Implementing a Multitiered System of Support for English Learners

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Project ELITE2 developed two Implementation Manuals that provide guidance for future replicators, which may include district leaders, educators, and other stakeholders interested in implementing a multitiered system of supports (MTSS) model for English learners (ELs) in the primary grades (K–3) and the upper-elementary grades (3–5). The manuals include a description of the model and how it was developed, tested, and adapted; key personnel necessary to support the model; professional development required to implement the model; resources necessary for coordination; and strategies for implementing and sustaining the model over time. Formative and summative evaluation measures are also included. The manuals also describe all project-designed tools and deliverables, including a complete roster of the available professional development training and the instructional guides required for implementation, support, and sustainment.

This resource section also includes the Project ELITE Report, 2012–2015. This report discusses the development, refinement, and implementation of the multitiered model, along with a description of model practices and project tools used during implementation. We also provide a summary of project findings and an overview of dissemination.

Additionally, Cohort 5 of the Model Demonstration Coordination Center developed a Practice Brief Series on implementing effective multitiered instructional frameworks for ELs. The goal of this series is to assist administrators, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders in implementing or refining a campuswide model for improving the academic achievement of ELs. The practice briefs address key issues in model implementation for ELs, such as assessment and data-based decision-making, effective core instruction and interventions for ELs, and professional development to support an MTSS framework for ELs.