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The RTI Startup Guide

The RTI Startup Guide
Tools and Templates for Schoolwide Implementation

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August 2012 | 152 pages | Corwin

Why reinvent the wheel? Use these ready-made tools to implement RTI!

Has your Response to Intervention (RTI) initiative gotten off track? Or are you having difficulty getting started? Many educators understand the research and theory behind RTI, but they encounter roadblocks when it comes to setting up a functional RTI team and system. This all-inclusive guide outlines the steps necessary to establish a program that will empower learners and teachers alike. Veteran educator and team leader Cindy Lawrence has compiled forms, checklists, examples, and words of wisdom to streamline your RTI implementation. Lawrence considers the practical challenges that team members face, including how to:

  • Set up an effective team, from leader to record keeper
  • Set goals based on school assessment scores
  • Determine the method for assessing struggling students
  • Compile a comprehensive case file to maximize learner development
  • Successfully communicate with parents

Online, you'll find The RTI Startup Guide companion website packed with the tools and templates in the book that are ready-to-use and designed specifically to save you time and get your team running smoothly. Take what you already know and apply it today with this treasure-trove of real-life, real-time tools!

List of Figures
About the Author
What Is RTI?
Steps to Setting Up a Campus RTI System
1. Establish Committee Roles
2. Establish a Leader
3. Set Criteria
4. Set Goals
5. Set Meeting Dates
6. Set Meeting Guidelines
7. Strategies and Intervention Programs
8. Forms and Documentation Examples
9. Tracking Chart
10. Progress Monitoring
11. Brochures or Literature: For School RTI and Parent Communication
12. Confidentiality
13. School Referral to RTI Process: Staff Information
14. Campus Resource Library
15. How to Start and End a Year With RTI


“A great resource filled with ready-to-use tools and templates for site-based teams to immediately implement a comprehensive RTI program on their campuses.”

Lisa Graham, Special Education Program Supervisor
Berkeley Unified School District, CA

“A necessary handbook for any group of education leaders wanting to implement RTI in their school or district. This book has common-sense thinking, organizational assistance, as well as sample documents to identify and ultimately help struggling learners.”

Sara Coleman, Science Instructor
Norwalk High School, IA

"As school districts turn their focus to RTI implementation, this step-by-step guide will provide the support a school needs to smoothly implement this process. A must-have for all involved in education."

Michelle Strom, Language Arts Teacher
Fort Riley Middle School, KS

"Lawrence has firsthand knowledge of the stakeholders who need the information and guidance to implement Response to Intervention successfully."

A. L. Hough-Everage, Associate Professor of Education
Brandman University, Victorville, CA

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Establish Committee Roles

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