Grant Opportunity for Charter Schools to Implement and Enhance Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

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March 2, 2018 In April 2016 the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), Butte County Office of Education (COE) and SWIFT Education Center, was awarded a large grant to implement and enhance Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) statewide. MTSS is an integrated, comprehensive framework that focuses on alignment of systems necessary for all students' academic, behavioral, and social success. It builds upon the principles of RTI2, school-wide PBIS, and the Universal Design for Learning, bringing together general and special education resources into a cohesive framework for effective prevention, intervention, and enrichment.

This grant-funded effort, called the California Scale-Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS), provides support, technical assistance, and training to help Local Education Agencies (LEA) to assess their strengths and bolster systems of academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional support for their students.

OCDE is now accepting applications for the third and final round of sub-grants. Eligible applicants include a single LEA (eligible to receive up to $25,000) or two or more LEAs applying jointly (eligible to receive up to $50,000). Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) that support schools across more than one California County/Region can apply for more than one consortium application but no more than two consortium applications per region.LEA applicants must submit a completed application to OCDE by 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2018.

OCDE will host a webinar specifically designed for charter school applicants on March 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. Register here.

Successful applicants agree to receive Technical Assistance (TA) and will be required to participate in five professional learning days and three on-site MTSS teamwork days designed to scale up MTSS efforts. For more information and to access the request for application (RFA), please visit one of the following:

For questions or support with the application, please contact