EDSD 7074 Walden Leadership Strategies and Barriers for Innovation Discussion 1


Brown-Chidsey and Bickford (2016) found that implementation of an MTSS is often rushed and factors such as training, consultation, and procedures for innovation are not taken into consideration, which ultimately impedes the success of the school-wide intervention model. As teachers truly understand the nature of the innovation and why it is needed, this will result in more buy-in and support on behalf of the staff. For this Discussion, you will consider leadership strategies needed to promote innovation and barriers that may potentially arise.

To prepare

  • Review the module Learning Resources. Consider the different leadership strategies identified and potential barriers to implementing a school-wide MTSS.

An assessment of the critical leadership strategies and efforts needed to foster innovation and change when integrating the best comprehensive, systemic school-wide interventions. In your assessment, be sure to address the degree to which these strategies, in combination with an MTSS, work to support students with diverse needs and abilities.

Learning Resources

Note: To access this module’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Brown-Chidsey, R. & Bickford, R. (2016). Practical handbook of multi-tiered systems of support: Building academic and behavioral success in schools. New York, NY: Guildford Press.

  • Chapter 10, “ Exploration, Adoption, and Installation” (pp. 95–106)
  • Chapter 11, “Implementation” (107–114)

Chaparro , E. A., Helton, S., & Sadler, C. (2016). Oregon’s effective behavioral and instructional support systems initiative: Implementation from district- and state-level perspectives. In K. McIntosh, & S. Goodman (Eds.), Integrated multi-tiered systems of support: Blending RTI and PBIS (pp. 267–286). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Kincaid, D., & Batsche, G. (2016). Florida’s multi-tiered support system for academics and behavior. In K. McIntosh, & S. Goodman (Eds.), Integrated multi-tiered systems of support: Blending RTI and PBIS (pp. 287–304). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Russell, C., & Harms, A. (2016). Michigan’s integrated behavior and learning support initiative: A statewide system of support for MTSS. In K. McIntosh, & S. Goodman (Eds.), Integrated multi-tiered systems of support: Blending RTI and PBIS (pp. 305–324). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Cook, C. R., Lyon, A. R., Kubergovic, D., Wright, D. B., & Zhang, Y. (2015). A supportive beliefs intervention to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practices within a multi-tiered system of supports. School Mental Health, 7(1), 49–60.

Eagle, J. W., Dowd-Eagle, S. E., Snyder, A., & Holtzman, E. G. (2015). Implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS): Collaboration Between School Psychologists and Administrators to Promote Systems-Level Change. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 25(2-3), 160-177.

Witzel, B., & Clarke, B. (2015). Focus on inclusive education: Benefits of using a multi-tiered system of supports to improve inclusive practice: Bradley Witzel, Editor. Childhood Education, 91(3), 215-219.

Document: State-Level Multi-tiered Systems of Support Implementation Template (Word Document)

Document: Kansas Multi-Tier System of Support (PDF)

Kansas has a MTSS Innovation Matrix designed to describe the principles and practices within an MTSS. It shares essential system components across all domains.

Required Media

Kukic, S. [RTIActionNetwork]. (2013, August 9). NCLD’s school transformation model: Helping ALL students succeed. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKTG1vxKQuo&feature=youtu.be


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