Response to Intervention (RtI)
Professional Development by Tegan Edwards
9:15-10:00-Overview of RtI, what is it and what does it mean for you as an educator?
11:00-11:45-Student Case Studies/Examples
11:45-12:15-Technology and RtI
1:05-3:00-Time to work on strategies and interventions for your classroom
What is RtI?
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom.
All students in Tier 1 receive high-quality, scientifically based instruction, differentiated to meet their needs, and are screened on a periodic basis to identify struggling learners who need additional support.
In Tier 2, students not making adequate progress in the core curriculum are provided with increasingly intensive instruction matched to their needs on the basis of levels of performance and rates of progress.
At this level, students receive individualized, intensive interventions that target the students' skill deficits for the remediation of existing problems and the prevention of more severe problems.
When looking at providing services to students we must think about the following:
- We can effectively teach all children in the least restrictive environment (usually the regular education classroom)
- Early intervention is key to success.
- Use research-based, scientifically validated core instruction with fidelity. You should be teaching your district curriculum on a daily basis.
- Use assessment data for multiple purposes (screening, progress monitoring, and diagnosing, grouping)
- Use a problem solving method to make decisions within a multi-tiered model of service delivery
- Use research-based, scientifically validated interventions matched to student need with continuous progress monitoring
- Use data to make all decisions
- Use data to analyze groupings of students, regroup students, determine strengths, and areas needed for growth.
- Use data to help guide teaching for whole group learning.
How can we successfully implement RtI in the classroom?
2. Share the RtI model with the school community
3. Identify Resources to be used for RtI
4. Match interventions to student need
5. Have monthly meetings with your team on the student of concern.
6. Meet with the RtI steering committee
7. The RtI steering committee will put appropriate interventions and strategies into place that should be carried out in the classroom
8. Complete interventions and strategies in the classroom along with progress monitoring.
9. After 4-6 weeks, the committee and teachers will reconvene and discuss results of the intervention that was being used.
10. If the intervention is working, it should be continued.
11. If the intervention is NOT working, different strategies or interventions can be put into place or Special Education testing can be recommended by the committee.
How Can we Use Technology for RtI?
The use of technology makes ongoing data collection, data consumption, and data-based decision making a more plausible proposition, and it can keep these important aspects of RtI from monopolizing teacher time. Previous research found that the use of technology substantially facilitated collecting, managing, and analyzing educational data (McIntire, 2002; McLeod, 2005; Pierce, 2005; Wayman, 2005).
This program can be used with any student who has behavior issues in school.
SPIRE is an intensive specialized individualized reading program, which uses a multi sensory approach.
These programs offer research-based universal screening and progress monitoring RTI tools for grades K-10, using technology to increase accuracy and automate administration.
DIBELS can be done using a computer, tablet, or Chromebook.
Discovery Education Assessments
Districts can use predictive assessments as a universal screener for all students in reading and math. The data can help teachers make decisions about what students know and are able to do as related to grade-level state standards.
A radically different online reading intervention that targets foundational phonemic awareness, language, memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills. Results and spreadsheets are provided to teacher making the collection of data much easier to handle.