Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Beth Lambert, SST-504 Facilitator
(443) 809-9524

Lisa Selby, MD-AWARE Project Coordinator
(443) 809-9759

Office of School Climate
Cockeysville Middle School

10401 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Office: 443-809-0305
Fax: 410-666-0025


MTSS Overview

The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework to guide schools to provide a continuum of prevention and intervention services and supports.  Decisions regarding the needed services and supports should be made:
  • based on data,
  • using practices proven by research to be effective at achieving the identified goals (Evidence-based practices/EBPs),
  • in a manner that ensures equitable and culturally proficient outcomes, and
  • using a multi-disciplinary team process.
This information should be used to support the implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports in schools by providing information and resources for specific interventions. These interventions should be selected based on a consideration of the needs of the school and MTSS goals. The other MTSS practices including a positive school climate, teaming, data collection, a problem-solving process, and progress monitoring, should also be addressed throughout the process of selecting and implementing any of these interventions.

Looking for Summer Reading Ideas? Check out the 2019 MTSS Summer Reading List!

Evidence-Based Practices

One of the key components of an effective MTSS is the selection and implementation of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs). EBPs are interventions that have been proven to be effective through research and evaluation. 

Several EBPs have been implemented in many schools throughout BCPS. Learn more about these interventions by clicking the links below. 

Restorative Practices
Request a Formal Restorative Conference
Conscious Discipline
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Classroom Check-Up
Community Partnerships
Family Navigator Services

More information about EBPs is available to BCPS staff on the MTSS Website. To access the website, log into BCPS One, click on Instructional Tools, and select the MTSS Tile.

This information was developed in part with support from the AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) Grant. AWARE is funded by SAMHSA and MSDE.