Support for RtI and MTSS Literacy Initiatives

The phrases “Response to Intervention” (RtI) and “Multi-Tiered System of Supports” (MTSS) are sometimes used interchangeably among educators. They are both instructional frameworks that include universal screening of all students, multiple tiers of instruction and support services, and an integrated data collection and assessment system to inform decisions at each tier of instruction. The framework can be used for literacy, math, or positive behavior supports. Keys to Literacy professional development supports RtI and MTSS literacy initiatives in these ways:

  • Keys to Literacy teaching practices are designed to be used as Tier I instruction for all students in general education, content classrooms.
  • General education teachers learn how to differentiate and scaffold instruction to accommodate students with a range of literacy skills and need for guided practice.
  • Intervention educators (e.g., special education and reading teachers, para-professionals) learn how to provide supplemental, Tier II instruction to struggling students that includes more explicit instruction and guided practice.
  • Participants in Keys to Literacy professional development learn how to use a number of comprehension, vocabulary, and writing activities as formative assessment to drive instructional decisions.

Download the details about how Keys to Literacy supports RtI and MTSS.


We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the impact on our employees and the schools where we provide professional development.

During this time period when onsite, face-to-face training and coaching is not possible, we offer multiple options for accessing our literacy PD content and instructional practices.

If you are a current or new partner, explore our website or contact us to learn more about: