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MTSS Innovations in Education

Our History

Innovations began as a conference “For Doers, By Doers.” The “doing” in this case referred to implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) concepts. At its inception, RtI was focused on the individual student and that student’s response to instruction and intervention. The advent of universal screening, influenced our ability to efficiently and effectively identify students, and their needs. It created the opportunity to think more systemically about our instructional delivery systems and to apply RtI concepts across the educational cascade. This application is what is known today as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). It is a framework for addressing the needs of each and every student through the use of universal screening, leadership teams, data-both student and implementation data for decision making, evidence based instructional practices that are organized across multiple tiers-universal for ALL students, secondary intervention for some students, and intensive supports for few students.


Learning directly from people who are implementing MTSS is so much more powerful!


The persons who attend this conference are implementers from across the country, many of whom have the longest-standing experience implementing RtI/MTSS in practice. For MTSS to survive and flourish nationally, these implementers’ knowledge and skills must become available broadly, and we must begin offering “skills” focused conferences to support dissemination of effective practices on a much larger scale. Much can be learned from written documents, journal articles and overview presentations. However, it has been the collective experience of participants in the Innovations Conference that learning directly from people who are implementing MTSS is so much more powerful! Lessons can be learned about what works. Sometimes, however, the most important lessons to learn are about things that DON'T! The Innovations Conference has been filled with both.


Our ultimate goal of the Annual Innovations Conference is to support the collective learning of all who participate.


Every educator’s experience is a valuable part of that goal. Thank you for your interest and commitment to all children. We wish you well in your efforts to implement MTSS!

The Innovations Conference Planning Committee,

Judy Elliott, Margie McGlinchey, Dawn Miller, Pam Radford, and Stephanie Stollar