The purpose of the Central Rivers AEA School Improvement Team is to partner with schools and districts in the continuous school improvement process, providing support based upon your current needs, to increase student achievement and well-being by addressing the five conceptual areas within the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) framework: Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making, Universal Instruction, Intervention System, Leadership, and Infrastructure.

Self-Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI)

If you’re interested in learning more about the health of your MTSS system, your school improvement consultant can support your building leadership team in a needs assessment process called the Self-Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI).

Why engage? To (re)examine existing building practices within the conceptual areas of Iowa’s Differentiated Accountability system:  Assessment and Data-based Decision Making, Universal Instruction, Intervention Systems, Leadership, and Infrastructure. 
What will we learn? Participants will come away with an understanding of the five Differentiated Accountability conceptual areas, the health of MTSS within their building, and the actions they will implement to strengthen their system.

The Central Rivers AEA School Improvement Team supports schools in each of the conceptual areas in the following ways: 

Assessment and Data-based Decision-Making

Why engage? To determine if student learning and programming is effective
What will we learn? Participants will build an understanding of a comprehensive, balanced, and aligned assessment system and why data should be used to make decisions across and within the building’s MTSS

Universal Tier

Why engage? To help answer the following questions about the instruction buildings provide PS-12 students: Is the Universal Tier sufficient, and if not, what needs to be addressed?  
What will we learn? Participants will develop an understanding of what is meant by the term Universal Tier and examine the effectiveness of the current Universal Tier to determine areas of needs. 

Intervention System

Why engage? To evaluate and refine the system-level intervention structure used to identify individual PS-8 learner needs within a building’s MTSS framework.  
What will we learn? Participants will develop an understanding of what is meant by the term Intervention System and examine the effectiveness of the building’s current intervention plan/protocol to determine system- and learner-level needs. 

Leadership

Why engage? To support leadership teams in building capacity by acquiring and applying complex knowledge and solving complex problems regarding MTSS implementation.
What will we learn? Participants will learn to create the context, action plans, and support structures to enable optimal MTSS implementation to lead and support the work. 

Infrastructure

Why engage? To examine when and how systems provide professional development, allocate resources, establish effective schedules, ensure evaluation, and develop community and family relationships.
What will we learn? Participants will learn how to sustain and balance each component of infrastructure in order to maintain a healthy MTSS system.