March 2023

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NDMTSS: Continuous Improvement

Driven by Data and Science

NDMTSS is a framework to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally in school. NDMTSS focuses on providing high-quality instruction and intervention matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals. Data is used to allocate resources to improve student learning and support staff implementation of effective practices.

NDMTSS Essential Components Summary

Understanding the essential components of NDMTSS is an important part of its implementation, but research suggests effective implementation is a major challenge for educators. Successful implementation of MTSS demands ongoing planning, continuous improvement, and sustaining and expanding efforts. Teams must examine current capacity and readiness, develop plans for ongoing professional learning, create structures and processes, conduct ongoing evaluation and review of implementation to inform continuous improvement, and engage stakeholders as partners in the work.

Watch & learn more:SISEP Video Series: Active Implementation Formula

Effective Implementation

Implementation science and Active Implementation Formula recognizes the need for effective practices that are implemented well and supported by teams and processes for improvement. All three are necessary to produce significant outcomes for students. The NDMTSS trainings for academics and behavior have been developed into a multi-year training plan to support school teams through the phases of implementation. Below are descriptions of the Phases of Implementation and the NDMTSS Training Roadmap reflecting trainings available to support implementation in each phase.

Phases of Implementation

Adapted for NDMTSS from the Center on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

by the American Institutes of Research, 2022.

Phase 1: Plan for Success (Year 1)

During the planning phase, teams focus on building the infrastructure necessary to support MTSS implementation. Activities at this phase may include conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, establishing a vision for MTSS, inventorying resources, developing implementation and evaluation plans, and selecting valid assessments and evidence-based intervention. Professional learning focuses on building staff buy-in and staff capacity to implement the NDMTSS essential components.

Phase 2: Implement (Year 2)

During initial implementation of MTSS, staff implement the processes, assessment and interventions identified and developed during Phase 1. Monitoring fidelity of implementation is critical at this phase and teams should identify and address barriers to implementation through regular teaming and problem solving. Ongoing professional learning focuses on improving staff’s use of data, increasing quality of instruction, and refining implementation fidelity of the NDMTSS essential components. It is important to remember that full implementation of the essential components is necessary to realize the full benefits of MTSS implementation.

Phase 3: Sustain and Expand (Year 3)

Effective MTSS implementation requires teams to regularly engage in continuous improvement activities. The focus of these activities is to improve the efficacy and efficiency of MTSS implementation but also address the evolving needs of staff, students, and state and federal demands. MTSS teams continue to build infrastructure and align existing systems to ensure staff can sustain full MTSS implementation, even when faced with staff turnover and changing priorities. It is important that teams focus on sustaining and expanding MTSS implementation through ongoing data analyses and stakeholder engagement.

Not sure where to start?

Join us for an NDMTSS Overview Webinar and

2023-24 Training Opportunities meeting

on Thursday, March 30th from 9:00am - 10:00am.

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Join our NDMTSS interest list for updates!

Planning for 2023-2024 is underway-

updates coming soon!

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NDMTSS News & Updates

NDMTSS Site Visits

April 17th - 21st and 24th - 28th

The final component for our Phase 1 training, NDMTSS: Developing Pathways for Academics, is an on-site visit with Wayne Callendar and an REA liaison. Each participating team will create an agenda tailored to their school/district needs, in order to provide individualized support to help build and strengthen their MTSS system.

Self-Assessments of NDMTSS (SAND)

SAND is the last component of Phase 2 NDMTSS: Evaluating Your System. SAND is an instrument used to measure school-level implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and helps with moving teams from their current state to their desired state. It takes us through the 5 key domains of a healthy MTSS system:

  • Leadership
  • Building Capacity/Infrastructure for Implementation
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Multi-Tiered Instruction

NDMTSS Conference Coming Soon!

Time to Brainstorm!

Please share your ideas on what is needed NOW for your teams to continue moving the work forward - think about topics, presenters, school examples, and more that would help guide us to assembling a

top-notch schedule!

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NDMTSS Rundown

Brief yet exciting recaps of our PD Trainings that happened around our region!

Before the ACT WorkKeys training, 33.3% of respondents reported having a "strong understanding" of the data provided in their assessment vendor reports.

After the training, that figure doubled to 66.7% (with all others indicating mostly or somewhat understanding).

Click for Rundown!

"It really helped us see where we need to begin to focus some time to eliminate our deficits and inaccurate thinking."

(Fort Yates Middle School)

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Participants learned about using the Behavior Advantage software to guide their implementation plans & processes, and to monitor their progress. They dove into implementation checklists, intervention descriptions & examples, and practical data collection & graphing.

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Upcoming Trainings

Phase 3 Diagnostic Assessment Overview

March 28th (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)

This online webinar will be led by Dawn Miller to review best practices in diagnostic assessment within an MTSS framework for academics and behavior.

Participants will build an understanding of diagnostic assessment, how it applies in an MTSS model, and how it allows educators to provide a more specific intervention match for each learner. This is an introductory diagnostic assessment session that will provide multiple examples and methods of diagnostic assessment processes.

Register by March 28th.

Phase 3: Progress Monitoring

In each platform's online webinar, participants will learn what Progress Monitoring looks like within that system and how to use the tools available.

AimsWeb Plus

March 31st

K-2: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

3-12: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Andrea Seibel will lead this online webinar.

Register by March 31st.

Renaissance STAR

April 12th

K-5: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

6-12: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dona Mae Zitzow will lead this online webinar.

Register by April 12th.


April 20th

K-1: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

2-5: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

6-12: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Shannon Harken will lead this online webinar.

Register by April 20th.

Phases 1 & 2 Videos and Resources

NDMTSS Leadership Network

Upstream Leadership Series

During this virtual Leadership Network session, participants can expect bite-sized learning segments around Upstream strategies and multi-tiered systems of support.

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Technical Adequacy Tool for Evaluation (TATE)

March 28, 2023

2-hours virtually. Attendees will be expected to view recorded content PRIOR to attending the session.

The TATE was developed to measure the technical adequacy (quality) of completed FBA/BIPs. It can provide scores and patterns that help. Identify specific FBA/BIP areas needing improvement. Essential components of adequate FBA/BIPs are presented along with the rationale for including each. This session is intended for educators who are responsible for implementing FBA/BIPs or who are supervising educators who implement FBA/BIPs.

MEASURE quality of completed FBA/BIPs

IDENTIFY specific areas for FBA/BIP improvement

Learn more and register here!
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NDSoR Training Options

Asynchronous Courses

A Shared Responsibility

Audience: K-3 educators who DO NOT teach reading directly (Art, PE, Library, Music, etc.)

Learn more and register!

Hybrid Courses

Leading for Literacy Impact

Districts and school-level instructional leaders will be provided with the scientifically based knowledge and tools needed to close the research-to-practice gap. Learn more and register!

Reaching All Learners: Community of Practice (Spring 2023)

This course is designed for educators who are committed to find best practices for language and literacy instruction in the classroom. Learn more and register!

CharacterStrong Weekly

Every Monday morning from CharacterStrong Weekly, receive a 2 to 3 minute video with a low-burden, high impact strategy to transform your daily work.

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Stronger Connections Grant Funding

The Stronger Connections Grant is a competitive federal grant that provides the opportunity for high-need LEA’s to improve conditions for student learning through the implementation of a comprehensive plan incorporating evidence based activities, programs, and practices to create safer and healthier learning environments that promote positive school climates and have a measurable and direct impact on students.

Schools could use for NDMTSS Academic and Behavior Trainings

For more information on the opportunity, visit the NDDPI website linked here.

Jennifer Glasheen
South East Education Cooperative
Lyndsi Engstrom
Central Regional Education Association