MTSS Teams’ Roles and Responsibilities

  • 1. Senior MTSS Leadership Team and District MTSS Coaches:

    The key support role and responsibilities of the District MTSS Leadership Team are…

    • Engage district, family, and community partners to identify students’ needs and resources for responding to students’ needs.
    • Prioritize initial and ongoing allocation of resources, so that professional development and coaching take place.
    • Direct available monetary assets, personnel, curriculum materials, and time that facilitate the implementation of MTSS as a framework for supporting all students.
    • Participate in MTSS evaluation
    • Support the District MTSS Team with removing barriers that block the successful MTSS implementation.
    • Assist schools in development and training of their MTSS school leadership team.

    2. District MTSS Team:

    Under the guidance of the District MTSS Coaches, the key support role and responsibilities of the District MTSS Team (Implementation Team) are:

    • Assist schools with the establishment of its school MTSS Team according to …
    • Monitor their base school’s capacity to implement MTSS with fidelity by attending PLC s & MTSS meetings
    • Assist the MTSS Senior District Team in establishing the support infrastructure needed for sustaining high-quality implementation.
    • Attend their base school’s MTSS team meetings and share district updates
    • Assist their school-based MTSS School Team with the implementation of a collaborative problem-solving model (TIPS).
    • Offer collaborative support with securing academic, behavioral, social and emotional research-based interventions 
    • Participate in their base school’s MTSS problem-solving process
    • Assist their base-school with processes and protocols for identifying student needs, challenges, and measuring the effectiveness of its selected interventions.
    • Monitor the alignment of their base-school’s MTSS strategies and NC Star indicators to improve student achievement.
    • Share their base-school’s implementation successes and challenges at the District MTSS Team meetings

    3. School MTSS Leadership Team:

    • The School Leadership Team includes 6-8 members with cross-disciplinary representation (e.g. principal, general and special education teachers, content area experts, instructional support staff, student support personnel) and is responsible for facilitating MTSS implementation.


    • Required members:  


    MTSS School Coach

    Minimum of three grade level/department representatives (including EC)

    School Counselor


    • Recommended members:

    School Psychologist  (required for individual student problem-solving team meetings)

    Other support (mental health, attendance, social worker)


    • The MTSS School Leadership Team’s primary focus is to:
    1. Facilitate school-wide implementation of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) for all students.
    2. Recommended team members include cross-disciplinary representatives including:
    1. principal, general education teachers, special education teachers, content specific teachers, student support personnel, and a school MTSS Lead.


    • Members of this team, function with a clear vision for facilitating MTSS development by:
    1. examining school-wide attendance, academic, and behavioral/social-emotional data and focusing on the needs of their students.
    2. The members must not only be representative of the school but also have the beliefs, knowledge, and skills to lead implementation efforts.

    4. Grade Level Team/ MTSS Professional Learning Community

    • Confirms the consensus made by the school leadership team regarding school-wide data and group data.
    • Matches students served to supplemental interventions, as defined by the school leadership team. (In an elementary setting, this is most often the grade level team or grade level PLC. In a middle school setting, this is most often a team of teachers that share the same group of students. In a high school setting, this team may be the same as the school leadership team or another team that is examining school-wide practices and ensuring that students deemed at-risk are provided quality intervention in order to achieve positive outcomes.)
    • Ensures sound communication in a seamless system for student support.

    5. Student Assistant Team/MTSS Student Problem-Solving Team

    • Designs individualized supports for students who require something more intensive for an area(s) of difficulty than the standard treatment protocol designed by the school leadership team.
    • Ensures students requiring this level of support includes collaboration with specialized personnel to consult on the design of the students’ special needs intervention plan that’s designed for their unique needs.