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Enhancing Multi-Tiered System of Supports for District of Columbia Public Schools

DCPS is partnering with REL Mid-Atlantic as the district rolls out its expansive MTSS framework district-wide. Its goals in this partnership are to:

  1. establish clear standards for what it means to effectively implement MTSS@DCPS,
  2. identify what conditions at both the school and district levels support effective implementation of the system,
  3. understand data collection needs and aligned tools to ensure schools and students receive appropriate and tailored supports, and
  4. develop a communication strategy to promote buy-in among educators and families in using the system.
REL Mid-Atlantic is assisting DCPS’s efforts to use evidence to inform, monitor, and refine MTSS@DCPS to promote positive outcomes in student social-emotional and academic development. This will build DCPS’s capacity to move the needle on key outcomes over the next several years.

Partner organization: District of Columbia Public Schools

Current Projects

REL Mid-Atlantic is supporting District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to develop fidelity standards to assess the degree to which schools are implementing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). The coaching project will include co-facilitation of user experience conversations with DCPS MTSS staff, school level educators, and other community partners, a review of best practices literature on building fidelity standards, a scan of data currently collected through the MTSS system, and recommendations for implementation of the fidelity standards. The fidelity standards, co-developed by REL Mid-Atlantic and the DCPS MTSS team, will be disseminated and utilized during the 2023-2024 school year.
REL Mid-Atlantic will provide technical support to DC Public Schools (DCPS) to enhance their muti-tiered systems of support (MTSS) data reporting structures and dashboards and to identify pain points surfaced during the analysis of MTSS data. REL Mid-Atlantic and DCPS will then co-explore feasible solutions to address these challenges. To explore areas of improvement related to DCPS’s MTSS data dashboard and reporting structures, REL Mid-Atlantic and DCPS will co-facilitate up to five focus group sessions to learn about DCPS staff experiences with MTSS data reporting and use in years 1 and 2 of MTSS implementation. In subsequent working sessions, REL and DCPS will synthesize themes from the focus groups as well as co-explore and co-develop feasible solutions to improve these processes. DCPS and REL Mid-Atlantic also aim to address MTSS data analysis pain points surfaced through a series of working sessions that will explore root causes and feasible solutions for DCPS to adopt within their current data environment. Opportunities for additional capacity building activities in future phases of the partnership will also be explored.

No completed projects at this time.

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Acknowledging persistent disparities in student outcomes and a history of structural racism in the district, in 2021 the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) announced its goal to become a more equitable school district by examining and disrupting inequitable processes and practices.
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This partnership worked closely with Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to create sustained, systematic organizational change by helping DDOE implement a revised teacher evaluation system statewide that effectively helps teachers improve their instructional practice.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: May 10, 2024
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EDT Description: The purpose of this meeting is to work with the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team to identify items to assess principal and school-level MTSS lead perceptions of supports. These survey recipients are the key...
Event Type: In-person Event | Event Date: May 09, 2024
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EDT Location: 1100 First St NE #1200, Washington, DC 20002 Description: In this meeting the REL and District of Columbia Public Schools teams will review the revised fidelity standards and discuss recommendations for professional development...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: April 19, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm EDT Description: In this Ask an Expert session, the REL team will help District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) refine their draft Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Assessment survey items and build their knowledge and capacity...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: March 21, 2024
Time: 1:00–2:00 pm EDT Description: In this first of two sessions, the REL team will work with the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team to identify items to assess principal and school-level MTSS lead perceptions of MTSS supports.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 20, 2024
Time: 1:30-2:30 EST Description: In this session, the REL team will work with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) secondary school Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) specialists to gather insights on school usage of the fidelity standards and...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 06, 2024
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm EST Description: In this session, the REL team will work with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) elementary school Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) specialists to gather insights on school usage of the fidelity standards...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: January 23, 2024
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is actively working to promote equity, inclusivity, and the overall well-being of our students. We’re implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), an evidence-based, three-tiered framework of instruction...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: January 18, 2024
In a combined session, the REL team will gather District of Columbia Public Schools feedback on draft recommendations for data analysis and data platform capabilities following Activity 1 and Activity 2 sessions.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: November 09, 2023
Time: 11:30 am- 12:30 pm EST Description: In this session REL Mid-Atlantic will provide additional technical assistance to the Multi-Tiered System of Supports and Office of Data and Technology teams on how to incorporate possible solutions discussed in...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: November 06, 2023
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm EST Description: The REL Mid-Atlantic and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teams will follow the work from session 1.3A in co-exploring MTSS data platform capabilities and other recommendations for improvement.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: October 26, 2023
Time: 11:30-12:30 pm EDT Description: The purpose of this session is to share ideas on how to mitigate DCPS’s pain points (that are within their locus of control), assist DCPS in understanding technical and personnel requirements for implementing these...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: October 23, 2023
Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm EDT Description: The REL Mid-Atlantic and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teams will co-explore data platform capabilities and other recommendations for improvement.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: September 19, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm Description: In this session REL Mid-Atlantic and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teams will co-synthesize and contextualize focus group findings on takeaways for improving MTSS@DCPS reporting mechanisms.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: September 19, 2023
Time: 3:00-4:00 EDT Description: The purpose of working session 2.1 is to co-explore the current process of MTSS@DCPS data analysis and identify pain points surfaced by the MTSS and Office of Data and Technology teams that work with MTSS data regularly...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: June 29, 2023
Time: 1.00-2.30 pm EDT Description: REL Mid-Atlantic and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) staff will co-facilitate a discussion to hear directly from DCPS interest holders about their experiences with Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) data...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: June 23, 2023
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT Description: In this session REL Mid-Atlantic and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teams will explore how participants understand the initial draft of fidelity standards. They will discuss, with interest holders, the feasibility...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: June 13, 2023
Time: 1.00-2.00 pm EDT Description: REL Mid-Atlantic and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) staff will co-facilitate a discussion to hear directly from DCPS interest holders about their experiences with Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) data...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: May 04, 2023
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT Description: In this session REL Mid-Atlantic and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will review the initial findings from a literature scan on effective Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) implementation, a DCPS data...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: April 04, 2023
The purpose of this session is to explore how educators have experienced the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS@DCPS) in Years 1 and 2 of implementation and how the framework supports or hinders their work to provide...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: March 31, 2023
Time: 1:00 EDT Description: REL Mid-Atlantic will assist District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to better understand the potential applications of machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) in K-12 school systems.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: March 23, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm EDT Location: Virtual Description: The purpose of this session is to explore how district-level staff have experienced the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS@DCPS) in Years 1 and 2 of implementation...
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This partnership will work with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to support and improve the coordination and tracking of services for students with disabilities, to increase connection to career readiness and post-school career services and to post-secondary education opportunities. This partnership will also collaborate with the Center for Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Rehabilitation Services, and Charles County Public Schools.

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COVID both exacerbated pre-existing inequities in student performance and social-emotion well-being as well as brought COVID emergency relief funding. DCPS is leveraging these funds to improve the aforementioned inequities in part through its Multi-Tiered System of Supports, MTSS@DCPS. The REL is conducting both applied research and technical support projects to partner with DCPS in leveraging evidence-based approaches as it embeds MTSS district-wide.
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The REL will develop and test a writing toolkit in partnership with teachers, school leaders, and professional development coaches from four charter schools in Washington, DC, to address the need for improved literacy and writing instructions across DC.
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REL-Mid Atlantic is hosting a community of practice for state education agencies that are seeking to refine and improve school accountability measures in 2022 and beyond.
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This partnership will work with NJDOE, building on prior REL work, to use research and data to increase the number of teachers of color hired in the state and eventually improve student outcomes.
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This partnership will strengthen supportive learning environments and the social-emotional wellness of students and staff by building capacity in education agencies to use data and evidence to assess needs and to identify and implement promising strategies and programs.

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