2020 NeMTSS Summit
The Nebraska Department of Education’s 2020 Nebraska MTSS Summit, “Moving Forward into the Unknown,” featured sessions to help schools promote success and wellness for students and staff.
Nebraska’s MTSS system gives schools powerful tools and knowledge to provide effective instruction for all students using a collaborative, comprehensive and preventive problem-solving approach.
Essential Elements of NeMTSS
NeMTSS is based on the idea that all students require early and powerful academic and behavioral core instruction with the potential for high-quality interventions of increasing intensity. Nebraska stakeholders have identified the following elements that are essential to implement and sustain a successful MTSS framework.
This must be a joint problem-solving effort. All stakeholders, including districts, schools, classroom and individual students, must work together to foster a culture of collaboration and shared leadership.
Communication, Collaboration & Partnerships
There must be school-wide awareness and knowledge of the framework and its purpose. Strong communication and partnership with families and communities contributes to students’ success and should be strategically tied to specific school and family needs.
Evidence-Based Practices: Curriculum, Instruction, Intervention & Assessment
All curriculum, instruction, intervention and assessment practices must be evidence-based. Thoughtful use of practices and strategies backed by meaningful research helps improve student outcomes while bridging the research-to-practice gap.
Building Capacity & Infrastructure for Implementation
A solid foundation of knowledge, resources and organizational structures must be in place. Strong leadership, professional development and coaching help sustain the framework and boost educators’ capacity to meet performance expectations and student learning needs.
Layered Continuum of Supports
All students must have access to a full continuum of supports for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral growth. In addition to core curriculum and instruction, the framework helps identify students who will benefit from increasingly intensive supports.
Data-Based Problem-Solving & Decision-Making
Data and research must guide decision-making at all support levels. Teams examine data using a consistent decision-making and problem-solving process to build, implement, evaluate and refine the framework and guide instructional and intervention decisions.