Building Multi-Tiered System of Supports Tied to Shared Vision for Readiness

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is is an integrated, systemic framework designed to use data-based problem-solving to respond to the needs of all students.

The Inflexion Approach is built upon an organizational model where identity informs the organizational structures that support the approaches to learning that empower student readiness. The Two Anchors (Identity and Vision for Readiness) are the cornerstones of how to apply this model.

Shared Vision for Readiness defines and communicates the holistic set of skills that ALL students need for success after high school.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch“Students get the message about what adults want. When 4th graders in a variety of classrooms were asked what their teachers most wanted them to do, they didn’t say, “Ask thoughtful questions” or “Make responsible decisions” or “Help others.” They said, “Be quiet, don’t fool around, and get our work done on time.” – Alfie Kohn

Reflection Prompts

  • Several key concepts are important when building a strong Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) so that all students are empowered and prepared for their futures. While building or strengthening your MTSS, how are you aligning to the following concepts?
    • Relationships matter: developing/sustaining healthy relationships and a sense of belonging
    • Students get what they need when they need it: students show up with unique strengths and they need different supports to build those strengths and grow in areas they have challenges.
    • Power of the collective: our individual strengths have a greater impact when we work together.
    • Ownership of learning: learners in the community are motivated, engaged, and feel a sense of autonomy, choice, and responsibility in their actions.
    • Inclusiveness: instructional approaches, opportunities, and supports are culturally relevant and inclusive of everyone in the school community. 
  • Reflect and document which student groups at your school need barriers removed in order for them to succeed and what are those barriers.
  • What supports and strategies are currently in place to remove barriers for your students?