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Welcome to Georgia's Tiered Connection!

September's newsletter features resources and materials for implementing Evidence-Based Practices at Tier I and Evidence-Based Interventions at Tiers II & III, plus tips for eliminating barriers that schools and districts often find when implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

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Evidence-Based Practices and Interventions

In August, Georgia kicked off its first professional learning session with American Institutes for Research's Tessie Rose Bailey, Ph.D. Nearly 600 educators attended the event to learn more about Evidence-Based Practices and selecting Tier II and Tier III Interventions.

Early County School System leader Priscilla Yarbrough, Ed.D., shared what she learned from the two-day training. "In order to have collective efficacy, we have to have self-efficacy. Our teachers have to feel like they have the capacity to redeliver...effective evidence-based practices and also high-leverage practices," said Dr. Yarbrough.

PowerPoints and other resources from Dr. Bailey's training are available on our website under Professional Learning Resources.

The next Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students training will take place in Macon on October 8, 2019. Registration details will be announced soon. The information will be posted on Twitter first, so make sure you're following us at @GeorgiaMTSS!

District of the Month!

Muscogee County School District is the District of the Month for their innovation and dedication to engage all stakeholders. The district recently held its Student Success Summit 2.0 and brought together hundreds of parents, teachers, and leaders at Spencer High School in Columbus.

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Superintendent Dr. David Lewis Welcomes conference attendees.

Superintendent Dr. David F. Lewis and district leaders informed parents and educators about transition planning, partnerships, and Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Various door door prizes were awarded and food truck vendors provided lunch.

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Principal Kafele and Muscogee County Schools district leaders.

Education expert, Principal Baruti Kafele, was the keynote speaker. Kafele has written several books on school leadership and was named East Orange School District's and Essex County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. He is also a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.

Barriers Impacting MTSS Implementation


When implementing Response to Intervention, we generally assume there is a concern with the child; however, with implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports there may be an issue with the system.

All district and school leaders, teachers, students and their families have a role with implementing a multi-tiered framework. If one of these stakeholders is not actively involved, implementing the framework as it is intended is almost impossible.

Infrastructure is a critical component of Georgia’s MTSS. Georgia added this fifth component to emphasize the knowledge, resources, and organizational structures necessary to operationalize all components of the framework in a unified system to meet the established goals.

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Supporting the Whole Child

How to Overcome Barriers:
* Teams should discuss and determine what barriers could affect MTSS implementation;
* Use the district and school implementation fidelity rubric to self-assess performance on all components;
* Identify next steps to support the MTSS framework and engage all stakeholders.

Once all stakeholders understand their role in supporting the process, leaders should consider providing ongoing training and communication to ensure new team members can easily stay connected with the MTSS framework.

Professional learning cycles may include:
* Establish a common understanding of Georgia's MTSS
* High Leverage Practices (HLPs)
* Modules on each essential component
* Effective Social-Emotional/Behavioral Supports
* Data-based Decision Making
* Cultural Linguistic Responsiveness

It is also important to include time in the schedules for staff to access PL, plan, and implement effective instruction and evidence-based interventions across the three tiers.

Teachers need time to collaborate with interventionists/specialists to discuss data and effectiveness of interventions.

Communicating Next Steps:
Written procedures and protocols for districts and schools will communicate the system in place to implement Georgia MTSS. It will also assist all team members to understand their role in improving student achievement.

The Georgia Department of Education has created a webinar to identify barriers impacting MTSS implementation. It can be found at the link listed below:

Additional MTSS Resources

Resources for MTSS Implementation

Free Evidence-Based Practices Course
The Innovative Resources for Instructional Success (IRIS) Center developed an online module for Identifying and Selecting a Practice.

The free course is the first of three modules that dive deeper into the importance of identifying and selecting EPBs.

Modules 2 and 3 focus on implementation and evaluating outcomes and fidelity.

Visit the IRIS Center to access the modules.


The Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) and State Systemic Improvement (SSIP) Unit, have developed the GaDOE State Systemic Improvement: Student Success School Completion Toolkit. The School Completion Toolkit provides links to state and national resources as well as successful practices from local education agencies (LEAs) across the state aimed at improving outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities.

One key feature is the “Spotlight on Success” Interactive Map which features districts with successful practices across the state. This feature is continuously being updated.

The toolkit gives districts resources to build successful practices around the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) to increase graduation rates, decrease dropout rates, and improve student achievement for all students.

To learn more, visit School Completion Toolkit


Professional Learning Opportunities

October 8, 2019
Anderson Conference Center - Macon, Georgia

October 10, 2019
Kennesaw State University - Kennesaw, Georgia

October 22, 2019
MTSS for Middle and High Schools
Presenter: Tessie Rose Bailey, Ph.D.,
American Institutes for Research
Georgia Department of Education - Atlanta, Georgia

November 6, 2019
Progress Monitoring
Kennesaw State University - Kennesaw, Georgia

November 7, 2019
Progress Monitoring
Anderson Conference Center - Macon, Georgia

Registration details and other upcoming events will be announced on our website’s Upcoming Events & News section.

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Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students

You can now connect with us on Twitter and receive frequent updates and implementation news. Follow us @GeorgiaMTSS

Karen Suddeth,
SPDG Project Director
Phone: 404-656-6058
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Georgia Department of Education
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Georgia’s Tiered System of Supports for Students

The contents of this newsletter were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H323A170010. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Jennifer Coffey.

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