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Building Success with MTSS

Take Action to Transform Systems and Improve the Outcomes of Learners


How This Course Works

This course will allow you to take practical steps toward building your MTSS. Collaborating with other leaders and stakeholders in this process will help move things along, but we also recognize that we work with districts both big and small, so if you wear many hats and need to go it alone, we are here to support you! Enrollment includes up to 10 spots for you and your team. 

An Example of an MTSS Team Includes:

  • Superintendent or Deputy/Asst Superintendent
  • Teaching and Learning Central Office Administrator (i.e, Director of Curriculum)
  • Special Education Central Office Administrator
  • Educators (building leaders, teacher leaders, instructional coaches). 

A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is essential to building an inclusive and equitable school system. A strong MTSS requires us to consider how we lead, share responsibility, collaborate, build community, provide professional learning, choose high-quality curriculum, allocate resources, and more. It also requires us to provide an accessible Tier 1 education for all learners. Simply put, we cannot “intervention” our way out of a weak Tier 1 foundation. 

Through this course, we will explore what MTSS is and explore concrete action steps that can transform systems that do not serve our educators or our learners. We will explore how to create a vision and theory of action to drive MTSS, and dive into scheduling, professional learning, tiered interventions, and data-based decision making as means for improving the outcomes of our learners.

Now enrolling for 2024-2025!

At a Glance












$2500 PER TEAM



Course Objectives

Dive into the system drivers that build multi-tiered systems of support and examine current systems to determine what components of an MTSS are in place and what is not yet in place.
Create visions, theories of action and planning models to support both student and educator learning.

Unpack current systems and learn best practices for becoming more equitable and inclusive in our learning environments.

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2024-2025 Dates

Synchronous sessions will be held monthly. If you cannot attend a live session, the recordings will be shared after each session.

  • To Be Announced!

About Your Instructors


Katie Novak

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant, a practicing leader in education, and author of 12 books published by CAST Professional Publishing, Wiley, Routledge, and IMPress. Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), MTSS, and universally designed leadership.


K.C. Knudson

K.C. Knudson is an equity-driven educator with over 26 years of experience as a leader, teacher, trainer, and presenter.  K.C. specializes in leveraging deep knowledge of the learning process and leadership theory to create inclusive schools and classrooms that work for all learners. Before joining Novak Education, Knudson was the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Lake Chelan School District in Chelan, Washington, and formerly served as Anacortes School District Assistant Superintendent and as Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for the Burlington Edison School District. K.C. credits his service to the Swinomish Tribal community as a middle school principal for inspiring his journey to better understand and support all learners.


What to Expect

About the Course

  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and monthly assignments and/or discussions.
  • Eight 1-hour synchronous sessions with the instructor and fellow classmates.
  • Direct interaction and feedback from your instructor and the opportunity to build community with your classmates through course discussion boards and synchronous sessions.
  • Teams will be expected to collaborate on projects - only one project per team will be reviewed and graded. Teams will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work.
  • Lots of options and choices - UDL is at the foundation of everything we do.
  • All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.

Course Text

In Support of Students: A Leader's Guide to Equitable MTSS by Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez

Pricing Options

The fee listed above covers course registration for your team with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. Individuals on teams may also choose to purchase graduate credits (for professional learning) or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. Please contact us for details.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

If you receive a grade of C or better, you will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Continuing education graduate credits (3) may be obtained for an additional $200 at the time of registration (Gordon College or Teachers College of San Joaquin). Prior to registering for professional development credits, please seek approval for salary advancement with your school or district.