ISD (or regional) and district implementation teams are responsible for creating a local system that can implement and sustain district-wide MTSS. First, teams will need to spend time planning and preparing for the system. After these initial steps, teams still need to provide support to their constituent districts and schools for MTSS implementation.
Identifying Team Members
Implementation teams may either be from an ISD or a district. ISDs or districts that partner directly with MIBLSI are guided through an exploration process that includes selecting team members. If a district partners with its ISD, and not directly with MIBLSI, the ISD implementation team will help the district select team members.
Teams should have administrative decision-makers and content experts for behavior and reading. This may include an ISD or district:
- Curriculum Director.
- Special Education Director.
- Community agency representative (e.g., United Way, Community Foundation).
- Juvenile Court representative.
- Teacher union representative.
There are also two specific roles on the team that need to be filled.
- The MTSS coordinator, who is the leader of the implementation team.
- The liaison, who is also a member of the executive leadership team and ensures communication occurs between the two teams.
- Develop a three to five year action plan and revise based on capacity assessment, school fidelity assessment, and student assessment data.
- Align the plan with other ISD or district priorities and plans.
- Identify trainers, coaches, data coordinators, and content specialists to support constituent schools.
- Secure and allocate resources to support implementation with fidelity.
- Ensure communication to the school community and among various teams.
- Create and implement strategies to make MTSS easy to sustain in spite of any potential staff turnover.
Regional Implementation Team (RIT) Network
Members of ISD implementation teams participate in the RIT Network. MIBLSI leads training sessions for the regional implementation teams throughout each school year. ISD staff continue to learn about implementation efforts and helping their local districts with MTSS.
ISD vs. District
An ISD implementation team and a district implementation team serve similar purposes. The main difference is who they directly support. ISDs establish an action plan to support their constituents, which is usually the districts. ISDs can also provide support directly to schools. Districts create action plans to support their schools.
When an ISD is supporting districts, the ISD and district implementation teams need to ensure a structure is in place for the two teams to communicate. Not all districts will receive support for MTSS from its ISD, especially if the ISD is not a formal partner with MIBLSI. However, MTSS works best when the ISD and district collaborate to implement and sustain MTSS.