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Implementing Response to Intervention
A Principal's Guide

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November 2007 | 160 pages | Corwin

"I loved it! We in the field are in need of this type of book."
—Jill Gildea, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Libertyville School District, IL

"Clearly outlines how schools can work collaboratively toward creating schoolwide learning environments where effective RTI practices are implemented and data is used to inform instructional decisions about students."
—Alice Hom, Principal
Yung Wing Elementary P.S. 124, New York City, NY

"Even as an administrator who has been trained in RTI, I found the book to be both interesting and informative. I have told other administrators to keep an eye out for it."
—Jennifer Cruz, Principal
Mirage Elementary School, Glendale, AZ

Learn how to launch RTI successfully and improve student outcomes significantly!

As a research-based model for improving reading achievement, Response to Intervention (RTI) has demonstrated dramatic results in elementary and middle schools. This practical guide provides a clear vision of what RTI looks like in practice and illustrates how educators can use this highly effective approach to help students acquire grade-appropriate reading skills or make sure students receive the support they need through special education services.

The author presents an accessible step-by-step action plan for putting the RTI process in motion, emphasizes the critical role administrators play in ensuring successful implementation in their schools, and helps school leaders:

  • Formulate a comprehensive assessment plan that includes an assessment calendar and a data management system
  • Design a yearlong staff development plan to train teachers in using data for making instructional decisions
  • Use data in grade-level, teacher, and parent meetings
  • Motivate staff for optimum success without overwhelming them

This authoritative text charts a straightforward course for strengthening students' literacy skills and helping all youngsters become successful, enthusiastic readers.


 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Lincoln Elementary School: A Case Study of What RTI Looks Like in a School
Evidence of Buy-In

 
Assessment Procedures

 
Tiers of Instruction

 
Data-Driven Decision Making

 
 
1. Why Implement RTI?
What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)?

 
Eight Core Principles of RTI

 
Shaping the Initiative

 
Why RTI Is More Than a Special Education Requirement

 
History of RTI

 
Forces Driving RTI

 
Relationship of RTI to Other Reading Services

 
 
2. Setting the Stage for RTI
Motivating Change

 
Getting Ready to Launch RTI

 
Communication Plan

 
Planning an RTI Initiative

 
Big Questions: Money, Time, and Results

 
 
3. Delivering Intervention Instruction
Organizing for Intervention Groups

 
Tiers of Intervention Instruction

 
Processes for Moving Students Through the System

 
 
4. Using Progress Monitoring Data
The Importance of Progress Monitoring Data

 
Determining Which Indicators to Progress Monitor

 
Graphing Rate of Progress

 
Decisions That Require Progress Monitoring Data

 
Using Progress Monitoring Data at Meetings

 
Data Charts That Are a Must for Principals

 
 
5. Effective Models of Professional Development
Designing an Effective Approach to Professional Development

 
Content of the Professional Development

 
Delivering Professional Development in Strands

 
Differentiating the Training Throughout Implementation

 
Dealing With Reluctant or Resistant Teachers

 
Sharing Early Success Stories

 
 
6. What the Future Holds for RTI
Three-Tier Model as Descriptive, Not Prescriptive

 
Appropriate Use of Programs

 
Future of Special Education Curriculum in Reading

 
Broadening of RTI Beyond Early Reading

 
 
Resources: Sample Administrative RTI Data Notebook
 
References
 
Index

"As an administrator who has been trained in RTI and is in the second year of implementation, I found the book to be both interesting and informative. I have also told other administrators to keep an eye out for it."

Jennifer Cruz, Principal
Mirage Elementary School, Glendale, AZ

"Clearly outlines a process of how schools can work collaboratively toward creating schoolwide learning environments where effective RTI practices are implemented and data is used to inform instructional decisions about students."

Alice Hom, Principal
Yung Wing Elementary P.S. 124, New York City, NY

“I loved it! We in the field are in need of this type of book.”

Jill Gildea, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Libertyville School District, IL

"Perfect for practitioners who are seeking research-based ways to make the gift of reading available to all students, not just to those who are 'ready.' If you know almost nothing about RTI, this book provides a superb orientation. If you know a little about RTI, you will be an expert by the time you finish the book."

From the Foreword by Elaine K. McEwan

“Provides a key to what RTI looks like in practice, showing how educators can use it to help students acquire and stay on course with reading skills. College-level education collections and principals need this.”

California Bookwatch, May 2008
Midwest Book Review

"Reading this book is like having a personal coach guiding one through the RTI implementation process. At a time when RTI has become one of the hottest buzz words in education, this book is a user-friendly resource providing education leaders moral support and clear, practical suggestions."

The School Administrator, June 2008
American Association of School Administrators

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Elaine K. McEwan

Preface

Chapter 1: Why Implement RTI?


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