McGraw Hill Education and SSTAGE Invite You To

The 2nd Annual Georgia RTI/MTSS Summit

March 22, 2018 at Anderson Conference Center
Macon, Georgia

Dr. Mark Shinn, Professor of School Psychology and Program Coordinator at National Louis University
Key Note: MTSS and RTI: 10 Big Ideas that Everyone Needs to Know for Implementation Success

Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS), known in some places as Response to Intervention or Instruction (RTI) was designed to provide more early, powerful, and coordinated intervention to ensure all students did well in school and reduce the risk for lower achieving students. Too often schools struggle with implementation, making missteps that can be avoided based on the lessons that have been learned in decades of effort. This session will highlight some of those key lessons learned in successful implementation, including, but not limited to avoiding too much testing and too much talk (meetings), and proactively maximizing limited resources to provide powerful interventions that support both general education teachers and all students.

Conference Breakout Session Summaries:

  • Dr. Shinn’s Breakout: Administrators Session RTI/MTSS at the Elementary Level (“what do I do when…”)
    Although many elementary schools have experience in their MTSS/RTI implementation, their practices still remain largely “reactive,” and “one student at a time.” Intervention delivery begins after referral, after meeting(s), and after figuring out “what to do” for individual students. The process then repeats for the next student. This session will focus on how administrators can shift their MTSS implementation to a proactive design, strengthening core language arts instruction to meet the needs of students and maximizing resources to deliver powerful interventions based on screening that triages students into appropriately intensive intervention.

  • Dr. Shinn’s Breakout: Administrators Session RTI/MTSS at the Secondary Level (“what do I do when…”)
    Secondary MTSS (Middle and High School) lags behind, in part, because there hasn’t been a clear “picture” of what it looks like to secondary administrators and teachers. This session identifies clear steps that administrators can make to make explicit which students we serve and how we serve them, from high leverage teaching practices that benefit all students in content area classes to Tier 2, Tier 3, and special education basic skills interventions that reduce the achievement gap and contribute to better achievement and post-secondary outcomes.

  • Colquitt County Schools-Elementary Session: An effective Multi-Tiered System of Supports allows schools and districts to respond rapidly as soon as students show a need for additional supports. Setting up your system to work for you, instead of causing you more work is crucial to sustainability and teacher efficacy. In this session, you will hear from Colquitt County district and school leaders on how they streamlined their Coordinated Early Intervention Services (CEIS) plan and other initiatives into their Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework to ensure success,
    sustainability, and efficacy. They will share specific scheduling options, intervention selections, and their process for problem-solving with all stakeholders.

  • Colquitt County Schools-Secondary Session: Secondary schools can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of students performing below grade level when they arrive. Sadly, secondary educators are often faced with either ignoring the problem or only intervening with a small number of students. In this session, participants will learn how Colquitt County School District is building their Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework to work for them, instead of causing them more work, while meeting the needs of ALL students in a sustainable manner.

  • Jackson County Schools: This session will walk participants through our district’s journey of transitioning from a POI/RTI mindset to full implementation of a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process. The work of systems change is messy at times; however, MTSS is a worthy endeavor because it IS school improvement and has the power to change the trajectory of the lives of our students. District and school leaders will learn about strategies to improve district support, professional development, fidelity of implementation, student monitoring, and procedures and forms. We hope to provide multiple ideas and resources that can be utilized in your own district.

  • Madison County High School-2017 SSTAGE Star Winner: Actively engaging an RTI framework at the high school level can often be a difficult endeavor. Learn how MCHS is navigating this journey as they present how they have successfully implemented and maintained an RTI program with proven results. Along with an overall programmatic exploration, MCHS will also provide a specific case study regarding a student’s journey through the tiers. Through this case study, attendees will learn the specific problem-solving process the RTI team utilizes to tailor interventions for specific student needs.

  • Fayette County High School: This session will provide information about how a high school has gradually improved its school climate rating and CCRPI score by establishing and implementing PBIS, Literacy and RTI Teams at the school to change teacher behavior in order to improve student behavioral and academic outcomes. Topics of discussion for PBIS will include the development of the school-wide ROAR expectations, matrix, and the student behavior management process flow chart, teacher support, the acknowledgment system for students and staff members, and the methods used for addressing attendance issues and tardiness. The school-wide approach used to address Literacy standards and its impact on Milestone scores will also be discussed, as well as RTI Interventions implemented for students struggling academically.

  • Henry County Middle School-2017 SSTAGE Star Winner: We will discuss the evolution of MTSS at the middle school level. We will share how we went from “We have files, now what?” to a systematic data-driven approach. We will go through the processes that we have utilized to streamline our MTSS process ensuring implementation fidelity, effective progress monitoring, and utilization of data to improve reading performance.

  • Rutland Middle School, Bibb County: Does your school struggle to meet the academic intervention needs of students on Tier II, III, and IV? This workshop session will walk participants through the master schedule decision-making process, staffing process, and student assignment process for RtI interventions at Rutland Middle School. We will be focusing on how we met the academic intervention needs of students with RtI plans.

  • Bowdon Elementary School, Carroll County--2017 SSTAGE Star Winner: This workshop will focus on a practical school-level approach to implementing an effective RTI/MTSS model at an elementary school. The Bowdon Elementary School journey began four years ago, guided by Carroll County Schools (SSTAGE Rising Star award winner) RTI frameworks and guiding documents. The workshop will lead participants through a four-year change model that has resulted in continued growth for the students at Bowdon Elementary. This workshop will provide schools with a toolbox of strategies to begin the process of improving RTI/MTSS practices at your school!

  • Oak Grove Elementary School, Fayette County Schools: Our session will provide an in-depth understanding of the process we’ve used to develop our school’s RTI program. During this time, we will explain the development of our current RTI committees, data teams, and grade level data teams. We will show the positive development using our CCRPI scores, our Milestone Scores, and our overall school climate.

Dr. Shinn’s Closing Session:
Scientifically Sound and Practice Data Systems for MTSS Use

Data-based decision making is the cornerstone of MTSS/RTI, with particular emphasis on benchmarking to ensure basic skills growth and development for all students, early intervention for at-risk students, and frequent progress monitoring to ensure at-risk students are reducing the achievement gap and benefiting from
intervention. This session focuses on collecting the “right” basic skills data that can be used to make all these decisions with methods that are scientifically sound, time and cost efficient, and produce “seamless” data for MTSS decision making.

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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird registration (until February 28, 2018):
    • $125 for 2017-18 paid SSTAGE members
    • $175 for non-members Registration after February
  • Registration after February 28, 2018:
    • $150 for 2017-18 paid SSTAGE members
    • $200 for non-members


  • 7:00-7:50 Registration/Breakfast
  • 8:30-10: 15 Keynote Presentation with Dr. Shinn
  • 10:15-10:30 Break
  • 10:30–11:45 Breakout Sessions
  • 11:45–12:45 Lunch (Lunch Provided)
  • 12:50-2:05 Breakout Sessions
  • 2:05-2:15 Break (Afternoon Snack Provided)
  • 2:15-3:30 Closing Session with Dr. Mark Shinn


The Anderson Conference Center
5272 Eisenhower Pkwy. Macon, GA 31206


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Holiday Inn Express     478-803-0033
Hampton Inn and Suites     478-803-4900
Comfort Suites     478-314-5130

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