MTSS in a Distance or Hybrid Learning Environment

In our rapidly changing environment, we know that MTSS is essential as you continue to support students, whether you are in the classroom or teaching virtually. The resources and videos below will walk you through steps you might need to take to evaluate and improve your existing MTSS to ensure it meets the needs of the students you are supporting.

Use the links below to navigate to a specific section, or scroll down to explore each step.

  1. How to Integrate Student Success into Your MTSS          
    1. Follow these three steps to integrate Student Success into your existing supports for students.
    2. Resources: Use these sample agendas to get started!
  2. MTSS is Equity: Using Tiered Data to Support All Students
    1. Watch this video to learn why equity is an essential part of MTSS and understand how you can track and act on inequities using Student Success.
  3. Monitoring the Health of Your District MTSS in Student Success
    1. Watch this video to learn how you can use Student Success to track the health of your district's existing MTSS and start to use the data to make lasting change.
  4. Essential MTSS in Student Success During Distance Learning
    1. We'll draw connections between the features of Student Success and how districts across the country are utilizing them for distance and hybrid learning situations.

How to Integrate Student Success into Your MTSS

Step 1: Students are identified by data  

Who? What? Why?
Administrative Team or MTSS Team 
Administrative or MTSS teams will pull data from Student Success biweekly using smart groups and identify new students who are now at risk or in danger across indicators that the team has determined in advance.  Any students who do not need to be escalated immediately to tier 2 will be added to a static group and shared with members of the grade level team with a note. 
  • Adjust and analyze tier 1 supports 
  • Use equity lens 
  • Determine efficacy and progress of interventions as a school

Step 2: Tier 2 students are assigned a grade level support (or student support team) 

Who? What? Why?
Grade Level Team/Student Support Team 
During 10-15 minutes of each grade level team meeting, time will be dedicated to look at the shared static group and any administrator/MTSS team notes. Any student on the list will be discussed by teachers and support staff, an intervention will be agreed upon, and an intervention for the student will be created in Student Success. The team may select to add this student to an already existing group intervention, and decide on a champion or team to support the student. 
  • Alignment on the most effective intervention because several perspectives can brainstorm (i.e. is this a behavior intervention or an SEL?) 
  • Qualitative data + “stories” 

Step 3: Student is supported weekly by “champion” or team.  

Who? What? Why?
Champion or intervention “team”
Coaches or teams will complete the intervention weekly and update the progress in Student Success until the intervention is completed. Intervention updates should be completed by (time) & (day) each week.
  • Recording progress is best practice and can help inform future supports or escalations

Resources for MTSS Teams

Student Success contains data on many aspects of your MTSS, such as interventions and support notes, but what you often cannot see or change within the platform is the human aspect of your systems and processes. Now that you've learned about the technical piece, you can use this resource to start to brainstorm your next steps for shifting mindsets and human systems.

MTSS is Equity: Using Tiered Data to Support All Students

The video below, made specifically for  school leaders, explores how educators can use Student Success to evaluate their current Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) practices to ensure they are adequately supporting all students. 

The process of using MTSS to make sure all students are able to succeed within the systems you've created at your school is essential to our work as educators, but it is even more important given the current distance and hybrid learning environment. Without many of the previously existing face-to-face interactions you may have had with students, it becomes much more important to utilize accessible tools and technology to make sure that no student is left unsupported. Watch the video to learn some steps you can take to do this in Student Success.

Once you've watched the video, make sure you take a minute or two to think about your next steps in supporting students. You can create groups and reports in your platform to start to answer our final reflection question: In what ways will you plan to consistently analyze your data to ensure equitable supports and practices for all students?

Monitoring the Health of Your District MTSS in Student Success

The video below, made specifically for  district leaders, explores how you can use Student Success to evaluate the efficacy of your current Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to ensure they are supporting both the educators and students using them. 

Because you can see multiple aspects of your MTSS in Student Success, it is a good place to start to answer questions like: Are we supporting the right students with interventions? Where do our tier 1 supports need to be improved? What strategies are most effective for my team?

Essential MTSS in Student Success

Below you'll find video clips teaching you how to use some of the essential features of Student Success, alongside text that describes how educators across the country are using these features in distance or hybrid learning environments.

Feature How It Works Distance Learning Application
Assessments   Many districts are thinking about learning recovery for students right now, and understanding your formative assessment data can help you identify students who may require additional supports as the school year progresses.
Groups   We have heard from many of our district and school partners that they plan to use groups to track students in a variety of ways this year. 

Most common is the desire to track students based on how they are engaging with school. You could create static groups of students who are learning in classroom, from a distance, or in a hybrid
  Utilizing a tool like Student Success to track and manage student supports and interventions is essential during distance or hybrid learning. Using one tool to gather all information about a student's progress and experience at school allows all educators to see the same data,

The video to the left walks through how to create and monitor interventions in Student Success. Check out our newly expanded Intervention Library to see new strategies that you can use to continue to support students this year.
Support Notes & Social Emotional Learning   Support notes help educators document individual student needs when they’re reaching out to students at home or connecting with students in the school. Support notes help caring adults collaboratively support individual students and monitor student progress. 

For example, during a check-in with a student, if a teacher learns that the student doesn’t have reliable internet access, they can log a note about their tech/internet access and their virtual learning experience. You will also see options for logging notes around social emotional learning and basic needs. This will ensure students receive the resources to succeed this year. 

It is often helpful to combine support notes with student’s SEL self-reported survey results. This helps educators better understand student’s current reflections and perceptions and provide the best types of support. 
Uploading Documents   During a time when many educators are not meeting in person to discuss student supports, it is especially important for everyone to have easy access to additional information about each student's education.

While a large amount of data is available in Student Success, uploaded documents provide an additional layer of context that might not always be present in data.

Examples of documents you might upload include SEL activities you worked on with students, notes from a call with a student's parent, or detailed information about how they will be participating in schoolwork this year.