MTSS: Meeting every child's unique needs

  • MTSS Schools across Kansas are using a system to make sure students gain the academic, social-emotional and behavioral skills that lead students to successful, happy, safe lives, both now and wherever their future college and career plans lead them. This approach is called MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.


    If your child receives full-time intensive special education services, speak with your child's teacher or para to learn how MTSS programs affect your student.


    The first layer of instruction in academics, social-emotional skills and behavioral expectations is called "universal" because it is provided to all students. Whether reading, science, behavior, or 21st Century soft skills, these lessons are provided to all students and will meet the needs of most students, most of the time.


    For those students who need another layer of support — either extra practice or greater challenge — there are "workshops" that provide the additional time when an educator can work with a small group of students who need similar support. A few students may need yet another layer of support — one-on-one time with an educator, for example — until more skills are learned.


    Rather than wait for students to struggle or become bored, we are proactive in assessing how students are progressing in all three areas — academics, behavioral skills and social-emotional learning. Providing supports as early as possible helps make sure that students have the best chance for mastery and success!


    Getting involved

    When more supports are beneficial, we with work with you to find the right options for your child. If you feel your child needs support in academic, behavioral or social-emotional learning — extra help or enrichment — please contact your child's teacher with your concerns or ideas. Professionals and resources are available, and we want to partner with you to support your child!