Implementation Planning to Support an Effective Tiered System

The Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) integrates academics, behavior and mental health into a single decision-making framework for establishing the supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students. The VTSS systemic approach allows divisions, schools and communities to provide multiple levels of support to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process (VTSS, 2016).

Building this framework is a complex and iterative process: stakeholders are identified and consistently included in planning as partners; existing practices and instructional resources are studied, aligned, and organized for efficient delivery; gaps are identified and matched to evidence-based solutions; student progress is frequently and consistently monitored; relevant and actionable data are collected in ways that are readily accessible for decision-making; teams are established to analyze data and make decisions; and, ultimately, all students and adults are integral and valued contributors in a system that is responsive to their needs and seeks to ensure their success. This process requires extensive collaborative dialogue, ongoing and embedded professional-learning, effective problem-solving, and compromise; it should be a journey that is both rigorous and exciting. It is a whole system change initiative that is unique in education. As partners in this process, VTSS Leadership and Systems Coaches offer each year, 3 one-day institutes for division leadership teams inspiring this change in schools. Each institute offers a General Session and four Strands that spiral through relevant topics and enhance implementation as you progress through the learning.

Note: For strands 1 through 4, session information and materials for 2018-2019 may be found by going to the links provided below, per strand.

General Session

More information on and materials for General Session

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 DLT’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.

More information on and materials for Strand 1

Strand 2: Academic Alignment

Division Leadership Teams will examine the components of the academic tiered system of support in order to better align with other systems.

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Strand 3: Implementing Advanced Tiers

Participants will examine school and division data to identify advanced tier needs and align systems in order to create success for staff providing these additional supports and the students who receive them.

More information on and materials for Strand 3

Strand 4: Equity in Tiered Systems of Support

Participants will examine division and school data to identify areas of need for various identity groups as well as opportunities to implement equitable practices and policies. By the end of the March session, participants will create goals for targeted groups and identify specific strategies to better support the success of all students. This strand is best for division level teams that have completed Strand 1. While it is optimal that teams have also completed Strand 2 and 3 and therefore have some experience implementing a tiered framework, it is also acceptable for teams to discuss the appropriateness of participating in this strand with their VTSS Systems Coaches prior to attending Strands 2 or 3.

More information on and materials for Strand 4

Strand 5: Family Engagement in Tiered Systems of Support

Participants will examine school and division data to identify advanced tier needs and align systems in order to create success for staff providing these additional supports and the students who receive them.

More information on and materials for Strand 5