Using Multi-Tiered System of Support for Struggling Students

Using a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) educational approach to address students’ individual academic and behavioral growth has become a more urgent need due to the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on academics, social-emotional learning and mental health. However, teachers’ increased stress and burnout has made delivering these programs even more challenging in many schools. School leaders are looking for a turnkey MTSS education solution that is effective and easy to implement given the limited time and capacity of staff in an already crowded academic school day.

Tier 1 & 2 for Students in Elementary School

EmpowerU was designed to work within the MTSS behavior framework, without a heavy lift from staff or the need for additional hires. It expands the capacity of any school’s student support teams and MTTS to support Tier 1 and Tier 2 students. The highly personalized programs are centered on students and focused on measurable, trackable outcomes. The Tier 1 curriculum includes:

  • Plug-and-play solution without the need for teacher prep
  • Eleven lessons differentiated by grade level with group instruction, journal time and activities to apply learning for retention
  • Includes teacher training, pre and post data per classroom as well as weekly online exercises

The Tier 2 SEL program provides targeted intervention for grades 3-5, including:

  • A six-week online course that includes goal setting and progress tracking
  • Two engaging 30-minute online lessons per week to help students master resilience concepts
  • 1:1 EmpowerU instructor support
  • Pre- to post-intervention growth data on each student that can be used as part of MTSS evaluations

Elementary students who complete EmpowerU’s programs become more self-directed and confident learners with the ability to thrive in the face of adversity.

Tier 1 & 2 for Students in Secondary School

One in three students struggle with social-emotional barriers that make it difficult for them to focus and learn. Middle and high school students need Tier 1 and 2 support that is focused on helping them succeed.

EmpowerU’s Tier 1 SEL curriculum for grades 6-10 provides:

  • Turnkey curriculum delivered through the EmpowerU platform, with little to no teacher prep
  • Daily exercises tailored to each grade level
  • Engaging activities and resources to help students internalize learning
  • Streamlined teacher training and minimal daily prep

The Tier 2 intervention for grades 6-12 includes:

  • Independent course study with 6- and 12-week options
  • Daily online lessons and 1:1 personalized coaching with highly-trained EmpowerU instructors
  • Students set goals in four areas – personal, emotional, social and academic. Students and schools can easily track goal process on the EmpowerU platform

Together with schools, EmpowerU enhances MTSS education with a tiered SEL program that is accessible, equitable, effective and affordable. We partner with school and district leaders every day to increase capacity for school-wide SEL, provide a targeted intervention for struggling students and report the data-rich results of the SEL investment.

Take the Next Step — Call or Click Today

Go to EmpowerU at or call (612) 520-1542 and ask about MTSS Education and SEL programs.

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