Lisa Tusa, MTSS Coordinator
Implementing a multi-tiered system of support without an intervention planning process is like trying to teach a class without a lesson plan. If you don't know where you're going (or have a plan for getting there), you won't be able to effectively support students.
Intervention plans are typically used as part of student support team processes for MTSS. Once a caring adult determines that a student needs targeted support, the next step is to create an intervention plan.
What Is an Intervention Plan?
An intervention plan is a blueprint for helping a student build specific skills or reach a goal. In other words, it's an action plan.
In general, intervention plans include a goal, intervention strategy, timeline, and progress monitoring method.
What Makes a Good Intervention Plan?
Before you get started building an intervention plan, make sure you have the necessary data! Look at the student's progress across multiple dimensions—academics, social-emotional learning, behavior, and attendance. This can help you make more informed decisions about what the student needs. In addition to being data informed, good intervention plans are measurable and time-bound. You'll want a clear way to measure if the student is progressing, and a plan for how long you'll deliver the intervention. The goals is to reach a decision point at the end of an intervention plan. Maybe the student has met their goal, and you can close out their intervention plan. Maybe the student is progressing, but the intervention should continue. Or, maybe the current intervention plan isn't working and it is time to rethink the strategies in place.