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Course Description

The MTSS approach adopts a new way of thinking and doing in education. The framework utilises high-impact, evidence-based pedagogical practices to ensure every student receives the appropriate level of support, instructional intervention and adjustments to be successful.

MTSS provides clear guidelines for schools, so that practices are implemented with fidelity and sustained over time, with constant evaluation using data to drive improvements to classroom approaches.

Focusing on a strong foundation of universal, research-based approaches which increase in intensity and individualisation, ensures that all students are supported and included. The result is a continuum of resources, strategies and structures that directly address the academic, communication, social, wellbeing, and behavioural needs of all.

The MTSS framework, encompasses Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and uses evidence-based decision making to support students across academics, behaviour, social-emotional learning (SEL), and mental health. An MTSS, and all related components (evidence-based practice), improve the quality of educational experiences and outcomes for ALL students. 

The framework includes effective core (tier 1), academic and behavioural supports and additional assistance and support for students who need it (tiers 2 and 3).

Providing a whole school approach, with effective instruction and adjustments for all students, is vital for the success of any MTSS framework.

This course is a guide to MTSS in your own practice, including developing an understanding of what a tiered framework is; to be able to identify RTI and PBS as a part of this framework; and to develop a toolbox of resources and strategies to complement classroom practice. 


All teachers and support staff

Teaching Standards

4.1.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Support student participation: Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities

4.3.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Manage challenging behaviour: Manage challenging behaviour by establishing and negotiating clear expectations with students, and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction & Overview

    • Course Overview

    • Acknowledgement of Country

    • Reference to Professional Standards

  • 2

    Module One - Introduction to Multi Tiered Systems of Support

    • Understanding MTSS Framework

    • The Three Tiered Framework

    • Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)

    • Response to Intervention (RTI)

    • Activity: MTSS Reflection

  • 3

    Module Two - Utilising the MTSS Framework in the Classroom

    • Incorporating MTSS to Support Learners With Disabilities

    • MTSS: Promoting Equity

    • Activity: MTSS & Disabilities

    • MTSS: Considering the Social & Emotional Learning Component

    • A Framework for All: Building Capacity for Service Delivery in Catholic Schools

  • 4

    Module Three - A Wholistic Approach

    • School Culture & Climate

    • Assessing a School's Culture & Climate

    • Understanding Strength-Based Learning

    • Applying Strength-Based Models in the Classroom

    • Activity: Case Study: Lily Grace's Story

    • Learner Profile.Ahnika.2023

  • 5

    Module Four - Strategies in an MTSS Classroom

    • Personalised Learning: Creating Space for Effective Classroom Practice

    • Personalised & Differentiated Instruction

    • MTSS Strategies

    • More on Technology Assisted Learning

    • Activity: Choose One Technology

  • 6

    Module Five - More Strategies & Conclusion

    • Strategies For Creating Positive Learning Environments - Part 1

    • Strategies For Creating Positive Learning Environments - Part 2

    • Visual Schedules & Social Stories

    • More MTSS Strategies

    • Activity: Social Stories

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Understanding Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Student/Child Mental Health, addressing Standard Descriptors 4.1.2 and 4.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher in NSW.



Karina Barley

Karina Barley

Karina Barley (PhD) is an internationally recognised educational consultant specialising in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist. Karina is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioural, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches, Karina integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

Dr Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought-after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

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