Making MTSS Work in Rural School Districts

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. address barriers to MTSS implementation in rural districts using consultation and collaboration skills
  2. promote evidence-based practices, data-based decision making, and team problem solving in rural districts
  3. effectively engage with key stakeholders and act as leaders of systems-level change to improve MTSS implementation in rural districts


School psychologists in rural settings encounter unique challenges to implementing multitiered systems of supports (MTSS). A case example will be reviewed highlighting the MTSS leadership efforts of school psychologists in a North Florida rural district aimed at reducing high referral rates and increasing the use of evidence-based interventions and collaborative problem solving. Barriers, facilitators, results, and lessons learned will be discussed. Practitioners will learn strategies to promote systems-level change and improve MTSS implementation.



Brittany Werch, Private Practice
Jamie Runyons-Hiers, Greater Clark County Schools


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