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The MTSS Start-Up Guide

Ensuring Equity, Access, and Inclusivity for ALL Students
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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544394244
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 112
  • Publication date: August 14, 2020

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Launch MTSS—and your students—into success

MTSS is complex. Without correct implementation and evaluation, schools struggle to do it well and students can be negatively impacted in the process. With the guidance provided in this book, however, you can start on the path to equitable access and opportunities for all students to achieve.

In this hands-on guide, authors Jessica and John Hannigan, nationally recognized MTSS experts, have laid out a clear, ten-step action plan for implementing a truly effective MTSS framework at your school. You’ll understand the why, what, and how of MTSS, as well as how to audit and align your current practices, structures, and interventions in order to support all students. This guide provides:

  • Directions for conducting an objective audit of your existing MTSS
  • 10 essential indicators of MTSS implementation
  • Practitioner tools and tips for initiating MTSS
  • Instructions for using elements of continuous school improvement to ensure that what you are doing is working

With full-sized templates, tools for implementation, and reflection prompts throughout, The MTSS Start-Up Guide is designed to help you launch MTSS—and your students—into success.



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Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan

Dr. Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at California State University, Fresno. She works with schools and districts throughout the nation on designing and implementing effective behavior systems. Dr. Hannigan has a background in special education and student support services as well as experience with district level administration and higher education research. Jessica has developed inclusive research based best practices around systematic implementation of behavior initiatives. Dr. Hannigan is the co-author of multiple educational books such as The PBIS Tier One Handbook, The PBIS Tier Two Handbook, The PBIS Tier Three Handbook, Don’t Suspend Me! An Alternative Discipline Toolkit, Building Behavior, The MTSS Start-Up Guide, and Behavior Solutions. She has received multiple recognitions for her work, including being named California Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Outstanding Faculty Publications and Service Award recipient. She was also recognized by the California Legislature Assembly for her work in social justice and equity. In 2017, Dr. Hannigan was awarded the inaugural Association of California School Administrators Exemplary Woman in Education Award for her persistent work around equity in schools.
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John E. Hannigan

Dr. John Hannigan has served in education for over 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and county office leadership coach. John is a sought-after consultant who works with schools and districts across North America on designing and implementing systematic multi-tiered systems of support for both academics and behavior. Dr. Hannigan holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno. As principal of Reagan Elementary in California's Sanger Unified School District, John played a key role in the school earning California State Distinguished School, California Title I Academic Achievement Award, Gold Ribbon School, California Honor Roll School, Bonner Award for Character Education, and Platinum Level Model School Recognition for positive behavior interventions and supports. John has written numerous articles and co-authored nine books. He is the co-founder of Hannigan Ed-Equity Group LLC.

Connect with him on Twitter @JohnHannigan75

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Publisher’s Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Part I: What and Why of MTSS

Chapter 1. What and Why of MTSS

Part II: MTSS in Practice

Chapter 2. Frequently Asked Questions From the Field

Chapter 3. MTSS School Case Study Scenarios

Scenario 1: MTSS in Everything Everything School

Scenario 2: MTSS in a District-Led School

Scenario 3: MTSS in a Site-Led School

Part III: Where Do We Start?

Chapter 4. Assessing Your MTSS Readiness and Current State

What Is the MTSS Readiness Screener?

Who Should Complete the MTSS Readiness Screener?

What Is the MTSS Start-Up Assessment?

Who Should Complete the MTSS Start-Up Assessment?

Chapter 5. MTSS Start-Up Guide: A Blueprint for Start-Up Implementation

How Best to Utilize This Section of the Chapter

Part IV: Bringing It All Together

Chapter 6. Bringing It All Together



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