(401) 941-8353

MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support)

 Multi-Tiered System of Support in Rhode Island

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a prevention-based model built upon a solid foundation of core curriculum and instructional practices addressing the academic, behavior, and social-emotional learning (SEL) needs of ALL students. When students are not meeting with success, evidence-based interventions are implemented through a tiered continuum of supports and monitored for effectiveness.

MTSS-RI, which is funded through the Systems of Support contract at RIDE, provides professional learning, technical assistance, and coaching to K-12 schools and districts in RI to enable successful implementation in the features of MTSS. While addressing all tiers within a multi-tiered system, we also provide specific training and coaching around the implementation of Data-Based Individualization (DBI) through our partnership with the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII).


Our aim is to support educators in building and implementing evidence-based practices for engaging with and supporting ALL students, including multilingual learners, differently abled students, including students with IEPs, and students across all racial/ethnic groups. We do this by addressing systems level issues that support or hinder implementation and using data to determine areas of need and monitor progress.

Our professional learning is rigorous, aligned with the RI Professional Learning Standards (PLS), and has been chosen as a provider of professional learning on RIDE’s Educator Course Network.


MTSS Professional Learning

In spring 2020 we launched our new website and online learning management system, BRIDGE-RI, the home of all things MTSS in RI, with resources, guidance, research and professional learning opportunities. Here RI educators and administrators can engage in free self-paced (asynchronous) or facilitated (synchronous) courses as well as Communities of Practice (COPs) with other educators from around the state to build their knowledge of academic, behavioral and social-emotional learning and strengthen implementation in a tiered framework while earning certificates for Professional Learning Units (PLUs). Ready to get started taking online courses on BRIDGE-RI to earn certificates for PLUs? Create an account today–it’s free and easy. 


In addition, because we know that educators have MTSS-related implementation questions that may be unique to their own settings, we’ve also created BRIDGE-RI Office Hours. These monthly one-hour sessions will be:


  • a dedicated time and place to ask your MTSS questions;
  • hosted virtually on BRIDGE-RI; and
  • an active online meeting in which hosts and attendees can share air time. 


Keep up-to-date on what’s happening on BRIDGE-RI, including new course offerings, resources and events by signing up for our mailing list. It’s the best way to ensure you don’t miss out! You can also follow us on Twitter @mtssri or Facebook at BRIDGE-RI: The Home of MTSS Rhode Island.


“MTSS is a model that empowers teachers, new and seasoned, and provides a framework that supports differentiating instruction for a wide variety of learners.  For pre-service teachers the initial shock of trying to meet the needs of the diverse population of students in a classroom can be overwhelming. Knowledge of MTSS concepts, language, interventions and supports, and implementation strategies can help early career educators in developing the structure of their classroom across behavior, social-emotional and academic domains.”

Amanda, School Psychologist


“Using MTSS has enabled us to identify students at risk and use a process to gather data. Having knowledge and experience of MTSS has enabled me to manage my data gathering efficiently and prepared me to be more effective when presenting information on a student.”

Mary, Math Interventionist


“MTSS has provided us with a consistent process to analyze school wide data. As a result, we now have targeted school or grade level goals that are focused on the areas of need and are short term and realistic. We have one team that addresses both the academic and behavior needs of students, reviews the intervention data regularly and makes adjustments as needed.” 

Nidia, Principal


“Teachers work in a world that’s ever changing. There always seems to be something new to learn, with new initiatives, protocols, evaluation guidelines, etc. cropping up endlessly. But one thing that’s here to stay, and makes a lot of sense for everyone, is MTSS. A multi-tiered system of supports is not only designed to benefit our kids, it’s here for us, too. Putting​ ​the​ ​framework​ ​of​ ​MTSS​ ​around everything​ ​we​ ​were​ ​doing​ ​and​ ​unifying​ ​our​ ​efforts​ ​in​ ​the​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​behavior,​ ​social-emotional learning,​ ​and​ ​academics has​ ​immensely​ ​tightened​ ​up​ ​our​ ​efficiency,​ ​transparency,​ ​and​ ​unity​ ​of​ ​purpose.​ We also were able to identify places we were falling short.”

Erin, Instructional Coach


“…MTSS continues to be making change within our district. At the high school we are implementing more positive behavioral reinforcements, attempting to be clear with expectations, involving teachers and student leaders in conversations to continue on working to build a positive school culture.”

Kirsten, School Social Worker

MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support)

144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 02888
Phone: (401) 941-8353 (Ext. 120)
Fax: (401) 941-8535

Nicole Bucka

MTSS Implementation Specialist



Michele Walden-Doppke

MTSS Implementation Specialist


Ellen Reinhardt

MTSS Implementation Specialist



Lindsay Scarpaci

MTSS Technology Specialist


Main Office
Transition & Vocational Services
Professional Development

144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 02888

Phone: (401) 941-8353
Fax: (401) 941-8535

Hours: M-F
9:00am - 4:30pm

Alternative Learning Program
Grades K-6

1196 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

Phone: (401) 270-8588
Fax: (401) 270-8429

Hours: M TU TH & F
9:00am - 3:00pm;
Wed. 9:00am - 12:45pm 

Alternative Learning Program
Grades 6-12

51 Draper Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889

Phone: (401) 734-3440
Fax: (401) 734-3443

Hours: M TU TH & F
8:00am - 2:00pm;
Wed. 8:00am - 12:00pm