The Toolkit

Phase 2: District-level Implementation


Step 1: Mobilize people

Form a District-Community Leadership Team and develop a shared knowledge of MTSS-B. Establish a common mission for MTSS-B implementation and formalize agreements with community partners that support student social-emotional and behavioral health needs.

Step 2: Use Data

Determine the District’s priorities and areas of need by reviewing risk and protective factor data and complete an inventory of current social-emotional and mental health programs/initiatives. Conduct an MTSS-B fidelity assessment to determine the degree to which MTSS-B structures and practices are in place.

Step 3: Make a Plan

Create a district-level MTSS-B action plan based on data-informed discussions about district needs, priorities, and capacities. Identify which school(s) will serve as demonstration sites, and develop a staff training and coaching plan to support MTSS-B implementation.

Step 4: Implement Strategies

Learn about MTSS-B routines and procedures and what it takes to implement these strategies with fidelity. Strengthen and build district infrastructure to support MTSS-B practices including the adoption of a social-emotional learning curriculum, universal social-emotional screening, a request for assistance process, facilitated referral pathways for accessing community mental health services, and other evidence-based interventions.

Step 5: Monitor Progress

Make a plan to regularly collect and analyze data related to MTSS-B activities and student outcomes, including annual assessment of overall MTSS-B fidelity. Use data and assessment results to inform district- and school-level MTSS-B action planning.