WEBINAR: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Timely Instruction for All Students

Join MAIER (Maine Access to Inclusive Education Resources) and the Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services and Inclusive Education (OSSIE) for a webinar with host Dr. Rachel Brown Chidsey on multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). This session will provide an overview of the components in a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and how students with disabilities can and should participate within all tiers.  Participants will learn the importance of a strong Tier 1 core instruction foundation for all students as well as how targeted (Tier 2) and intensive (Tier 3) supports are provided for students regardless of dis/ability. The session will conclude with action steps that special educators can take to ensure that their students are included within all tiers of support, as appropriate.

When: February 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Audience: For all educators and administrators
Contact Hours: 2 contact hours will be provided to participants
Register here

Rachel Brown Chidsey, Ph.D. Is a nationally renowned expert in multi-tiered systems of support for academics, and inclusive teaching practices. She has more than 25 years of experience in education and has authored dozens of articles, and many books on supporting struggling learners and students with disabilities. She is currently the president of the Maine State Council for Exceptional Children.

This session will be recorded and available on the MAIER after the event. For additional information please contact MAIER director, Dr. Sarah Howorth at sarah.howorth@maine.edu

Check Out the Newest Edition of the Multi-tiered System of Supports Newsletter

The Maine Department of Education’s (DOE) multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) team of its Office of Innovations is excited to release the newest version of the MTSS Newsletter.

Multi-tiered System of Supports Newsletter | January/February Issue

Released every other month, the MTSS Newsletter will feature four main topics in each issue: News to know, Tools to Use, Webinars and Conferences, and Voices from the Field.

  • In the News to Know section, you will learn about current and upcoming work that is happening in MTSS at the Maine DOE and in the education field. 
  • The Tools to Use section will feature an evidence-based tool that you can use to aid in the development and implementation of MTSS in your school. 
  • The Webinars and Conferences section will provide information and links to a variety of pre-recorded webinars to watch and when available, information about MTSS specific conference opportunities that are being offered.
  • Finally, each issue will include a question (and answer) or an MTSS implementation story from YOU that could help others with their MTSS implementation efforts.

Be sure to look out for the release of the newsletter once every two months.  The first issue is now available at this link.  The next issue will be released on or around March 10th, 2023.

If you would like to subscribe to receive the newsletter and have it delivered directly to your inbox, you can do so by clicking here.

Each newsletter will also be linked on the Maine DOE MTSS Website, located here.  

For more information about the newsletter, contact Andrea Logan at andrea.logan@maine.gov.

Announcing the Monthly Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Book Club

Interested in learning MORE about MTSS (multi-tiered system of supports)?  Consider joining the MTSS monthly book club! That’s right, book club is back!  Feedback from the summer book club was overwhelmingly positive, so that is the format we will use for MTSS book study for this school year.  Details for signing up are below.

Here is how it works.  Register for the book club or clubs that you would like to attend.  Next, get yourself a copy of the text and read it at your own pace on your own schedule.  Then, show up on the date of that book club and be ready to pose thoughts, questions, and other innovative ideas to your peers.  While not necessary, it would be helpful to keep written notes to capture your thinking as you read the text.  That’s it!  You will receive 2 hours of professional learning units when you join and participate for the full 2-hour book session.

The text(s) that we will discuss are as follows:

  • January 30th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Leading Equity-based MTSS For All Students – This book is geared toward school principals, strategists, and other school/district decision-makers.  The book outlines a process for building MTSS from the ground up and is full of templates that can be used in MTSS implementation and design.  Although not required, this book is best experienced with a team.   Sign up for Leading Equity-based MTSS.
  • February 27th from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM – Effective Universal Instruction – Back by popular demand, this is an encore book club of a past title: Effective Universal Instruction.  Principals, classroom teachers, special ed teachers, strategists, and gifted and talented (GT) teachers can all benefit from this text.  While mostly centered around tier 1, this book briefly touches on tier 2, and tier 3, as well as some philosophical, historical, and future planning perspectives and activities.  Sign up for Effective Universal Instruction.
  • March 27th 4:00 PM-6:00 PM – Demystifying MTSS – This book is appropriate for classroom educators, principals, and instructional coaches/strategists, and gifted and talented teachers and is geared toward anyone who is looking for practical actions school improvement teams can take to ensure all students’ diverse needs can be met.  Although not required, this book is best experienced with a team.  Sign up for Demystifying MTSS.
  • April 25th 4:00 PM-6:00 PM – Best Practices at Tier 1 – Elementary Level –    This book offers an opportunity for elementary principals, teachers, strategists, and GT teachers to come together to chat about some specific best practices in Tier 1.  From Amazon, “Created specifically for K-5 educators, this book provides proven response to intervention strategies to differentiate instruction, engage students, increase success, and avoid additional interventions.”  Sign up for Best Practices in Tier 1 – Elementary.
  • May 30th 4:00 PM-6:00 PM – Best Practices in Tier 1: Secondary Level – Calling all secondary teachers, principals, strategists, support staff, etc.  This book club is just for you! This book does exactly what it says…. it explores best practices in tier 1 at the secondary level.  Join this book club and can learn alongside fellow secondary educators across the state.  Sign up for Best Practices in Tier 1 Secondary.
  • June 28th 4:00 PM-6:00 PM – The Road to Success with MTSS – This book is appropriate for classroom educators, principals, and instructional coaches/strategists, and gifted and talented teachers and is geared toward anyone who is beginning an MTSS implementation journey or is preparing to revise current MTSS practices.  Sign up for The Road to Success with MTSS.

For more information about the Monthly MTSS Book Club, you can contact Andrea Logan, MTSS Specialist, at andrea.logan@maine.gov.  If possible, please put “book club question” in the subject line.


Inclusion for All: How to Support All Learners through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

The Office of Special services and Inclusive Education at the Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce our next speaker in our Special Topics Series – Dr. Katie Novak on January 4, 2023 from  3:30-4:30 pm.

Audience: General & Special Educators, Administrators, Parents, Caregivers and Community Members Interested in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Muti-Tiered Systems of Support(MTSS)

Cost: FREE Please register for the Zoom link here

While rocking out to a co-created playlist by DJ Swiff, attendees will understand:

  • A big picture of UDL, how it fits within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS),
  • How we can proactively design learning experiences that plan for variability and help all students reach rigorous, grade-level standards.
  • Be inspired as you learn about variability and barriers, firm goals and flexible means, and the power of expert learning.
  • How to be better prepared to design lessons and instruction that impact learners from preschool to adulthood in ways that are innovative, inclusive, and impactful (and fabulous!).

About the Presenter:

Katie Novak, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With 20 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and eleven published books, Dr. Novak designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning  (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership.

Dr. Novak is the author of the best-selling books, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, Innovate Inside the Box, with George Couros, Equity by Design, with Mirko Chardin, and The Shift to Student-Led with Catlin Tucker.

Be sure to be watching for announcements in the Maine DOE Newsroom of future featured guests in our series!

If there are additional questions about this webinar or the series, please email Tracy (Tracy.W.Whitlock@maine.gov), Anne-Marie Adamson (anne-marie.adamson@maine.gov ) or Dee Saucier (danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov).

Gifted and Talented Program Update Form is Now Live

The 2023 Gifted and Talented (GT) program update form is now live on the Multitiered Systems of Development – Gifted and Talented (MTSS-GT) website. Rather than a full application, we will be collecting district GT program information through a short survey.  This survey allows the Maine Department of Education (DOE) an opportunity to take a “pulse check” of GT programming happening around the state.  The survey is titled, “Gifted and Talented District Update Survey 2023” and is located under the MTSS banner.

All Maine districts are asked to complete the survey regardless of whether they have current GT programming, waiver status, etc. The purpose of the survey is to collect current programming information of Gifted and Talented services and is not a full program application.  The survey is currently live, and will be open through September 30th, 2022.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions about this year’s process, consider joining a MTSS-GT office hour!  The MTSS-GT office hour happens every Tuesday from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM throughout the summer.  September office hours will be Tuesday’s from 3:30-4:30 PM each week.  You can obtain the link for the office hours is here.