Preferred Name

Lyndsay Greene

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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Deborah Kipps-Vaughan

Tammy Gilligan

Tiffany Hornsby


This study serves as an investigation of the current perceptions held by educators within the North Carolina Public School System regarding Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). This paper explores the theories that guide MTSS and what factors differentiate it from other popular educational initiatives that have preceded MTSS. Additionally, this paper discusses the importance of educator buy in when implementing a new educational initiative (such as MTSS), psychological theories that guide systems change, North Carolina’s statewide MTSS initiative, and current practices at Shiloh Elementary in Union County, North Carolina. The current study is proposed as a means of gaining insight into the current perceptions about MTSS held by educators at Shiloh Elementary. In this study, general education teachers at Shiloh Elementary in Union County, North Carolina were asked to complete a survey to share their perceptions about the implementation of MTSS within their school. Select teachers also participated in discussion groups to discuss their thoughts on MTSS with colleagues to determine what, if any, factors help or hinder the implementation of MTSS.