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MTSS Leadership Institute

This year, DESE held the first MTSS Leadership Institute in Boxborough, MA on September 26th and 27th, 2019. Over the course of this two-day event, 67 district teams from across Massachusetts, came together to learn more about the new MTSS Blueprint, discuss leadership strategies and identify next steps towards building a more effective, comprehensive approach to support MTSS at the school, district, and state levels. School & Main Institute played a key roll in developing and implementing this inaugural event. 

All students are capable of grade-level learning with adequate support. MTSS is rooted in proactivity and prevention. The system utilizes evidence-based practices. Decisions and procedures are driven by school and student data. The degree of support given to each student is based on their needs. Implementation occurs schoolwide and requires stakeholder collaboration.

For more information:

MTSS Blueprint posted from DESE website

Massachusetts Tools for Schools Resources aligned to support MTSS implementation 

MTSS Academy information



In a Nutshell

Founded in 1985 at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, School & Main Institute (SMI) has grown into a nationally recognized, independent non-profit training and partnership development organization that has worked with organizations and state agencies in more than 35 states.


School & Main Institute staff and faculty have years of expertise as organizational leaders, program developers, trainers, and facilitators in the fields of education, workforce preparation, youth and community development.

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