Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

In the book Taking Action: A Handbook for RTI at Work, Austin Buffum et al. present why the three tiers of response to intervention (MTSS) form the most effective process that teacher teams can use to support each student’s specific learning needs. In this course, participants will conduct an in-depth study of how MTSS teams can ensure high levels of learning for students through the Professional Learning Community (PLC). Participants will use the tier-by-tier guiding principles and essential actions to help educators collaboratively create a highly effective, multitiered system of supports (MTSS).

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for DoDEA educators

Required Materials: None



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What You Will Learn

  • Develop a shared understanding of Tier 2 – Teacher Team essential actions that will maximize impact on student achievement for ALL learners
  • Apply the 4 Tier 2 schoolwide essential actions
  • Apply the 5 Tier 3 schoolwide essential actions
  • Apply the 3 Tier 3 intervention team essential actions


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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