Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

Systemic Student Support (S3) Academy

The Department is pleased to announce a new Systemic Student Support (S3) Academy, aligned with our Safe and Supportive Schools initiatives and our existing academies for PBIS, Tiered Literacy, Tiered Math, and Inclusive Tier 1 Instruction.

The academy will be facilitated by the Rennie Center and Boston College Lynch School of Education's Center for Optimized Student Support, and will focus on K-8 schools.

This year, the academy will include three in-person workshops (December, February and April) and two virtual convenings (January and March), as well as additional targeted support and technical assistance. The academy is designed to deepen practitioners' understanding of the critical components of a system that effectively and proactively identifies and addresses students' strengths and needs.

By the end of the year, participants will have developed a plan to advance a system of integrated student support, which is embedded in/aligned with their overall school and district improvement efforts (including the work of establishing safe and supportive schools).

The deadline to apply has now been extended to Friday, November 9. See the application instructions for more details.

Download Word Document
Application Instructions
Download PowerPoint File
S3 Academy Appliction Informational Webinar

The Department held an informational webinar on October 11 about the S3 Academy. The slides from that presentation are posted above. If you have questions or would like to access the recording of that webinar, please email Rebecca Shor at

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.