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What is a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)?

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

California’s MTSS focuses on aligning initiatives and resources within an educational organization to address the needs of all students. It is an integrated, comprehensive framework for local educational agencies (LEA) that aligns academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning in a fully integrated system of support for the benefit of all students. MTSS offers the potential to create systematic change through intentional integration of services and supports to quickly identify and meet the needs of all students.

California’s vast and complex Prekindergarten through grade twelve (Prek–12) educational system requires a multifaceted approach that is scalable and sustainable. The California Department of Education’s (CDE) vision of “one coherent system of education” offers an opportunity to build the foundation for educational excellence. Through the use of Implementation Science, Universal Design for Learning, and the Whole Child approach, among other evidence-based interventions, MTSS affords a full range of academic, behavioral, and social support for all students to achieve.


View a quick primer video on MTSS  (Video; 3:27), created by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), for an overview of MTSS.

Orange County of Office of Education Guide to Understanding CA MTSS

California MTSS 2020 - July 28-30 Anaheim Convention Center

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As we assess the impact of COVID-19 in our education communities, we are all in agreement that the safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority. Our joint planning team from OCDE, CDE, BCOE, and UCLA are continuing to monitor COVID-19 updates from the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Convention Center, and local health authorities to plan for a safe event.

As of today, we plan to proceed with the California MTSS Professional Learning Institute (PLI) and will continue to put plans in place that prioritize the health and safety of our attendees, staff, partners, and volunteers. We will monitor the situation closely and update you if anything changes.    

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