1.F, 3.C)
  • Define advanced tiers and how schools will be supported to analyze data to determine the impact of interventions and make decisions to change the level of support (Matrix 2.C, 5.E)
  • Integrate and align professional learning based on need (Matrix 1.G)

Materials and more information for Strand 3

Strand 4: Equity

In this session, division leaders will focus on increasing student outcomes through equitable practices. Division teams will review model definitions of equity and develop a draft definition for their division in order to focus their Equity work, review the equity calculations they completed following the October event and set priorities to focus their Equity work for the next 6-12 months. Teams will also explore an Equity Audit tool currently used in Virginia and hear from a division in the commonwealth that is actively addressing Equity.

Learning Intentions

  • Develop Division and/or team definition of equity
  • Review data calculations from October session
  • Prioritize areas of concern in order to focus further analysis
  • Analyze an Equity Audit as a potential tool to facilitate Gap/Root Cause Analysis
  • Examine the experience of a VTSS Division currently working to implement equitable practices for all of their students.

Materials and more information for Strand 4

Lodging and Event Details:

Location: Hotel Roanoke
Reservations link: Upon clicking, select a guest type of “ATTENDEE”
Reservations by phone: 1-866-594-4722;
identify as “Virginia Commonwealth University/Starting to Sustaining”
Deadline to make reservations: November 22
Reservations cancellation deadline: Refer to your reservation confirmation email.
Date(s) of room block: December 2, 2019
State Per Diem rate: $117 (plus tax)
Parking: Street parking: Free
Self-parking overnight: $11
Valet: $17 overnight
Dally self-parking: $1 – $8
Check-in/Check-out: 4 pm/11 am

All attendees are responsible for all travel expenses, including lodging and mileage.

VDOE/VTSS blocked rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity has been reached. Once the block is full, additional rooms cannot be added. All attendees are responsible for all travel expenses, including lodging and mileage.The applicable state rate on the date of check-in is offered for single, double, triple or quad overnight room accommodations.

You must guarantee your reservation with your personal/school credit card.

If you find you cannot attend the event, you must cancel the lodging reservations the day prior to arrival to avoid being charged one night’s room + taxes. Rooms that are not canceled in time on the day prior to arrival (“no shows”) will be billed to your personal/school credit card.

Checking in: Important Information

A credit card and I.D. are required at check-in. A deposit hold will be placed on the credit card in an amount to cover the anticipated room, tax and incidental charges.

SPECIAL NOTICE: At the time of check-in, the use of a debit card will initiate an immediate deduction from the account associated with the card. The charges that will be immediately deducted from the account will be the amount of the full stay, plus a possible additional fee per night for any incidentals. Upon check-out, any unused funds will be credited back to the applicable account. Based upon the bank, it may take three to five days, or even longer, to process this transaction to the account.


December 3, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hotel Roanoke
110 Shenandoah Avenue NW
Roanoke, VA 24016 United States
(540) 985-5900


(804) 828-1482