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BEST: Building Effective Support For Teaching Students With Behavioral Challenges

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Strand H

Success for ALL: Introduction to Vermont’s Multi-tiered System of Supports based on the VTMTSS-Rtii Field Guide

Ken Remsen


This introductory strand will explore the five components of Vermont’s Multi-tiered System of Supports, and tools & strategies for exploration and readiness to install VT MTSS.   Participants will learn about:

  • Meeting diverse learning needs through: 
    • Systemic and comprehensive approach
    • Effective collaboration
    • High quality instruction and intervention 
    • Balanced and comprehensive assessment
    • Well-designed professional learning 
  • The VT MTSS Self-Assessment, VT MTSS Field Guide, and other practical tools for use in your school community 
  • Dynamic, positive, and productive collaboration among students, families, and professionals with relevant exper­tise is the foundation for effective problem solving and instructional decision-making within a multi-tiered system.  
  • Schools who have already started the process of implementing a Multi-tiered System of Supports
  • Planning next steps and the relation to existing plans in your school and/or supervisory union/district   

Audience:  Leadership Teams or full teams (Building or SU/SD level) who are exploring Vermont’s Multi-tiered System of Supports.  Ideal configuration of teams: Building level: A representative team including Principal (required), classroom teacher(s), special educator(s), counselor or behavior specialist.  SU/SD level: Superintendent (ideally—or designee if not possible), building-level administrators and teacher leaders from general and special education. 


MTSS Field Guide



Ken RemsenKen Remsen is recently retired after 35 years in public education as a teacher, principal and AOE employee. Ken has worked in the area of school effectiveness in both MTSS and formative assessment strategies and techniques. In addition to his public education experience Ken has been a coach, camp counselor, fitness instructor, college adjunct instructor, school board member and private school trustee. He enjoys being physically active and spending time with his grandchildren.


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