Many schools are familiar with implementing a new idea or practice, only to see it fail or fizzle out. There are lots of reasons these efforts lack the desired results or staying power. Usually the issues include a lack of proper training, adopting practices before staff is ready, or only using parts of a practice because of depleted resources. In short, schools attempt implementation without fidelity.
The Technical Assistance programs focus on implementation with fidelity, which is a key element of an MTSS framework. Proper implementation ensures that resources and supports are in place so that practices can have their intended impact. Proper implementation also helps sustain the practices as the standard operating procedures. Each ISD, district, and school goes through five stages of implementation.
Stages of Implementation
Examine your readiness to commit to implementing MTSS.
Leadership decides if it should apply to partner with a TA Center program.
Leadership decides if supports from its ISD are needed to partner with a TA Center program.
Leadership prepares to partner with its district.
Set up your infrastructure with teams, data systems, and an implementation plan.
ISDs establish implementation teams and prepare to support districts.
Districts establish implementation teams and prepare to support schools.
Schools establish leadership and grade level teams and prepare to support students.
After you have built capacity, try out the practices, learn, and improve.
ISDs use data to select the districts to support. ISDs help the districts through their installation.
Districts use data to select the schools to support. Districts help the schools through their installation.
Schools provide universal (Tier 1) supports to students and begin examining school and student data.
After successful implementation, repeat the process with more partners, programs, and practices.
ISDs partner with more districts and support them through installation and initial implementation.
Districts partner with more schools and support them through installation and initial implementation.
Schools expand their MTSS to include targeted (Tier 2) and intensive (Tier 3) supports for all focus areas (behavior and reading).
After full implementation, keep refining the practices to be more effective and efficient.
ISDs continually review their ISD and district data and support any area showing slippage.
Districts continually review their district and school data and support any area showing slippage.
Schools continually review their school data and create action plans to support any weaknesses.