Principals across the nation work hard to provide the best education and leadership possible. “Effective principals work relentlessly to improve achievement by focusing on the quality of instruction. They help define and promote high expectations; they tackle teacher isolation and fragmented effort; and they connect directly with teachers and the classroom.”*
When it comes to MTSS, the leadership team has the responsibility to facilitate decision-making regarding curriculum, instruction, assessments, and professional development. Within this team, the role of the principal is perhaps the most essential component of the success of MTSS implementation. For students to achieve success, the principal must participate in the school leadership team, allocate resources, and make sure the staff has all the data they need for the best data-based decision-making.
For the MTSS framework to be implemented successfully, principals must lead, communicate, and participate in many (if not all) areas of implementation. Principals also understand the importance of student-level work and systems-level problem-solving. Both are crucial in MTSS, but systems-level problem-solving provides a foundation for student-level work to take place and be effective.
We are grateful for all principals and leaders in education, paving the way forward for a brighter future, where every student receives the support they need more efficiently, effectively, and equitably.
In honor of National Principals Month, we’ve compiled a list of resources helpful to those implementing MTSS:
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