Webinar Series

MTSS Myth Busting: The Truth About Tier 1

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Join us for this enlightening presentation featuring our literacy expert who will do some myth busting about Tier 1 instruction. Learn the truth (and the research behind it) as we explore important facts related to Tier 1.

Do you know if these statements are myths or facts?

  1. Tier 1 instruction should be done only in a whole group format
  2. Classroom teachers are the only staff who can deliver Tier 1 instruction
  3. Students who score at benchmark on screening should receive Tier 1 instruction
  4. Students should come out of Tier 1 to get their Tier 2 intervention
  5. Eighty percent of students should reach benchmark goals with Tier 1 instruction only, no intervention

This session will shed light on common myths and provide actionable alternatives to common MTSS implementation mistakes and misunderstandings. By framing Tier 1 instruction as risk reduction, participants will learn how to improve reading outcomes for all students.

Dr. Stephanie Stollar will share:

  1. Definitions of each tier of instruction in the MTSS model
  2. Characteristics of effective Tier 1 instruction
  3. Strategies for aligning Tier 1 instruction to universal screening data
  4. Alternatives to common myths about Tier 1 instruction


Dr. Stephanie Stollar
Dr. Stephanie Stollar
Founder of Stephanie Stollar Consulting L.L.C.
and creator of The Reading Science Academy
Dr. Stephanie Stollar is the former vice president for professional learning at Acadience® Learning Inc. She is an adjunct professor in the online reading science program at Mount St. Joseph University, and a founding member of a national alliance for supporting reading science in higher education. Dr. Stollar has worked as an educational consultant, a school psychologist, and an assistant professor in the school psychology program at the University of South Florida, and has provided professional development for teachers for the past 25 years. Dr. Stollar is a co-author of Acadience® Reading K–6Acadience® Reading Survey, and Acadience® Reading Diagnostic. She has conducted research in the areas of assessment, early intervention, and collaborative problem solving. As a member of the board for the Innovations in Education Consortium, she collaboratively plans the annual MTSS Innovations in Education Conference. 
Learn more about Dr. Stephanie Stollar


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