Implementing Response to Intervention : A Principal's Guide

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-28
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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This school leader's guide to implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) for primary and junior school reading emphasizes the critical role managers play in ensuring RTI success in their schools and improving student outcomes. The author makes recommendations for putting the RTI process in motion and helps school leaders formulate a comprehensive assessment plan that includes an assessment calendar and a data management system; design a year-long staff development plan to train teachers in using data for making instructional decisions; use data in year-group, teacher, and parent meetings; and motivate staff for optimum success without overwhelming them.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
About the Authorp. xxi
Lincoln Elementary School: A Case Study of What RTI Looks Like in a Schoolp. 1
Evidence of Buy-Inp. 1
Assessment Proceduresp. 3
Tiers of Instructionp. 6
Tier Ip. 6
Tier IIp. 7
Tier IIIp. 10
Data-Driven Decision Makingp. 11
Data Discussions at Grade-Level Meetingsp. 11
Goal Settingp. 13
Data Discussions at One-on-One Teacher Meetingsp. 14
Data Discussions at Parent Conferencesp. 15
Why Implement RTI?p. 17
What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)?p. 17
Eight Core Principles of RTIp. 18
Shaping the Initiativep. 20
Why RTI Is More Than a Special Education Requirementp. 20
History of RTIp. 21
Forces Driving RTIp. 22
Special Education Reform Movementp. 23
Support for RTI From Reading Researchersp. 26
Increased Availability of Assessmentsp. 29
Relationship of RTI to Other Reading Servicesp. 30
How Is RTI Related to Reading First?p. 30
How Is RTI Related to Special Education?p. 31
Setting the Stage for RTIp. 35
Motivating Changep. 36
Highlighting Unacceptable Student Scoresp. 36
Compliance With a Grant Requirementp. 37
A Leader's Passionp. 37
Getting Ready to Launch RTIp. 38
Collecting Baseline Datap. 38
Grounding the Initiative in Researchp. 38
Principal's Rolep. 40
Communication Planp. 40
Planning an RTI Initiativep. 42
Implementation in Phasesp. 42
Designing an Assessment Planp. 48
Staff to Assist With RTIp. 54
Big Questions: Money, Time, and Resultsp. 55
Funding an RTI Initiativep. 55
How Long Does It Take to Implement?p. 56
What Level of Success Can I Expect?p. 56
Delivering Intervention Instructionp. 59
Organizing for Intervention Groupsp. 59
Who Teaches Intervention Groups?p. 60
When Does Intervention Instruction Take Place?p. 60
Where Does Intervention Occur?p. 61
Tiers of Intervention Instructionp. 65
Tier Ip. 65
Tier IIp. 66
Tier IIIp. 68
Processes for Moving Students Through the Systemp. 70
Protocol Model Versus Problem-Solving Modelp. 70
Placing Students in Interventionp. 71
Making Group Placement Decisionsp. 72
Grouping Techniquesp. 73
Simplifying the Processp. 78
Using Progress Monitoring Datap. 81
Importance of Progress Monitoring Datap. 81
Determining Which Indicators to Progress Monitorp. 83
Graphing Rates of Progressp. 84
Decisions That Require Progress Monitoring Datap. 85
Moving Students From Tier II to Tier IIIp. 85
Responding to Inadequate Rates of Progressp. 86
Determining When a Student Meets Exit Criteriap. 87
Using Progress Monitoring Data at Meetingsp. 88
Preparing Data for Meetingsp. 89
Data Meetings With Grade-Level Teamsp. 90
Data Meetings With Individual Teachersp. 92
Data Meetings With Parentsp. 94
Data Charts That Are a Must for Principalsp. 96
Effective Models of professional Developmentp. 97
Designing an Effective Approach to Professional Developmentp. 98
A Sustained and Job-Embedded PD Modelp. 98
Planning Different Formatsp. 98
Who Should Attend PDp. 99
Content of Professional Developmentp. 99
Delivering Professional Development in Strandsp. 101
Administrator Trainingp. 101
Training for RTI Coordinators and Reading Coachesp. 102
Teacher Trainingp. 104
Differentiating the Training Throughout Implementationp. 104
Dealing With Reluctant or Resistant Teachersp. 106
Sharing Early Success Storiesp. 107
What the Future Holds for RTIp. 109
Three-Tier Model as Descriptive, Not Prescriptivep. 110
Appropriate Use of Programsp. 111
Future of Special Education Curriculum in Readingp. 113
Broadening of RTI Beyond Early Readingp. 114
Resources: Sample Administrative RTI Data Notebookp. 117
Referencesp. 123
Indexp. 125
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