Fall 2014 MTSS Conference

 Equity and Access for All Students: Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Tinley Park, IL   |   September 8-9, 2014

Conference Highlights

Illinois educators came together on September 8-9, 2014 at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL  to learn more about implementing a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in schools across the state. For the first time, the conference was co-sponsored by the Illinois Response to Intervention Network (IRtI) and the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC). ISTAC focus areas include behavior, transition, educational environment, school/family/community partnerships, and special populations. This conference was previously been the Illinois PBIS conference and continues to be a source to support your ongoing efforts in implementation. This two-day conference gave attendees the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience of MTSS at all levels of implementation: Tier 1/Universal, Tier 2 /Secondary, and Tier 3/Tertiary, shared leadership, coaching and classroom management. 


The two-day MTSS Conference included plenary presentations on both days, and six breakouts featuring Illinois school exemplars in over 70 different sessions.

Plenary Speaker

Kent McIntosh, Ph.D., University of Oregon, teaches and conducts research in the areas of positive behavior support, school systems change, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in schools. He is affiliated with Educational and Community Supports, a research unit in the College of Education.

Strand Descriptions

Detailed descriptions of the learning strands and their corresponding sessions are provided below.

Administrators Academy 1147: School-wide Positive Behavior Support: A Response to Intervention (RtI) Process
For administrators new to PBIS schools and administrators that are interested in PBIS implementation. Sessions: 1, 29, 57, and three other sessions of choice.

Administrators Academy 1241: Systems of Support: Focusing on Secondary and Tertiary Tiers of Support
This course provided an overview of the systems, structures, and commitments needed for effective implementation of Tier 2/Tier 3 of PBIS.
Sessions: 15, 43, 71, and three other sessions of choice.

Capacity Building
This strand highlighted sessions that focus on helping districts to build their capacity for MTSS implementation. Sessions on bully prevention, improving outcomes for students with autism, learning to use a problem solving process in team meetings, and implementing restorative practices were featured.
Sessions: 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 30, 31, 32, 42, 44, 45, 52, 58, 59, 60, 65, 72, 73, 75, 76

Classroom Management
Classroom Management, student engagement, and understanding the function of behavior are necessary skills for classroom teachers. Administrators and classroom teachers benefited from best practice ideas in this strand. Sessions: 5, 19, 33, 46, 61

The coaching strand offered district and building coaches the opportunity to learn more about the role of the coach, strategies that are helpful in coaching, and how to build consensus. This strand was appropriate for team leaders (Internal Coaches), district leaders (External Coaches), and administrators leading MTSS teams. Sessions: 6, 20, 34, 47, 62, 63, 74,

High School
We are offered high school participants more session options and opportunities for learning during the Conference such as getting started to following through with implementation that are behavior specific, academic specific, or a blended approach. Transition to post high school was also highlighted. Sessions: 7, 8, 21, 22, 35, 36, 42, 48, 49, 64, 65, 75, 76,

School, Family, Community, Mental Health Partnerships
Positive outcomes can be achieved when schools partner with families and community members throughout the entire Multi-Tiered System of Supports. This strand provided strategies for involving family and community members and agencies as partners in all school and community improvement efforts, including mental health partnerships and extending practices into the home and community. Sessions: 9, 23, 37, 50, 51, 66, 77

Shared Leadership
Shared Leadership sessions had an emphasis on how districts, teachers, and students can work together toward a common goal of a foundation system that supports ALL students as well as ALL staff. Sessions focused on creating equity for all students, community wide implementation, and creating a safe and welcoming environment for ALL students. Sessions: 2, 10, 11, 24, 26, 34, 38, 39, 47, 52, 53, 62, 67, 68, 74, 78

Tier 1
Tier 1 sessions focused on the critical components necessary to implement a multi-tiered system of support. Fidelity, teaming, and common core were some of the highlights in this strand. Sessions: 4, 5, 12, 13, 21, 25, 26, 31, 35, 40, 46, 54, 61, 68, 79

Tier 2/Tier 3
Tier 2 and Tier 3 sessions had an emphasis on the systems, interventions, and data both for academic and behavior. Many sessions highlighted the work being done to integrate or blend the two sides of the triangle. Please join our Tier 2/Secondary and Tier 3/Tertiary sessions to learn more.
Sessions: 14, 27, 28, 40, 41, 42, 55, 56, 65, 69, 70, 79, 80

School, Family, Community and Mental Health Partnerships Focus

ISBE, ISTAC, and IRtI have a focus on the importance of partnerships between schools, families, and community. There were several options of sessions that focus on these partnerships. In addition, there is multi-faceted plan to increase family voice and participation in PBIS implementation in schools, as well as statewide Network activities.