SSTAGE President John O'ConnorAs the President of SSTAGE, welcome to our website and more importantly, welcome to our organization! Whether you are a long-time SSTAGE member or just beginning to get involved or attend one of our many events, we welcome and need you!

SSTAGE is Georgia’s professional organization for all things related to the Multi-Tiered System of Supports. If in your mind, that makes you think about supporting students who struggle, I want to challenge you to change your perspective. MTSS (or whatever term you use for it), is not about only assisting students who need more support. It focuses on a comprehensive system to help ALL students grow. That’s right. MTSS includes every student in your school or building. It also includes every adult! In fact, MTSS is a coordinated effort that covers everything from all academic subjects to social/emotional growth to overall student well-being. An effective MTSS involves developing and implementing a pro- active system so that every student participates in powerful and effective instruction in all classes that help them grow academically and as complete and healthy young people. In fact, MTSS is NOT a component of School Improvement efforts. MTSS IS School Improvement. It is a strategic and well- planned 4-level model (in Georgia) that enables all students to participate in what they need every day, during every period, at every school so that they can reach their highest potential.

We value your partnership with SSTAGE. We are here to answer your questions about MTSS, the Student Support Team, Response to Intervention, data-based problem solving and any other related questions. We look forward to serving you as you support MTSS efforts in your schools and districts!

John O’Connor
SSTAGE President