Comprehensive Guide to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) 

Review the Comprehensive Guide to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to learn about how districts are using MTSS to ensure that all students have the resources and support needed to succeed. Under What is MTSS, see how schools are using the “inverted pyramid” to serve all students, small groups in need of additional interventions, and individual students who …

Guidelines for designing middle-school transition using universal design for learning principles

Review this article by Australian researchers to understand how UDL principles can be applied to transition planning and activities. Annex 1 includes a table with examples for reaching students with diverse needs (e.g., modeling a high school schedule for middle schoolers, soliciting student feedback through surveys and group discussions, goal setting for incoming students).  

6 considerations for MTSS in a pandemic

Read 6 considerations for MTSS in a pandemic to hear a middle school coordinator’s perspective for multi-tiered systems of support during a pandemic. It includes a  discussion about ensuing Tier 1 supports are not overlooked to focus on individualized supports.

Ensuring Successful Student Transitions from the Middle Grades to High School

Review this resource for District and State level leaders: Ensuring Successful Student Transitions from the Middle Grades to High School. It outlines research on the importance and impact the 9th grade year can have on a student HS graduation possibilities as well as how states can strategically fund programs and services to help make the transition supportive for …

Attendance Works: A District Transitions Planning Guide

Look at this District’s Transition Planning Guide that is designed to assist district leaders in working with district and school teams to create a data-informed transition plan for the return to in-person learning. This planning guide puts students and families at the center, especially those who have lost out on learning due to Covid-19.