Superintendent's Message - Response to Intervention Learning Model

Superintendent's Message - Response to Intervention Learning Model

Response to Intervention (RTI) in PRSD Schools

Education and the way in which it is delivered is always evolving and transforming in search of the best possible understanding of the most effective ways for children to learn and grow. We know that students learn in different ways, that each individual has their own unique needs, and that we can’t rely on textbooks and traditional learning methods as a one-size-fits-all approach to education.

This is why, in 2012, Peace River School Division (PRSD) began a shift towards a Response to Intervention (RTI) learning model. This highly regarded system involves moving away from the dual system of education that recognizes mainstream education and special education, and separates the two, and moving towards a system that supports all learners based on their strengths instead of their weaknesses.

The RTI approach is designed to assist in the early identification and support of students with learning and behaviour needs through a multi-tiered intervention system that is proven to maximize student’s individual success. Using a variety of research-based assessment methods on all students an academic and behavioural baseline is established and used to identify struggling learners and plan appropriate interventions. While most students will not require intervention past the initial assessment those that do go through increasing levels of strategic intervention until it is determined that their individual needs are being met.

By paying attention to individual student’s strengths, learning styles, and specific needs as well as their responsiveness to increasingly intensive adjustments we hope to provide the best possible instruction. This learning model allows teachers to expand their methods of teaching to better engage students, identify specific learning styles, and help target their instruction to better ensure the success of each individual.

While RTI has changed the way our classrooms look and the way our teachers teach we believe this is a very positive change, and one that continues to be recognized by education experts as effective. PRSD provides RTI related professional development and training to staff on an ongoing basis and we are excited to continue to learn how to best meet the diverse educational needs of students and to ensure that we are creating engaging and productive learning environments.

Paul Bennett
Superintendent of Schools
Peace River School Division No. 10