Your MTSS framework is your framework for Equity.
Dr. Ambra Green

University of Texas

Advancing MTSS

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) has been a framework used in academic, social and emotional learning systems and is a complex endeavor. Pennsylvania’s definition of MTSS incorporates the methodology of Response to Intervention to determine the impact of students’ educational experiences and growth within a cross-disciplinary approach.

Districts, schools, and intermediate units have a unique and compelling opportunity to advance their equity work within the drivers and practices for MTSS.   To assist with complex systems work, the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has researched over the last two decades a structure to support equitable development and sustainability in school improvement practice and policy. Implementation drivers fall within three categories: Leadership, Competency, and Organization.

The Equity work in Pennsylvania is an integral element in every implementation driver from selection of staffing (Competency) to the inclusion of diverse voices within the system (Organization) to the adaptability of policies and practices to meet the changing needs of the system (Leadership).  To assist districts and schools in this work, we will be sharing resources to provide support and build our collective competencies in improving the experience of all members within our learning communities.



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Deficit thinking can lead to staff feelings of helplessness and reductions in rigor. Dr. Kelsie Reed offers alternatives to deficit thinking in schools.

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Born to Win, Schooled to Lose: Why Equally Talented Students Don't Get Equal Chances to Be All They Can Be - CEW Georgetown

From Kindergarten to college enrollment, Georgetown University analyzes the factors that impact equity among student demographic groups and the research findings of the largest impacts.

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Go, Engage, Connect: Welcome Student Identity & Improve Equity

Dr. Christopher Emdin explains how culturally responsive schools are ‘ratchetdemic’ – an innovative term to improve the student experience.  Is your school / classroom ratchetdemic?
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Is Your State Prioritizing Teacher Diversity & Equity?

The Education Trust organization assesses Pennsylvania’s workforce diversity and offers promising educator diversity policy practices.

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Montgomery County Recruitment Outreach

The MCRO is dedicated to the recruitment, selection, and employment of diverse, skilled, and talented educators to work in our schools.  Visit this page for local updates and scheduled events.
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Equity: Taking Action (video)

Policies drive practices: Dr. Heather Bennett from PBSA and Dr. Stacy Winslow from the Derry Township School District discuss the what, why, and how of Educational Equity Policies.

How to Create a Sense of Belonging for Latinx Youth in Suburban Schools (Podcast)

Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez discusses what does belongingness mean at your school and specific strategies for educators in suburban schools.

Why School Board Diversity Matters

Senior editor for Education Week, Christina Samuels, shares strategies for creating a pipeline of educational leaders from practitioners in the field.
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“We have a common humanity. We are better when the most vulnerable amongst us improve. We all benefit.”

Dr. Tyrone Howard, University of California, Los Angeles