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Tiered System of Supports:
Identifying Students for Supports

Right now, educators across the country are seeing students in need of more support – whether it be related to academic content, social and emotional skills, health and wellbeing, family needs, or a combination of many things. But how do we make sure we are identifying these needs effectively?

Within a Tiered System of Supports, the Identification Phase is the initial step in the process of engaging in activities that encourage educators to reflect on and recognize student assets while determining which students would benefit from additional support. Turnaround has a set of resources that can guide you through this important process: 


The Guiding Questions for the Identification Phase tool is a great resource for educators who want to identify and remove barriers for students to equitably have access to supports – whether those barriers are school systems and structures, biases, or something else.

The Indicators of Need tool provides a set of “look fors” for educators, illustrating how student needs might present differently. The tool covers indicators related to school functioning, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, family needs or concerns, and systems involvement.


Check out these tools, and more, as part of our resources on Tiered Systems of Support.




The Turnaround for Children Toolbox was designed to empower educators – teachers, school and district leaders, student support staff, and more – to drive change towards a more equitable, whole-child approach to school.

The Toolbox is grounded in the science of learning and development, which synthesizes research across diverse fields including neuroscience, psychology, developmental science, adversity science and more. Altogether, this science points us to the boundless potential of students and calls us to engage together in the work to design our schools accordingly.

The Toolbox offers educators tools to begin the process of confronting, dismantling and reimagining the systems, structures, practices and mindsets that uphold the inequities in our current education system. Instead of relying solely on top-down approaches for this change, we know it is only through our collective expertise, commitment and passion that we can transform experiences and outcomes for each and every student.



Getting Started with Whole-Child Design

Check out the introductory Toolbox webinar below (full transcript here). Remember, there are many entry points into this work and no wrong way to start!


Ground Your Practice in Science

Dive deep into the research on how students learn and develop. In this section, you will find:

  • 5 Key Concepts from the science of learning and development
  • Curated videos and articles from researchers and educators


Design for the Whole Child

Explore tools to redesign your practice using a whole-child, science-grounded approach. In this section, you will find:

  • Turnaround’s Whole-Child Design Blueprint, a framework for transformational change
  • 13 Core Practices for Whole-Child Design
  • Continuums of Practice (tools beyond traditional rubrics)
  • Planning guides, self-assessments, student strategies and more


Assess and Reflect

Check out Turnaround’s assets-based approach to measurement, including:

  • The Well-Being Index (Elementary and Secondary versions)
  • The Whole-Child Design Inventory
  • Guidance documents and scoring tools