Tier 1 MTSS Behavior Implementation efforts are also referred to as Primary Prevention activities.
Strategies at Tier 1 involve teaching social skills to all students within the school, systematically
reinforcing students for positive social behaviors, and responding consistently to the occurrence of
problem behaviors. Schools interested in MTSS for behavior form a planning team with members representing
the entire school community. One of the first steps the team takes is to introduce all faculty and staff
members to school-wide positive behavior support and to assess faculty “buy in”. When over 80% of
faculty members are in favor of moving forward, the self assessment process begins.
The planning team works with faculty to conduct a self assessment and action plan before moving
forward with school-wide Tier 1 interventions to ensure that the MTSS behavior efforts are driven by
consensus and group planning. The planning team meets regularly with faculty and, together, a set of
Tier 1 interventions are identified and implemented. Data based decision making is a key part of all
school-wide positive behavior support planning and, therefore, it is important for the planning team
to spend time with faculty getting “ready” to use software programs that will summarize school
improvement data quickly and efficiently.
Click here for an introduction to the major elements of Tier 1 behavior planning
Tier 1 Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support
Tier 1 MTSS for Behavior in Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Tools and Resources