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Clinton County district leaders are in the first year of implementing their own multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS).
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Editor’s note: This story is part of a series on Kentucky’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and districts that are in the process of implementing their own MTSS.

Clinton County’s Supervisor of Instruction Stacey Evans says this school year has been the first one implementing the six components of the Kentucky Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) fully into the district’s schools.

“This is going to be an ongoing process throughout the school year,” Evans said. “We are looking at our Tier 2 (support for) students for this additional instruction, as well as good behavior that the OSEEL (Office of Special Education and Early Learning) group has incorporated.”

MTSS is an effort to support student achievement and social-emotional behavioral competencies through the integration of core instruction, assessment and intervention.

The vision of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), “each and every student empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future,” is the goal of an integrated MTSS.

The framework of the multi-tiered system of supports surrounds equitable access and opportunity.

At the center of the model is a triangle representing the tiered delivery system, designed to meet the academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs of all students.

Graphic shows KyMTSS logo: The multi-tiered system works around the equitable access and opportunity component. This surrounds the framework to represent the commitment to equity within all components of MTSS. At the center of the model is a triangle representing the tiered delivery system, showing support designed to meet the academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs of all students.

The KyMTSS model

Evans said that over the years, her district has been working on each individual part of the MTSS process. This year will be the first year that the staff will be putting those initiatives together.

“Teachers seem to be very receptive to learning new strategies that they can use in their classrooms,” she said.

Evans said it has been a district-wide push to find initiatives to support the staff and students this school year, such as implementing a system called eWalk, a program that gathers data from classroom walkthroughs.

“It’s where we go into the classrooms and we’re observing for about 10 minutes or so to see if we see these MTSS strategies now being implemented,” she said.

Collecting data through this system, she said, has helped keep them going in the right direction and making any corrections along the way.

“I think it’s a good thing. It’s meeting the student on all areas of behavior and that positivity that we want them to have,” said Evans.

To create a positive influence for the students in their district, Evans said many of the educators have been working on behavioral aspects and skills to help positively encourage students with whom they interact with daily.

As Clinton County collects the data and encourages staff and educators to implement new skills and initiatives into their classroom, Evans said this is the beginning of their MTSS journey and they look forward to the impact it will have on the students in the future.

“That’s what this is about, student achievement,” she said, “and that’s what we want them to do.”