Courses in the Diverse Learners category offer opportunities to learn about evidence-based practices and policies for supporting a variety of learners. Courses will provide more information about supporting diverse students within the MTSS framework and will speak to the multiple components that make up an individual's identity, including but not limited to: race, economic background, gender, language, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and ability. As such, courses in this category will include topics such as multilingual learners, students with disabilities and/or students who are differently abled, and LGBTQ youth. At MTSS Rhode Island, diversity is seen as a strength, and not an obstacle to overcome.

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(Coming Soon!) Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 2 Advanced

This course cover builds on the Foundations course to provide more in depth evidence-based strategies for instructional design with special considerations for instructional strategies for multilingual student populations. At the more advanced level, participants examine critical aspects of instructional design and instructional assessment in Tier 1, including:

  • Reflect on and assess instruction and assessment as well as role of physical environment and classroom climate in teaching and learning;

  • Examine and assemble more advanced evidence-based strategies for Tier 1 Instructional practices;

  • Apply translanguaging strategies; and 

  • Explore cross-linguistic features of common home languages in their communities.

(Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 1 Foundations is a prerequisite  for this course.)

This course is currently being designed. Enrollment has been turned off. Please check back August 2020!


Intended Audiences

K-12 General and Special Education Teachers, Building Administrators

Course Type

Self-paced

Recommended # of PLUs

2 PLUs


(Coming Soon!) Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 1 Foundations

The most critical aspect of Tier 1 is examination and evaluation of instruction during the phases of designing, planning, implementing and assessing as it pertains to student learning. In this foundational course participants will examine the power of teacher self-reflection in the planning, design and implementation of instruction at Tier 1. Critical aspects of instructional design, such as data collection and evidence-based instructional delivery practices, are discussed. Special considerations for multilingual learners at the intersection of language and learning are also explored. Participants will:

  • Reflect on and assess instruction and assessment;
  • Learn to collect and analyze student background and family data;
  • Consider the distinction between language and learning; and
  • Examine and assemble evidence-based strategies for Tier 1 Instructional practices.

This course is currently being designed. Enrollment has been turned off. Please check back August 2020!


Intended Audiences

K-12 General and Special Education Teachers, Building Administrators

Course Type

Self-paced

Recommended # of PLUs

2 PLUs


(Coming Soon!) Who are Multilingual Learners?

Schools use a variety of terms to refer to students who are not able to learn effectively in English. While it may be common practice to provide standard supports to this group as a whole, all of these students are not the same. In this course, we will clarify terms used to reference these students and help to distinguish between them. We will define a multilingual/English learner, who is foremost a general education student with assets rather than deficits, and show how labels can impact choices we make for students.  
The enrollment feature has been de-activated for this course. Please check back in June 2020.


Intended Audiences

K-12, general and special educators,   administrators, stakeholders  working with student-teacher assistants, SLPs, school guidance counselors, home liaisons, interpreters, office personnel/clerks, deans of students, coaches, specialists (e.g., reading), school resource officer, maintenance or custodial personnel, cafeteria/recess workers

Course Type

Self-paced

Recommended # of PLUs

1 PLU