Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a term that encompasses supports for the whole child, and takes into account academics, behavior, and social/emotional supports. TEA has already begun using the term MTSS and will continue to help districts transition to this term. MTSS is the term that is being used more and more nationwide. Response to Intervention (RtI) is a term that you may continue to hear to describe academic supports under the larger umbrella of MTSS. Or you may hear the term academic MTSS. These terms mean the same thing, and they include the same basic constructs (e.g., a tiered model, universal screening, progress monitoring, intensified intervention, data-based decision making, etc.). Intervention Best Practices is one of our new Statewide Leadership Networks that will begin in the 2019- 2020 school year. This Network will develop guidance, including professional development modules, about MTSS. (Texas Education Agency, 2019)