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Developing Tier One Within a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Framework

Wilcher, Erin (2022) Developing Tier One Within a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Framework. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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With pressure from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to increase student literacy, school districts across the state have adopted a multi-tiered support system (MTSS). The MTSS framework provides a structure for using data to guide changes in teaching and learning to promote the success of all students. According to research, the success of implementing MTSS starts with high-quality professional development. This study focuses on developing and delivering a series of professional development opportunities aimed at increasing 32 middle school teachers’ knowledge of the MTSS framework and the skills necessary to access and use data to make informed decisions when planning for intervention within core instruction. Quantitative data collected through a survey after each professional development session showed teacher growth and learning in the essential components of the MTSS framework and accessing and interpreting data from the universal screener to utilize when planning for Tier 1 instruction and intervention. However, more intensive development may be needed in using the gathered data to adjust classroom instruction based on student learning needs. Teacher perception data collected through exit tickets assessing the format and structure of the professional development session also showed satisfaction with the design and implementation of each session. Accordingly, these results suggest that high-quality professional development does support teacher learning as schools move towards implementing MTSS.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wilcher, Erinejm126@pitt.eduejm1260000-0002-0111-462X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTrovato,
Committee MemberTrahan,
Committee MemberPalano,
Date: 6 September 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 17 June 2022
Approval Date: 6 September 2022
Submission Date: 11 August 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 102
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tier One MTSS
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 14:57
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2022 14:57


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