The Illinois MTSS Network (IL MTSS-N) provides high-quality professional learning and coaching for schools and districts in order to develop and sustain a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). MTSS is a framework for continuous improvement that is systemic, prevention-focused and data-informed, providing a coherent continuum of supports responsive to meet the needs of all learners.

IL MTSS-N has been supporting Illinois' schools for nearly 20 years so it has the longevity and experience to address challenges schools and districts face when engaging in systemic continuous improvement. The IL MTSS-N has a track record of effectively improving equitable outcomes for students, including students with disabilities and racial/ethnic diversity.

The IL MTSS-N is an approved IL-EMPOWER 2.0 Primary Partner and has partnered with ISBE Special Education Department through the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), and Illinois Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education (IL-AWARE) to:

  • Increase capacity for teaching and learning, family engagement and assessment (SPDG)

  • Improve early literacy and culture & climate, prioritizing students with disabilities (SSIP)

  • Improve social-emotional and behavioral health (IL-AWARE)


IL MTSS-N Network Capacity Coaches build relationships with district/school leadership and staff to effectively support equity-based MTSS. “Equity-based MTSS values and welcomes each and every student as a full member of their school and provides the support students need when needed, as long as needed” (SWIFT Education Center 2018). IL MTSS-N builds whole system capacity to provide academic, social-emotional, and behavioral support to improve whole child outcomes.  

The IL MTSS-N approach includes:

  • Data-based decision making with an increased focus on Children with Disabilities

  • Comprehensive continuous improvement

  • Systems capacity building

  • Evidence-based practices with fidelity

  • Integration of whole child supports (academic, social-emotional and behavioral) into one system

  • Specialized services with student groups, including special education

By partnering with the IL MTSS-N, you can expect:

  • Contextualized coaching

  • Professional learning including both virtual and face-to-face teaching and learning opportunities

  • Problem-solving, technical assistance, networking, and connection to resources

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WHO does the IL MTSS-N serve?

Local education agencies (LEA), including districts, special education cooperatives, and regional offices of education, may participate to varying degrees in the services provided.

Our Vision

The vision of the IL MTSS-N is to be an innovative, solution-oriented, technical assistance model nationally known for promoting equitable education, career, and community opportunities for each and every student.

Our Mission

The mission of the IL MTSS-N is to provide high-quality training, coaching, and technical assistance to support and empower educational entities in creating and sustaining improved positive outcomes for each and every student.

Who can I contact to discuss more?

To learn more about how IL MTSS-N can support your school or district, send an email to ilmtss@niu.edu.