Vermont Multi-Tiered System of Supports

A Multi-tiered System of Supports is a framework that unifies educational opportunities and supports to improve outcomes and ensure equity for all students.

The Vermont Multi-tiered System of Supports (VTmtss) is a systemic approach to decision-making for excellence and equity within a culture of continuous improvement that focuses on successful outcomes for all students. This systemic approach:

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  • Supports the collaboration of all adults to meet the academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs of all students,
  • Provides a layered system of high-quality, evidence-based instruction, intervention, and assessment practices that are matched to student strengths and needs,
  • Relies on the effective and timely use of meaningful data,
  • Helps districts and their schools organize resources to accelerate the learning of every student, and
  • Engages and develops the collective expertise of educators, students, family and community partnerships.

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The Agency of Education supports VTmtss by:

Sharing key criteria, expectations, and resources for implementing and sustaining the components identified in the VTmtss Field Guide

Supporting data-based problem-solving approaches, effective leadership teaming practices, integration of resources, and research across all levels of our PreK-12 cascade

Building common language around equity and excellence for all schools

Providing technical assistance focused on continuous improvement in schools that provide a continuum of supports to meet the needs of all students. Please complete the TA Request Form.

Developing professional learning opportunities, resources, guidelines, and tools to support implementation of VTmtss: academic, behavioral and social/emotional


Questions about VTmtss?

To learn more:

TA Request Form

Sign up for the VTmtss listserv.

Contact the VTmtss Team:

Tracy Watterson, VTmtss Program Manager at Tracy.Watterson@vermont.gov

Kate Anderson, VTmtss Coordinator at Kate.Anderson@vermont.gov

Caitlin Chisholm, VTmtss Coordinator at Caitlin.Chisholm@vermont.gov

Tom Faris, VTmtss Coordinator at Thomas.Faris@vermont.gov

Nancy Hellen, VTmtss Coordinator at Nancy.Hellen@vermont.gov

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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Phone: (802) 828-1130 | Fax: (802) 828-6430
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