Teaching and Learning - Response to Intervention

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Collective Responsibility

Definition: A shared belief that the primary responsibility of each member of the organization is to ensure high levels of learning for every child. Thinking is guided by the question, Why are we here? 

WebsiteRTI Action Network    www.rtinetwork.org

On this page you will learn all about Response to Intervention (RTI) from how it looks in Kindergarten through to Secondary School, to research and behaviour supports - all things RTI. This site is a helpful resource for educators and families. It includes an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). There are information and resources for Pre-K, K-5, Middle School, and Higher Education. You will find tools and support on tiered instruction, interventions, on-going assessment and family involvement here.

Website: IDEA Partnership’s RTI Collection includes tools, videos, power point presentations, dialogue guides, and glossaries to help support effective implementation.


Concentrated Instruction

Definition:  A systematic process of identifying essential knowledge and skills that all students must master to learn at high levels, and determining the specific learning needs for each child to get there. Thinking is guided by the question, Where do we need to go? 

Best Practices in Tier 1 Instruction in PRSD: Presentation (Elementary Version)

Best Practices in Tier 1 Instruction in PRSD: Presentation (Secondary Version)

Learner Profiles

Making a Difference: Meeting Diverse Learning Needs Through Differentiated Instruction - Alberta Education Document -  Chapters 3 & 4

Learn Alberta  Inclusive Education Library - Student's Perspective Resources for Student Interest Inventories and more

Class Profiles

The learner profile gives us a picture of the learner and their strengths, challenges, interests, and readiness; the classroom profile gives us a look at all the learners as a group.

These are necessary structures because they provide the instructional organizers for teachers to make wise decisions concerning the design of learning environments. Those bodies of knowledge ultimately help educators respond creatively to the complexity of teaching - both while planning and on the spot.

Introduction to Understanding by Design: Backward Unit Planning

Planning: Developing Effective Performance Tasks: Performance Tasks and Evidence of Learning

Planning: Teaching for Deeper Understanding: Using Wiggins & McTighe's Six Facets of Understanding from Understanding by Design to deepen your students' thinking. 


Convergent Assessment

Definition:  An ongoing process of collectively analyzing targeted evidence to determine the specific learning needs of each child and the effectiveness of the instruction the child receives in meeting these needs. Thinking is guided by the question, Where are we now? 

Website: Intervention Central     www.interventioncentral.org

This site is an exceptional resource for all elements of Response to Intervention (RTI) - from generating and printing Curriculum-based Measures (CBMs) to finding other resources to help monitor your school's RTI efforts. On this page you will find reading, math, and other academic assessments. Remember to cross-reference them with your Learner Outcomes in the Alberta Programs of Study.

Website: Research Institute on Progress Monitoring   www.progressmonitoring.org

This site provides background and research resources in the area of progress monitoring.

WebsiteNational Center on Student Progress Monitoring     www.studentprogress.org

This site offers resources and background on progress monitoring. This includes an explanation of progress monitoring, curriculum-based measures (CBMs) for progress monitoring (under Resources) and much more.

Resource: 40 Reading Intervention Strategies for K-6 Students: Research-based Support for RTI by Elaine McEwan-Adkins

"Struggling students need a different kind of instruction, more time, and ample amounts of guided practice to help them become confident readers. The interventions in [this book] are designed for general educators to use with individuals or small groups of students who simply cannot keep up with the pace of instruction. All of the interventions are grounded in research. Visit go.solution-tree.com/literacy to download selected reproducibles. Includes ways to teach vocabulary in less time with greater understanding and retention, 30+ sample lessons with step-by-step instructions, strategies for thinking aloud to scaffold challenging thinking skills such as inferencing, summarizing , and monitoring, grade level notations, and a problem-solution table of contents. A note for Canadian purchasing.

Presentation, Handouts, and Resources: Math Interventions for Grades 7 - 12 Jim Knight

In October 2012, Jim Wright presented on the topic Best Practices in Secondary Math Interventions (7-12) in Deforest, WI.  The workshop was sponsored by Wisconsin Educational Resources, LLC.

Here is the PowerPoint and the handout shared at the workshop:

Best Practices in Secondary Math Interventions (7-12): PPT in PDF Format.

Workshop Handout

Follow this link to Intervention Central for additional web links and resources discussed at the workshop--organized according to RTI teacher goal.

Website: Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

This site is an absolute treasure trove of all things in the domain of Behavioural Response to Intervention. This includes school-wide Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports for beginners through advanced, at the school level, at the district level, anti-bullying, student mental heal and more. Scroll down to access the Tools tab and more. Included here are Classroom Checklists, Effective Classroom Plan, Environmental Inventory Checklists, Classroom Management Self-Assessment, Functional Behavior Support Plans and more.


Certain Access

Definition:  A systematic process that guarantees every student will receive the time and support needed to learn at high levels. Thinking is guided by the question, How do we get every child there? 


Further Learning

Book: Simplifying Response to Intervention: Four Essential Guiding Principles by Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, and Chris Weber available at Solution Tree or on Amazon.ca.

Website: National Center on Response to Intervention     www.rti4success.org

This site offers background and resources on Response to Intervention. You will find webinars on implementing effective Response to Intervention systems (includes one on progress monitoring and assessment for English Language Learners), briefs explaining research on K-3 Reading Interventions, and more. Under the Resources tab you will find research, webinars, a tutorial section for self learning, and an "ask the experts" area.

 On this site you will find implementation tools, tool charts, webinars and an "ask the expert" area. Under the Implementing RTI tab you will find many resources for whatever stage you are at in implementing your RTI system in your school. Look deeper in these sections and you will find center products, videos and webinars to assist you.

Website: The IRIS Center

This site offers seven online professinal learning modules for educators on RTI. IRIS is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children.

Book: Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning by John Hattie

Website:  Rick Stiggins, one of the leaders in the field of Assessment for Learning, talks about being very clear about the target and keeping it steady.

Website:  Grant Wiggins - Big Ideas

Book: Models of Teaching (8th Edition)

Bruce Joyce and Marsha Weil with Emily Calhoun - Allyn & Bacon, 2008

This book provides background on effective instructional design (the precursor to Fisher andFrey's current work above.) Also available in ebook format.

Book: Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: a Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2008

This book offers an outstanding structured model of teaching and lesson design. Structured lessons are fundamental to Tier 1 instruction and for allowing small group supports to be delivered in Tier 1.