Panel Discussion – MTSS IRL (In Real Life!)

Panel Discussion – MTSS IRL (In Real Life!)

Date: May 22nd
Time: 3:30- 5:00pm
Modality: ZOOM
Panelists: Shayna Kalnitsky, Michael Rupple, Susan Steenkamp, Christopher Neville, Jim Calhoun
Audience: All: District and Building level leaders, general and special education educators
Cost: $20.00 per person (Free for current school year NEXIS participants
Moderator: Audrey Richardson, PLL NEXIS Coordinator


Join us for an interactive and informative panel discussion event focused on Multitiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Act 173, with a specific focus on Special Education shifts in Vermont. Our expert panelists, including educators, school and district leaders, will share their insights and experiences on these vital topics affecting the education landscape in Vermont.

MTSS is a framework used by educators to provide targeted support and intervention to students struggling with academic or behavioral challenges. It emphasizes prevention, early identification, and evidence-based instruction to ensure that all learners receive the support they need to succeed. Act 173 is a significant educational policy change in Vermont, aiming to reform the way the state funds special education services for students with disabilities.

The discussion will explore how MTSS can be implemented in schools to support students with disabilities and how Act 173 aligns with this approach. The panelists will discuss how MTSS can be used to address disparities in educational outcomes among ALL  students with disabilities and break down systemic barriers that limit their access to quality education.


Panel Participants:

Shayna Kalnitsky – Director of Student Support – Windsor Central Supervisory Union
Michael Rupple – High School Principal – Otter Valley MS/HS
Susan Steenkamp – Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union – MTSS Coordinator
Christopher Neville – Elementary Co-Principal – Brookside Primary School
Jim Calhoun – School District Psychologist – Lamoille South Supervisory Union