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NJTSS

NJ TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT

A Resource Collection for Families to Understand the NJTSS Framework

NJTSS is New Jersey’s model of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI). It is a framework for preventing academic and behavior difficulties and providing interventions and enrichment based on students’ needs.

This collection of webinars and resources provides parent- and family-friendly information and resources about the NJTSS framework, along with practical tips on how parents can support their children at home by reinforcing tiered interventions used at school. Links include websites with resources developed by the New Jersey Department of Education, SPAN, and other state departments and universities. Documents include one-page overviews, infographics, briefs, fact sheets, training materials, and checklists in English, Spanish, and other languages. Videos and webinars focus specifically on MTSS/NJTSS.

Developed and reviewed by the SPAN START-EPSD project in collaboration with New Jersey Office of Special Education Programs (NJOSEP).

Basic Information

This section helps families and others build their knowledge base and understanding of what MTSS is and what kinds of tiered supports are available to ALL students, including targeted and struggling students.

MTSS Fact Sheet / Hoja informativa del MTSS
One-page fact sheet offers introductory, essential information about multi-tier systems of supports (MTSS)       

Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Talking Points
Pointers on talking with principal, local school board members, or local teachers’ groups about the need for professional development (PD) in MTSS

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Fact Sheet / Hoja informativa acerca del Diseño Universal para el aprendizaje
Introductory information about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. The goal of UDL is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs when students are receiving support at any tier, and is why UDL benefits all children.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports and Universal Design of Learning (UDL)
Video breaks down MTSS components and critical feature of the framework and  UDL into easy-to-understand language

NJTSS Framework and Components

What is the NJTSS/MTSS Framework? 

NJTSS, MTSS and RTI are all designed to meet the academic, behavioral, health, enrichment and social/emotional needs of all students. This section helps families and others build their knowledge base and understanding of the NJTSS components and provides resources on other three-tier prevention structures such as RTI and MTSS as well.


RESOURCES

NJTSS One-Page Brief on New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports (NJTSS)
This document describes the framework components that define New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports. Provided in multiple languages.

Essential Components for Effective NJTSS Implementation Document
This document contains the definition of each essential component and includes links to resources for implementation from across the country.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Fact Sheets / Hoja informativa acerca del Diseño Universal para el aprendizaje
Introduces families and educators to  the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.


WEBINAR

Promoting Inclusive Practices Utilizing New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports
Provides an overview of NJTSS and strategies for best practices and how NJTSS can support inclusion. Parents and educators from schools using this framework share strategies in using NJTSS to support inclusion of students with disabilities 


VIDEO

Academic Success for All Students-A Multi-Tiered Approach
Offers a look into a school using an MTSS for families and educators.

Practical Strategies and Tips for Families and Parents

MTSS Talking Points
These points can help parents talk with their child(ren)’s principal, a local school board member, or a local teachers’ group about the need for professional development (PD) in MTSS.

MTSS Family & Engagement Checklist
This checklist offers strategies for engagement when a student is receiving instruction at any of the three tiers.

NJTSS One-Page Briefs New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports (NJTSS)
This document describes the framework components that define New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports. Available in multiple languages.

Parent Advocacy Brief: “A Parent’s Guide to Universal Design for Learning (UDL)”
From the National Center for Learning Disabilities, helps parents understand UDL and how it can benefit students with learning disabilities.

Additional Resources

NJ Department of Education—New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports (NJTSS)
NJDOE website provides information about the NJTSS framework and resources to support its implementation

Promoting Inclusive Practices Utilizing New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports
SPAN webinar for parents, caregivers and professionals provides useful strategies to help viewers learn how to advocate for greater inclusion and appropriate supports for children

Understood.org
Comprehensive website, available in English and Spanish, includes the following related resources:

SPAN’s START-EPSD Project is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Professional Development.