Building Capacity & Infrastructure for Implementation

Strong leadership, along with a solid foundation of knowledge, resources and organizational structures, must be in place to implement and sustain the NeMTSS framework.

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Strong leadership, professional learning and coaching help sustain the framework and boost educators’ capacity to meet performance expectations and students’ learning needs. Several district and school infrastructure elements must be in place to implement the NeMTSS framework successfully.

  • Strong leadership
    Effective, resolute and actively involved leaders are needed to support schoolwide efforts to improve student outcomes. Leaders who illustrate connections between NeMTSS and other school priorities will experience better clarity and fidelity.
  • Professional learning
    Professional learning not only builds skills and capacity needed to meet job expectations, but also helps improve educators’ effectiveness in raising student achievement. Strong, targeted and comprehensive professional learning opportunities are needed to successfully implement the NeMTSS framework.
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    Building Capacity & Infrastructure for Implementation

Why it’s Essential

Professional learning opportunities directly impact teaching quality and student outcomes. Capacity-building efforts should be ongoing, data-driven, team-based and aligned with core student goals and staff needs.


Below are guiding questions teams may consider during the NeMTSS building or refining process. These questions are intended to drive team member dialogue, reflect on current practice and determine future action steps.

  • What is the process for making decisions regarding professional learning, such as what professional learning experiences are offered and who attends?
  • What are the training needs related to core and intervention instruction, assessment, coaching, leadership, data-based decision-making and other considerations?
  • What is the coaching plan to support implementation of core instruction and intervention?
  • What are the indicators for implementation of core and intervention supports?
  • What is the process for fidelity data collection and use for core and intervention supports?


The following Capacity/Infrastructure for Implementation items are included on the NeMTSS Self-Assessment:

  1. The leadership team facilitates professional learning and coaching for staff members on data-based problem-solving relative to their job roles and responsibilities.
  2. The leadership team facilitates professional development and coaching for all staff on multi-tiered instruction and intervention relative to their job roles and responsibilities.
  3. Coaching is used to support NeMTSS implementation (systems-level coaching).
  4. Fidelity data are collected and used to inform decision-making.

AQuESTT Alignment

AQuESTT Tenet: Educational Opportunities and Access

When educator practice improves, students are more likely to achieve results. When student results improve, educators experience professional growth, and the cycle repeats for continuous improvement. When professional learning is standards-based, it has greater potential to change what educators know, believe and are able to accomplish. As educators’ dispositions, knowledge and skills evolve, they are able to gain a broader repertoire of strategies to adapt their practices to meet job expectations and student learning needs.

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