VTSS: Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS)

The Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) is a data-informed decision making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.
The VTSS systemic approach allows divisions, schools and communities to provide multiple levels of supports to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process. Implementing the VTSS requires the use of evidence-based, system-wide practices with fidelity to provide a quick response to academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs. The practices are progress-monitored frequently to enable educators to make sound, data-based instructional decisions for students.
VTSS is built with Systems, Data and Practices. There are 3 related outlyers: Supporting Staff, Supporting Decision Making, and Supporting Students, respectively. VTSS functions under the anchor process of integrating data, practices and systems to affect outcomes. The essential elements of an effective VTSS framework are:

  • Aligned Organizational Structure
  • Data Informed Decision-Making
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Family, School and Community Partnerships
  • Monitoring Student Progress Evaluation of Outcomes and Fidelity

For more information about the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports, please visit the VTSS website

VTSS Summer Learning Opportunities

  • Tier 1 Team Training: Academics
    • Date: June 28, 29 and 30
    • Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • This event is for school teams and division leaders ready to focus on the system to support an effective Tier 1 academic framework. The introduction and use of the Academic Tiered Fidelity Inventory will assist teams in implementing this framework with the goal of improving student outcomes. Topics covered include teaming, instructional planning and delivery, collective teacher efficacy, family engagement, and coaching at the school level
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  • Data Informed Decision Making for Schools
    • Date: June 28, 29 and 30
    • Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
    • This interactive professional learning event focuses on developing, implementing, and sustaining a data-informed decision-making process in order to strengthen the effectiveness of Tier 1 instruction for behavior, academics, and mental wellness. Anchored to the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI 1.12 - 1.15), this event is intended for school based leadership teams and the division team members who support them.
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  • Tier 1 Team Training: Behavior
    • Date: July 12, 20 and 28
    • Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
    • This three day Tier I VTSS Training builds understanding of behavior and social emotional tiered supports, creating a behavior matrix, teaching expectations, and more. We begin with behavior because research shows when we improve behavior teachers have more time to teach and administrators less time with discipline.
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  • Advanced Tiers
    • Date: July 13 and 14
    • Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Advanced Tiers Summer Learning is designed for division and school teams who want to increase their knowledge and capacity to build and sustain a system of advanced tiers supports.
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  • Effective Classroom Systems
    • Date: July 19, 20 and 21
    • Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Effective Classrooms Systems is designed for division and school leadership to develop a plan for the data collection, professional learning and coaching needed at the division and school level in order to promote a sustained focus on the use of effective classroom practices. Classroom practices are the strategies essential to effective instruction and include: arranging the physical environment, active supervision, classroom expectations, routines and procedures aligned with schoolwide expectations, opportunities to respond, formative assessment, scaffolding, reinforcing appropriate behavior, responding to inappropriate behavior and creating community through feedback.
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  • Tier 1 Trauma Enhancements
    • Date: July 26, 27 and 28
    • Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
    • Participants of this workshop will gain an understanding of the effects of trauma, learn how trauma impacts learning and behavior, recognize how a school may incorporate trauma-sensitive practices at the Tier 1 level through data, professional learning, family and community engagement, routines, and procedures as well as feedback and acknowledgment.
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