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Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports Exploration and Installation Series

Note: We are not actively recruiting school divisions for E&I at this time. For more information, please contact Michael Gregory at VDOE.

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Welcome! Thank you for considering the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) as your framework for success!

What is Virginia Tiered Systems of Support?

VTSS is a data-driven, decision-making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students. The framework includes strategies and tools for meaningful family and community engagement. We hope you will explore our website to find out more about our mission, goals, and progress.

What is "Exploration and Installation"?

Implementation of this systemic, continuous improvement model begins with an exploration phase in which divisions establish a team and participate in a professional learning series to investigate the potential of VTSS to meet needs and enhance the school experiences for adults and children.

What are the benefits and outcomes of participating?

The VTSS approach allows divisions, schools, and communities to provide multiple levels of supports to students in a more effective, efficient, and clearly defined process. You will find that the support of VTSS provides opportunities to network with other divisions within Virginia. Another benefit is the ongoing support you will receive from VTSS Systems Coaches to help you with implementation and resources. You will have tremendous support through professional learning, coaching, and colleagues from around Virginia cheering you on!

Some of the outcomes of the Exploration and Installation (E and I) series:

After completion of the series, participation in a VTSS cohort affords school divisions:

Requirements to Participate

Participation in a VTSS Cohort requires completion of the E and I series (in-person or self-paced virtual). In order to participate in the series, you are required to complete the Statement of Commitment. This statement outlines successful engagement in the process of exploring VTSS implementation in your division. All Statements of Commitment must be postmarked or received electronically no later than February 3, 2020. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please contact Michael Gregory, VTSS Specialist, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-4543.

How do we get started?

You have two options. Choose which is better for your division team.

Option one: In-person Events for E and I Series (limited space)Option two: Self-paced Virtual E and I Series

Special Notice: Effective March 12, 2020, the trainings scheduled for March 19 and April 22 at the Holiday Inn-University Area Charlottesville, VA have been cancelled. Please read the following:

Participants who have planned for an overnight stay for the event should cancel hotel reservations. Please do this immediately.

New direction: We are pursuing virtual options. For now, please watch webinars 1 and 2. You will engage in the webinars with your team.

Also, as a reminder, continue to work and place items in your folder for review and support from your point of contact; also, you were engaged in the following:

  • “Starting with a Vision” activity. Remember you can draw, create a video and/or select a song. Place in your folder.
  • Develop a plan for “How can we begin to talk with stakeholders about outcomes, data, systems, and practices?"
  • Place some ideas in your folder. Consider creating a PowerPoint presentation for your division to share with stakeholders.
  • Continue to work on any documents from Day 1 and place in your folder.

Your point of contact will be in touch with you within the next several weeks. Please utilize the materials listed below.

Please remember the following:

  • E and I team will watch and engage in work through four asynchronous webinars provided by VTSS. The webinars are set up to engage in the work as a team.
  • Prior to watching the virtual webinars, please watch the VoiceThread video, Establishing Your Team - click on materials link below.
  • Materials and more information per session 
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