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) Framework uses a systemic approach to decision making to support excellence and equity within the culture of continuous improvement in Vermont schools. This approach focuses on successful outcomes for all students by:

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  • Supporting all adults to meet the academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs of students
  • Providing a layered continuum of high-quality, evidence-based instruction, intervention and assessment practices that are matched to students' strengths and needs
  • Relying on effective and timely use of meaningful data
  • Helping schools and districts organize resources to accelerate the learning of every student
  • Engaging and developing the collective expertise of educators, students, families and community partnerships

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Education Equity Brief: Supporting Our English Learners

Welcome to the 4th issue in our educational equity series, focusing on students who are identified as English Learners (ELs). This brief offers suggestions that address these students' needs through the VTmtss Framework and excerpts from a conversation with Jim McCobb, the AOE Title III/English Learner (EL) Coordinators.


The Agency of Education supports VTmtss by:

  • Sharing key criteria, expectations, and resources for implementing and sustaining the components identified in the 2019 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
  • Developing professional learning opportunities, resources, guidelines, networking opportunities, and tools to support implementation of VTmtss: academic, behavioral and social/emotional

Questions about VTmtss?

To learn more:

Sign up for the VTmtss listserv

Attend a VTmtss Office Hour lead by Agency of Education staff

Contact the VTmtss Team:

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

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

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

Julia Scheier, VTmtss Coordinator at Julia.Scheier@vermont.gov

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Secretary Daniel M. French
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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