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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Academies: SY2023-2024

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to offer a range of intensive professional development Academies designed to aid school and district teams with the implementation of tiered systems of instruction and support. Any district may apply for these MTSS Academies. However, please note that first priority will be given to districts with at least one school identified as 'Requiring Assistance' by the Massachusetts accountability system (in particular districts with schools that are in percentiles 1–10, have one or more specific student groups identified as "low performing", and/or has a high school with low graduation rates). Additional teams will be accepted for participation based on availability, readiness, and relative need.

Application Process

The MTSS Academies are offered as part of the Center for School and District Partnership's Professional Learning Portfolio of opportunities for districts to receive targeted support during the 2023-2024 school year. Please use the individual Academy applications below to apply for one or more MTSS Academy(ies). You can apply as a single school or as a district team. Districts applying for the MTSS Academies are encouraged to apply for school and/or district teams that are ready and committed to participate in a rigorous, multi-year professional development opportunity. For questions, please reach out to Andrea Ricotta .

When applying to one of the MTSS Academies, please be aware that as participants in one of these DESE-sponsored supports, district and school teams agree to participate in any ongoing evaluation and improvement efforts. The following is a list of example data that may be shared between academy partners, DESE, and/or potential third party evaluators.

  • Participation Data (e.g., attendance in trainings, technical assistance sessions, etc.)
  • Implementation Data (i.e., measures of implementation fidelity that could be reported by the school/district teams, by the Academy provider, or through observations and surveys, etc.)
  • School and District Outcome Data (e.g., suspension data, school climate data, attendance data, office discipline referrals, MCAS scores, etc.)

Academy Information and Applications:

Please use the links below to learn more about each Academy and apply. The first round of applications will be reviewed after April 28 and applicants will hear back from DESE by mid-May. Applications will remain open until each Academy reaches capacity.

AcademyRegistration Status
Culturally Responsive Teaching Academy Closed
Culturally Responsive Practice and Leadership AcademyAt capacity for SY23-24
Inclusive Instruction Academy Closed
Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Academy Closed
Systemic Student Support Academy (S3) Closed
Tiered Literacy Academy Closed
Tiered Math Academy Closed

Last Updated: December 18, 2023

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