The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) requests two types of collaboration from our R5CC team for the agency’s efforts to support statewide implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and the requirements of Kentucky Senate Bill 9 of 2022, the Read to Succeed Act:
- Assist the department in further discerning the needs for information and support that staff in the state’s eight regional educational cooperatives and local education agencies (LEAs) have regarding what MTSS is and how to implement it and how the requirements of the Read to Succeed Act intersect with implementation of MTSS.
- Provide the KDE with thought partnership and examples of processes, tools, practice exemplars, and communications strategies to inform the department’s efforts to support the cooperatives and LEAs in implementing these two key state initiatives/policies.
Over the last three years, LEAs in Kentucky have begun shifting their work to support all learners from a Response to Intervention approach to an MTSS approach. As LEAs build local capacity to implement MTSS, they are also preparing to implement the literacy requirements of the Read to Succeed Act for the first time in 2023–24 (particularly, the requirements for administering literacy screeners and diagnostic assessments and establishing school reading improvement teams). Staff at the regional cooperatives and in LEAs report that educators need support to better understand MTSS and Read to Succeed Act requirements and how they intersect and diverge in order to implement them both well and without unnecessary duplication of efforts. Some of the support LEAs have been receiving from MTSS-dedicated staff in the regional educational cooperatives is anticipated to end in 2024 at the conclusion of ARP/ESSR funds, leaving less support available from the cooperatives. The scope of work described here will assist the KDE’s MTSS Coordinator and other KDE leaders in providing targeted, impactful supports to the regional cooperatives and (by extension) LEAs as they learn about and implement these two key statewide initiatives that embody the goals of the state’s United We Learn vision for education and the KDE’s strategic plan.
Approach to Capacity-Building Services
Our team will provide two types of support to KDE leaders:
- Assist their needs sensing efforts to help deepen the agency’s understanding of the need for information and support that staff in the state’s regional educational cooperatives and LEAs have regarding what MTSS is, how to implement it, and how the requirements of the Read to Succeed Act intersect with implementing MTSS.
- Provide the department with thought partnership and examples of processes, tools, practice exemplars, and communication strategies to inform the department’s provision of support so that LEAs, schools, and educators can implement both initiatives well and without unnecessary duplication of efforts.
Throughout the work, we will collaborate with KDE leaders to refine their needs and objectives and to tailor technical assistance to meet these. Our team will provide supports for agency leaders and staff as they seek to better understand needs in the field and address them in ways that maximize the agency’s capacity. We will seek opportunities to reflect on the work together, to ensure that the supports provided meet needs and respond in a timely manner to shifts in those needs.