RtI and MTSS
What is RtI?

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a multi-tiered, structured approach to assist with identifying and supporting students.  All students should receive high-quality classroom instruction and screening in Tier 1.  In fact, research says that 80% of students, if instruction is sound, should reach goals in Tier 1.  For students requiring additional assistance, increasing intensity with interventions is provided at Tiers 2 and 3.  Around 15% of students typically receive small-group, supplemental instruction in Tier 2, and 5% need more intensive, individualized interventions at Tier 3.  RtI historically has primarily addressed academic concerns.

What is MTSS?

Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), as a comprehensive framework, uses data-driven problem solving to address academic and non-academic needs of students.  MTSS recognizes that academic and behavioral elements must be integrated for optimal success.  MTSS can be thought of as an umbrella covering many different approaches and interventions including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).          

Department Information

RtI School Coordinators:

Centennial Arts Academy 
Kelly Kennedy
Enota MI Academy 
DeAnn Sams/Margaret Dowdy/Carol Ann Ligon
Fair Street, an International Academy
Tammy Miller/Michelle Garcia
Gainesville Exploration Academy 
Michelle Masters/Dee Siphambili
Mundy Mill Learning Academy
Stacey Cothren/Daryl White/Amy Buffington
New Holland Knowledge Academy
Andreka Thompson/Key Goforth/Amanda Teasley/Tannia Wood
Gainesville Middle School 
Titia Sargent/Misty Freeman
Gainesville High School 
Dawn Jordan/Natalie Smith

2018 - 2019 Meeting Dates:

RtI/MTSS meetings will be a part of yellow-coded meetings as needed.  Please refer to the collaborative meeting schedule shared with leadership.

WELCOME TO 2019 - 2020!

Each school has its own RtI/MTSS Handbook aligned with district expectations.  Annually, district walkthroughs are planned for each tier based on school-specific RtI/MTSS implementation practices.  Our goal is to continuously improve services so that we are providing a world-class education to ALL students.

image.pngGeorgia has a new three-tiered MTSS pyramid.  Check it out above and at the link below:

RTI Mission and Vision

As ONE GAINESVILLE, we will inspire, nurture, challenge, and prepare our students as we educate them to be successful in a 21st century global society. Just as our GCSS mission emphasizes the importance of working together as ONE GAINESVILLE, our RtI/MTSS mission also recognizes the importance of working together to make our Response to Intervention/Multi-tiered Systems of Support strategies and processes as comprehensive and consistent as possible so that our students are receiving the best services we can provide.

As the RtI/MTSS Strategic Initiative Team, we have committed ourselves to streamlining RtI/MTSS expectations so that they are:


In Gainesville City, there are CHECKLISTS to assist with each step of RtI/MTSS Implementation.  Each checklist is the compilation of collaborative work vetted comprehensively.  Each year, we work to further streamline district wide processes in order to best serve students.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students in order to fulfill our GCSS vision. Our students will think critically, act compassionately, work meaningfully, choose wisely, and live joyfully.

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