Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Distributed Leadership for MTSS

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the current status of theory and research on distributed leadership, implementation science and multitiered systems of support.
  2. engage in conversation around leadership teaming for multitiered systems of support and how it influences daily school functioning.
  3. identify themes regarding how a school leadership team thought about and acted upon their distributed leadership approach for MTSS.


A multitiered system of supports (MTSS) is a comprehensive framework for serving students. However, implementation involves various components that are too cumbersome for one leader, which contributes to the use of distributed leadership for MTSS. Yet, there is little attention on how school leadership teams think about and act upon distributed leadership models when implementing MTSS. This presentation reports the findings from a case study examining a leadership team’s use of distributed leadership for MTSS.



Joseph D. Latimer, University of South Florida
Jose M. Castillo, University of South Florida


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