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ND Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

NDMTSS is a framework for North Dakota schools to create a system that supports all students academically, behaviorally, and social-emotionally. NDMTSS focuses on supporting school personnel in providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals. Data are used to allocate resources to improve student learning and support staff implementation of effective practices.  The NDMTSS framework is supported through a series of professional learning and technical assistance to guide districts in creating, implementing and maintaining a multi-tiered system of supports. 

Building a System in Your School

Teams build an action plan to determine first steps in creating a multi-tiered system of supports.

(Installation Phase)

Pathways for 

Teams explore and develop an academic pathway to meet the diverse needs of all students.

(Installation Phase)


Teams plan for and develop school-wide expectations of behavior, a plan to teach those behaviors, and an action plan for further implementation. 

(Installation Phase)

Trauma-Informed Practices For Schools (TIPS) Needs Assessment

Teams  will move towards becoming a trauma-informed school by analyzing the gap between current state and desired state of the 5

trauma-informed practices.   


(Planning Phase)

Evaulating Your 

Teams focus on the innovation of their NDMTSS model with emphasis on data-driven decision making. 


(Implementation Phase)

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (Tier 2)

Teams will cover the critical features to support supplemental interventions (Tier 2) within their Positive behavior intervention and supports system. 

(Implementation Phase)

Promoting Social Emotional Learning

Teams  will explore the 5 social emotional competencies, evaluate current SEL instructional practices, and explore the NDMTSS SEL learning goals and scales.    

(Installation Phase)

Foundations of Reading

Instruction and Intervention


(Implementation Phase)

Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR)

Teams will learn a school-based model of individualized positive behavior support

(tier 3). 

(Implementation Phase)

NDMTSS is supporting continuous improvement state-wide

NDMTSS recognizes that providing students with the best opportunities to succeed requires a constant focus on improvement.  Like any school improvement process, the continuous improvement cycle empowers school systems to effectively plan and implement through 5 essential components

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