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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

BEST: Building Effective Support For Teaching Students With Behavioral Challenges

A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2017

Strand H

Laying the Foundation for a Multi-tiered System of Supports at the Supervisory or District Level

Tracy Watterson and Meg Porcella


The focus of this strand is on understanding the overall structure of a multi-tiered system of supports and its components. Teams will be given the opportunity to assess their current system against the framework and will have an opportunity to examine the many tools available to assist implementing the components with fidelity.

Who Should Attend:

SU/SD Teams who are laying the foundation for a multi-tiered system of supports



Tracy WattersonTracy Watterson has been an educator since 1986, serving children as a K-5 teacher, para-educator, interventionist, and math specialist in Missouri, Washington, and Virginia. For the past four years, she has worked at theVermont Agency of Education (AOE) as the Elementary Mathematics Assessment Coordinator, providing professional learning in Vermont and presenting workshops to the math community at national conferences throughout the US. Tracy is currently the Multi-tiered System of Supports Program Manager and SWIFT SEA Co-Coordinator at the AOE.

 BEST logo in place of picture of Meg PorcellaMeg Porcella started her formal career as an educator teaching high school English in Connecticut. She left teaching students in 2010 to become a consultant with a professional development agency in order to teach teachers. While working as a consultant, Meg developed and delivered state-wide professional development training as well as job-embedded technical assistance. In addition, she served on the leadership team and facilitated technical assistance training for CT's State Personal Development Grant (SPDG). In August of 2015, Meg moved to Vermont to work for the Agency of Education. Meg became the co-director of Vermont's SPDG in February of 2015, and she also serves on the Agency's Multi-tiered System of Supports team.


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