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Jumpstart RTI

Jumpstart RTI
Using RTI in Your Elementary School Right Now

February 2011 | 144 pages | Corwin

"This book provides strategies and useful tips on how a school can create a positive learning community with RTI practices that affect the learning lives of all students."
—Alice Hom, Principal
Yung Wing Elementary P.S. 124, NY

"Susan L. Hall offers an excellent evidence-based, easy-to-follow program to ensure that all students achieve their fullest potential!"
—Barbara P. Misuraca, Exceptional Needs Educator
Detroit Public Schools, MI

Susan L. Hall eloquently speaks about getting RTI going in your school and what differentiates this book from other books on the same subject.

Improve learning for all students through RTI in record time

Susan L. Hall asserts that an educator's job is not done until a school's RTI practices result in at least 95 percent of its students reading at benchmark levels. This book's research-based strategies will get you started on the road to achieving those results quickly, efficiently, and successfully. Included are case studies, delivery models, practical tools, reproducibles, analysis worksheets, and forms that can be downloaded from a secure website. This compact guide provides step-by-step instructions for:

  • Effectively implementing RTI in reading for all students
  • Integrating diagnostic and curriculum-based measures in program development
  • Measuring RTI's impact on student learning

RTI is useful for many purposes beyond improving reading and determining special education qualification. It offers schools a unique opportunity to identify, measure, and improve all students' reading skills. Because improving student reading is what really matters, this book's focus is consistently riveted to achieving success. Jumpstart RTI shows how to make it happen.

Publisher's Acknowledgments
About the Author
Why This Book Is Needed

Overview of the Contents

1. Ninety-five Percent of Students at Benchmark Is Achievable: A District Example
New Approach

What Level of Success Is Possible?

Professional Development

Next Steps


2. Getting Ready
Motivating Staff: ?Call to Action?

Build Buy-In

Create the RTI Team

Planning Period


3. Getting Started
Create an Assessment Plan

Select a Delivery Model

Add Intervention Blocks

Year 1: First Half


4. Analyzing Data and Forming Groups
Curriculum-Based Assessment

Diagnostic Assessment

Progress Monitoring

Regrouping Cycle

Systems to Manage the Data

Year 1: Second Half


5. Delivering Effective Intervention Instruction
Characteristics of Effective Intervention Instruction

Other Considerations

Intervention Materials and Programs


6. Initiating a Problem-Solving Process
Grade-Level Team Meetings

Problem-Solving Meetings

RTI Team Meetings


7. Referring a Student for Special Education Testing
RTI and Special Education

Change in Role of Special Education Staff

Communication With Parents



"This book offers an excellent evidence-based, easy to follow program to ensure that all students excel to their fullest potential!"

Barbara P. Misuraca, Exceptional Needs Educator
Detroit Public Schools, MI

"The author describes an RTI process that helps readers of every level increase their reading skills, including gifted and average readers as well as those who struggle."

Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, MI

"This book provides strategies and useful tips on how a school can create a positive learning community with RTI practices that impact the learning lives of all students."

Alice Hom, Principal
Yung Wing Elementary P.S. 124, NY
Key features

o The book includes a number of forms. For example:

§ Sample master school schedule with 30-minute intervention blocks per grade level

§ Sample assessment calendar reflecting benchmark and progress monitoring weeks

§ Selection of assessment tools

§ RTI Coordinator job description

§ Drawings of sample delivery models – from in classroom to grouping across a grade level

§ Error pattern analysis worksheets for both DIBELS and AIMSweb

§ Grouping Worksheets

§ Intervention Logs – three-week and one-week samples·

The book will include case studies of students – provide data, analysis of data, group placement, progress monitoring data, and then problem-solving team decisions on how to intensify intervention

o Forms would be included in the book throughout the text. Instead of master forms to be copied from the back of the book, readers can access a secure website to download the forms (95 Percent Group will host this website).

Sample Materials & Chapters



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