Integrated Academic & Behavior Systems

The IABS team supports the work of implementing and sustaining a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework through the lens of data, systems and practices for all students. The MTSS framework for districts and schools focuses on academics and behavior from Pre-K through 12th grade.  

NC MTSS Definition 

NC MTSS is a multi-tiered framework which promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices as well as Social Emotional Learning (SEL). NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem-solving to maximize growth for all.


Every NC Pre K - 12 public education system implements and sustains all components of a multi-tiered system of support to ensure college, career, and community readiness for all students.


NC DPI will prepare and support LEAs to implement a multi-tiered system of support for total school improvement by providing professional development, coaching and technical assistance, research and evaluation, and communication and visibility that results in college, career, and community readiness for all students. 


We believe that NC MTSS is the most effective and efficient approach to improving district, school and student outcomes thereby ensuring a sound basic education for ALL.




Create and provide resources to ensure that every LEA has access to an effective data system to make decisions about core, supplemental, and intensive supports.



Model and install communication, technical assistance and coaching structures to ensure readiness and build capacity for MTSS implementation across all LEAs.



Design and share professional development through a variety of platforms to engage all stakeholders and support every LEA’s MTSS implementation efforts.



Angel Goodwine Batts, Interim Director

IABS Strategic Plan and Division Supports

Beth Rice,  Lead Consultant - Practices

Susan Laney, Lead Consultant - Data

Karmen Mills, Lead Consultant - Systems

IABS Statewide Specific Supports

Lynn Bailey,  Strategic Outreach Consultant

Anne Nixon, SEL and Mental Wellness Consultant

IABS Regional Support Consultants

Osmond Lister, Northeast

Courtney Moates, Southeast

Rhonda Harrell, Cohort 5 Northeast, North Central, and Southeast, Cohort 5 Lead

Alisha Schiltz, North Central

Correy Watkins, Sandhills

Karmen Mills, Cohort 5 Sandhills and Southwest

Sara Newman,  Piedmont-Triad

Jade Tornatore, Southwest

Jennifer Phelps, Cohort 5, Northwest, West and Piedmont Triad

BriAnne Hall, Northwest

Julie Weatherman, West