SCS Instructional Updates

Sylacauga City Schools - Curriculum and Instruction


Sylacauga City Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department is committed to communicating with school and district staff. Our goal is to provide frequent newsletter updates and links so that all Sylacauga City School teachers and instructional support have a deepened understanding of district initiatives and how they support continuous improvement.

What is Response to Instruction (RtI)?

Response to Instruction (RtI) refers to an instructional framework that promotes a well-integrated system connecting general, gifted, supplemental, and special education services in providing high quality, standards-based instruction and intervention that is matched to students’ academic, social-emotional, and behavioral needs. RtI combines core instruction, assessment, and intervention within a multi-tiered system to increase student achievement and reduce behavior problems.

The RtI process requires the involvement of classroom teachers, parents, students (when appropriate), building specialists, and (e.g., principals, academic coaches, special education teachers, EL teachers, counselors, speech therapists). The ultimate purpose of the RtI process is to enhance the success of students with a variety of academic and/or behavior needs, rather than solely determine whether a student qualifies for special education services. The effectiveness of RtI is maximized through a collaborative problem-solving approach to identify student needs and implement targeted interventions. Data are utilized to measure student progress as a result of the instruction, as well as to monitor intervention needs.

The RtI instructional model has three tiers that focus on academic and behavioral strategies in the general education setting.

The goal of current district professional development such as SREB, LETRS, and AMSTI is to strengthen Tier I, the intial instruction for all students.

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Grade Reporting Reminder:

Q1 - August 12 - October 8 (progress reports September 10) 41 days

Q2 - October 11 - December 17 (progress reports November 10) 44 days

Q3 - January 5 - March 11 (progress reports March 11) 46 days

Q4 - March 14 - May 26 (progress reports April 22) 49 days

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