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RTI With Differentiated Instruction, Grades K–5

RTI With Differentiated Instruction, Grades K–5
A Classroom Teacher’s Guide

April 2011 | 224 pages | Corwin

Integrate DI and RTI in the elementary grades

Teachers are expected to tailor instruction for diverse learners in their classrooms. While most educators are familiar with differentiated instruction, the principles and practices of Response to Intervention/Instruction (RTI) are still emerging. This helpful guide examines the relationship between differentiated instruction and RTI through the eyes of the classroom teacher. Included are direct, clear, and practical strategies for simultaneously implementing DI and RTI that focus on classroom application rather than theory. Key topics include:

  • How RTI and DI can work together
  • How to analyze data as a basis for instruction
  • How to apply RTI and DI to each individual student

Teachers will find in-class assessment strategies for placing students in correct RTI tiers, sample lessons, and troubleshooting tips—everything a teacher needs to effectively implement DI and RTI for enhanced student achievement.

About the Author
Part I. RTI, Differentiated Instruction, and Their Marriage
1. Principles of RTI and Implications in the Classroom
2. Principles of DI and Implications in the Classroom
3. The Merging of DI and RTI
Part II. Tier 1 RTI With Differentiated Instruction
4. Tier 1 - Curriculum and Instruction
5. Tier 1 - Assessment
6. Tier 1 - The Environment
Part III. Tier 2, Tier 3, and the Problem-Solving Team
7. Tier 2 - Instruction and Differentiation
8. Tier 2 - Assessment and Problem Solving
9. Tier 3 - Instruction, Assessment, and Problem Solving
10. The Problem-Solving Team

"The information is both timely and necessary for educators. It provides them with scaffolded scenarios of Response to Intervention and Differentiated Instruction at the classroom level. There is great opportunity for self-reflection and discourse, as well as guiding questions that assist in action planning, ensuring that effective instructional practice is taking place, providing students the opportunity to achieve at their greatest potential!"

Shelby Robertson, Associate Director of Mathematics
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

"This resource for elementary teachers provides an excellent framework for differentiation within their classrooms. The author's descriptions, examples, and scenarios clearly detail necessary information for teachers to use while demystifying complex legislation and mandates."

Mary E. Little, Associate Professor
University of Central Florida

"This book has many graphic presentations and charts that can be quickly absorbed and adapted for an individual student’s needs. The questions at the end of each chapter are concrete, and lend themselves easily to group discussion. Elementary teachers can use this book confidently as a guide in the journey toward the implementation of RTI and Differentiated Instruction."

Ronda Gregg, Director of Special Services
Litchfield School District, NH

"Shows how to adapt assessments, curriculum and instruction to student abilities, discussing connections between the RTI and DI model and how to adapt ideals for classroom systems. Like Jodi O'Meara's companion book, RTI With Differentiated Instruction K-5, an outstanding, recommended survey."

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
The Midwest Book Review, August 2011

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