Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Dennis C. McCrumb

Second Advisor

Dr. Brett Geier

Third Advisor

Dr. Jeanine Mattson-Gearhart


MTSS, reading, elementary, sustainability, Tier 1

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Training teachers about the foundational reading skills is an important step in creating students who are proficient readers. However, training is not enough. Teachers need support through instructional coaching. Even with coaching support, sustainability of these practices will be a challenge if systems are not in place throughout the district to support ongoing implementation. By combining the processes of creating a Multi-Tiered System of Support, reading training, and instructional coaching, sustainability of practices can be possible. Research does not currently exist as to whether the combination of these efforts has increased student achievement in reading at the elementary level. This paper will provide the research to determine whether the integration of these practices will improve student achievement for students in kindergarten through third grade.