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Georgia's Tiered Connection

October's newsletter features the details about Georgia's new platform to help schools easily track the MTSS/SST process. It also features details about Georgia's Tiered System of Support for Students second online course.

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New MTSS/SST Online Platform Scheduled to be Released

We are pleased to announce that the MTSS/SST Online Application is scheduled to be released statewide January 2020 for implementation for the 2020-2021 school year.

The training link for MTSS/SST application is now available at *MTSS/SST Online Application*. All educators are encouraged to use the link to work with the application and provide feedback. Your input is needed to ensure that this tool meets the needs of the users.

Benefits of Georgia’s Online MTSS/SST Application
The newly developed MTSS/SST Online application is intended to help districts and schools facilitate data-based decision making within a tiered system of supports for students. This application is a tool that districts and schools may use to create and maintain a record of a student’s response to intervention.

General Features
* Accessible to all Georgia districts and is web-based
* Provides real-time data
* Allows transfer of student data if a student moves anywhere in Georgia
* Fully integrated with the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).
* Aligns with Georgia’s Online IEP (GO-IEP) application which is also a part of SLDS

Design Features
* Pulls pertinent data from the Statewide Longitudinal System (SLDS)
Offers search capabilities to open an individual student file
* Permits users to create and maintain records that are unique, unduplicated, and permanent
Allows user to enter intervention and progress monitoring data
*Generates a printout of a student’s educational plan

Simplifying the Student Support Team (SST) Process
Georgia’s Online MTSS/SST application helps with the adherence of the state board SST rule by facilitating and documenting the entire Student Support Team (SST) process:
*Allows users to enter Student Support Team (SST) members
* Provides an opportunity for users to maintain a communication log
* Permits file uploads of student documents

If you have any questions about the application or available resources, please feel free to contact Rondalyn Pinckney ( or Karen Suddeth (

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Districts of the Month!

Congratulations to Crisp County High School and South Forsyth Middle School for receiving the Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators (SSTAGE) Star Award for Promising Practices.

SSTAGE selected Crisp County High School and South Forsyth Middle School beause of their exemplary MTSS and RTI implementation practices.

Each school was evaluated on the following criteria:
* Effective systematic problem-solving process at each tier
* Coordinated system of instructional/behavioral supports/resources
* Coordinated system of assessment and progress monitoring
* Job-embedded professional learning and ongoing teacher support
* A systematic plan for parent/family communication and involvement

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The Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators provides leadership through collaboration, learning, and advocacy to enhance educator effectiveness and student success. For more information, visit SSTAGE.


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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for Middle & High Schools

National MTSS expert, Tessie Rose Bailey, Ph.D, American Institutes for Research, will provide tips for implementing MTSS in a secondary setting on October 22.

Location: Georgia Department of Education West Tower, 20th Floor - Floyd Room

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please register early because seating is limited. Use this link to register.

New MTSS Online Course Provides In-Depth Look at Screening

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MTSS Online Course

We are excited to announce the launch of our second online learning module entitled “MTSS: Screening.” This module provides an introduction to the essential component of screening and gives participants opportunities to practice using screening data to make decisions at the district, school, and classroom levels.

The course will be available statewide in the coming weeks. All educators are encouraged to access the learning module through SLDS to understand the benefits of screening all students.

Use this link for course registration instructions. Stay tuned as more modules will be released throughout the year!

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First District RESA Launches MTSS Consortium

The First District Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) held its first MTSS Consortium meeting in August at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. Representatives from all eighteen school districts served by First District RESA were in attendance.

Participants collaborated and worked as a group to identify goals to improve the fidelity of MTSS implementation in their schools and districts. The consortium participants received an overview of MTSS by Regional Coach Launa Chamberlin, Georgia Department of Education.

Cohort 1 districts shared lessons learned from year one and talked about how their districts and schools benefited from technical assistance from GaDOE.

Other topics discussed included MTSS overviews and building the Infrastructure to support MTSS, student achievement, and school improvement.

Future collaborative sessions will include support in strengthening the behavior piece of MTSS with screening materials and interventions, identifying appropriate and effective academic interventions, and starting the implementation process at the high school level.

The First District MTSS Consortium will meet on December 9, 2019 in Candler County and March 11, 2020 in Tattnall County.

This consortium is facilitated by Kathleen Tootle and Kim Bennett, both from First District RESA. Visit First District RESA for more information.

Statewide MTSS Implementation Resources

2019-2020 MTSS Infrastructure Webinar
Schools are complex organizations that are influenced by major interconnected systems. Together, these parts impact the whole child. Listen to the latest MTSS Infrastructure webinar for tips to help ensure effective implementation.
Link to view MTSS Infrastructure Webinar and Transcript.

Screening Fact Sheet
In preparation for the upcoming MTSS October regional trainings on Screening, Georgia's MTSS team has updated a Screening fact sheet for participants to review and share. Access the documents by clicking on the link below.
Screening Fact Sheet

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October Professional Learning Opportunities

This fall, Georgia's MTSS has multiple trainings. The 2019-2020 Professional Learning Calendar is now accessible online. Use the link below to view dates, locations, and registration details.

2019-2020 MTSS Professional Learning Calendar

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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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