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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

2020 CO-MTSS Summit

Attend our annual Summit on August 3rd (8:30-5:30pm) and August 4th (8:30-1:00pm) at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel (4 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO)

The purpose of the Summit is for educators to gain knowledge, understanding, and application of CO-MTSS. Our theme this year is "All means All: Passion, Purpose, and Problem Solving." This theme highlights one of CDE's initiatives, giving access and opportunity to all students in Colorado. This two-day event will feature over 60 breakout sessions, a poster session and networking evening, and keynote speakers to discuss using data to support students with under-represented needs. 

We are happy to feature two keynotes speakers this year. August 3rd will feature Dr. Rich Milner and August 4th will feature Dr. Donna Ford.

Registration is free! Click here to register!

Book your hotel room at the Antlers website here or use a third party to book. (Note that there is no special conference rate for rooms). 

Interested in presenting at the 2020 CO-MTSS Summit? Submit a proposal to present either a 75-minute breakout session or a poster session by clicking here! Proposals are due by April 15 and notifications for acceptance will be made by mid-May.

Office of Learning Supports

The Office of Learning Supports is part of the Teaching and Learning Unit. The mission of the Office of Learning Supports is to support school and district systems development for the effective implementation of multi-tiered frameworks to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for all. 

About MTSS

MTSS is a framework applied at the state, district, and school level that uses implementation science to create one integrated system. This system is designed to support the needs of all students. MTSS is defined as a prevention-based framework of team-driven data-based problem solving for improving the outcomes of every student through family, school, and community partnering and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices applied at the classroom, school, district, region, and state level.


MTSS Essential Components

MTSS consists of 5 essential components. Please click on each link below for more information on each component:

  1. Team-Driven Shared Leadership
  2. Data-Based Problem Solving and Decision-Making
  3. Family, School, and Community Partnering
  4. Layered Continuum of Supports
  5. Evidence-Based Practices

At the district or regional level, leadership teams build infrastructure that supports the implementation of the 5 components of MTSS. The building of this infrastructure includes (1) identifying and aligning key priorities, (2) securing funding, resources, and time to implement those priorities, (3) developing training and coaching structures to support personnel with implementation, and (4) gathering data to evaluate the implementation and impact of the key priorities.

At the school level, building teams implement their identified priorities and build a tiered system that fits their respective context. School teams identify the fidelity and student outcomes they wish to achieve and then identify the data needed to monitor progress toward those outcomes. They also outline the practices used at each tier, as well as the systems that enable staff to both implement the identified practices and to gather the required data.


MTSS Overview Video

If you choose to view the video and would like guiding questions as support, please consider using this MTSS Overview Video Investigation Guide (2016). If you need closed captioning, please select that option in the bottom menu of the video playback.

Access the MTSS Resources page for additional CO-MTSS materials.

For more information, please contact Allison Greene, 303-866-6355.