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Essential Components

As of 2016, in Colorado, there are five Essential Components in the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.

Here is a list of the Components with a Practice Profile included for each component;
these profiles were published in fall 2015, and the newer versions will be posted by end of summer 2016.

NOTE: COMING SOON - Each Component will have its own hyperlinked page for the related tools, slides, and information for that component.
Additionally, you can scroll down to access files with definitions and descriptions of the Components.

  1. Shared Leadership
  2. Data-Based Problem Solving and Decision Making
  3. Layered Continuum of Supports
  4. Evidence Based Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment Practices
  5. Family, School, and Community Partnering (FSCP)

Although no longer an essential component, you may still find that accessing the Universal Screening & Progress Monitoring practice profile is of use. 

These components are not sequential and not hierarchical. They are complementary, and they are not mutually-exclusive. It is the integrated implementation of all components that leads to an effective and comprehensive framework.

Definitions and Descriptions

Please note: These tools (included below) were developed prior to the 2016 revision of the components. We anticipate new revisions of these tools will be posted by end of summer 2016.

View the Resources page for videos related to each of the Essential Components and for Implementation Science and an MTSS Overview.

If you choose to use any of our materials, we ask that you provide relevant citation information; please see the Guidelines for Use file for additional clarification. Please note: The following statement applies to all materials from the Office of Learning Supports: The contents of this material were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

*For professional learning opportunities, please visit the MTSS Support page. 

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Email: Kim Watchorn 
Phone: 303-866-6262

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