Posted on 02/27/2018 at 12:00 AM by Blog Experts

Supplemental Tier Definition

Needs are greater than what can be provided at the universal tier

Individualized support needs are short term

Available as needed for a specific issue or situation

Who Receives and Who Provides?

Who Receives?

  • AEA and LEA staff - both special ed and general ed teachers
  • Families

Who Provides?


AEA staff, as defined by the AEA

LEA staff - at a minimum:

  • Administrators
  • Special ed and general ed teachers
  • Counselors
  • Others as defined by LEA
  • Community partners

Role of FEP Coordinators


  • Consultation
  • Resource linkages
  • Provide small group and individualized supports
  • Connect families and/or educators with resources
  • Provide feedback to inform AEA planning team of patterns of supplemental supports needed by families
  • Build capacity of AEA and LEA staff

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Professional learning
  • Coaching
  • Support AEA and LEA staff implementation

What FEP Provides

  • Organized activities and learning opportunities targeted to a very specific content area or group
  • Professional learning, coaching, etc., as needed
  • Additional support for an individual family and/or educator to participate in universal tier activities (e.g. - extra outreach, eliminating barriers to attending events, etc.)
  • Detailed information related to very specific situations

Tools, Supports & Strategies

  • Problem-solving
  • Facilitated conversation
  • Follow-up and support
  • Workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Referrals
  • Print materials
  • Electronic media
  • Repository of statewide materials

Examples of Supplemental Tier Activities

  • Transition Fair
  • RESPECT training
  • Content-specific speakers/trainings (behavior, emotional/behavioral issues)
  • Group coaching
  • Professional development offerings




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