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 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.

How to Register:

Attendees will choose and register for one strand only at the registration site. The deadline for registering is Tuesday, November 17, 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

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

  • 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

In the December virtual session of Strand 2, Academic Alignment, participants will explore how the members of the Division Level Team can support school leadership to define quality instruction, identify evidence-based Tier 1 practices, and develop a culturally-responsive continuum of supports to meet learner needs, and to implement data meeting structures at the school and division level.

Learning Intentions

  • Develop a process to create a written description of the expectations for quality Tier 1 academic instruction and a system for communicating the expectations to stakeholders. (Matrix 3A)
  • Examine existing evidence-based Tier 1 practices to create a continuum of supports that is culturally responsive and is utilized to provide an instructional match to meet learner needs. (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)
  • Relate content to the Academic Tiered Fidelity Inventory. (A-TFI)

Strand 3: Advanced Tiers

The December virtual session will allow participants to 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. Teams will:

  • Analyze their division continuum of supports that is utilized to ensure an instructional match that is culturally responsive for all learners, and
  • Define how schools will be supported to analyze progress monitoring data to determine the impact of interventions and make decisions to change the level of support.

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

Session B of Strand 4 will follow-up on learning from Session A. Participants will develop a plan for implementation based on the equity challenge they have identified. More details coming soon.

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.


December 8
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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