Response to Intervention in Math

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Boost academic achievement for all students in your mathematics classroom!

This timely resource leads the way in applying RTI to mathematics instruction. The authors describe how the three tiers can be implemented in specific math areas and illustrate RTI procedures through case studies. Aligned with the NMAP final report and IES practice guide, this book includes:

  • Intervention strategies for number sense, fractions, problem solving, and more
  • Procedures for teaching math using systematic and explicit instruction for assessment, instructional planning, and evaluation
  • Essential components to consider when designing and implementing RTI in mathematics

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Editorial Reviews

Russell Gersten
"Does a great job of blending ideas from mathematics education and the National Mathematics Panel Report with special education research. A great resource for those starting an RTI mathematics program."
Kimberly Bright
"Finally, a scholarly and practical text to help administrators and teachers learn about and institute Response to Intervention in math! Riccomini and Witzel have assembled a straightforward, well-organized, and systematically presented text that will be popular with inservice and preservice teachers alike. It is easy to follow and not overwhelming. As a teacher educator, I am always searching for a text that has utility for later use, and this is such a book! This is one of those rare textbooks that teachers will use long after their course on effective instruction."
Shelly Kelly
"The most comprehensive RTI book for mathematics that I have seen to date. The importance of choosing a research-based, effective, balanced core program cannot be overstated. By following the guidelines in this book, districts can make good, sound decisions."
Kathy Durbin
"This book hits the right balance between being practical and research driven. It provides scientific, research-based instruction in mathematics, show that RTI can focus on more than just reading. It's a tour de force!"
Joseph C. Ciechalski
"This book is well written and well organized. I found the list of web sites for math programs and interventions of great use. I highly recommend Response to Intervention in Math."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412966351
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Pages: 151
  • Sales rank: 345,237
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Riccomini is an experienced classroom teacher, author, mathematician, and leading special education expert. Dr. Riccomini began his career as a dual-certified general education mathematics teacher of students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and gifted and talented students in Grades 7–12. He taught mathematics to both general and special education students in inclusive settings. He is coauthor of the best-selling Response to Intervention in Math (Corwin, 2009) book and is an associate professor of education at the Pennsylvania State University. His teaching experiences required him to have both strong content knowledge in mathematics and to develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with both general and special educators. As a former middle and high school mathematics teacher, he knows firsthand the challenges faced by students who struggle in mathematics and recognizes the importance of early mathematics development. He hopes the writing of this book will assist teachers in their efforts to develop young mathematicians.

Dr. Riccomini provides professional development in schools across the nation. His dynamic presentations offer research-validated practices that focus on the development of improved instructional practices for all students. Dr. Riccomini’s written work includes numerous research and practitioner articles for students with and without learning disabilities, including one of the first books to address Response to Intervention in the area of mathematics. Additional publications he coauthored include three Tier 2 Interventions for the areas of fractions, integers, and simple equations.

Bradley S. Witzel, PhD, is an award-winning teacher and professor who works as an associate professor and education program coordinator at Winthrop University, the flagship education college for the state of South Carolina. As a classroom teacher, and before that as a paraeducator, he worked in multiple settings teaching mainly math and science to high-achieving students with disabilities. Dr. Witzel has written five books, including the best-selling Response to Intervention in Math through Corwin, as well as several dozen book chapters, research and practitioner articles, and training manuals. He has also produced six education videos and several hundred conference and workshop presentations. He is a selected member of the Governing Board of the Southeast Regional Educational Laboratory (REL), funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Accessibility and Accommodations work group. Dr. Witzel currently serves as the editor of Focus on Inclusive Education through the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and recently served as a panelist on the IES practice guide Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics and as an invited reviewer of the final report from the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. Most importantly, he is a father of two, husband of an educator, and son of two educators.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
1. What Is RTI, and Why Is It Important?
Overview of RTI
Key Research Support for RTI and Mathematics
2. The RTI Process for Math: Getting Started
Selection of the RTI Team Members
Belief System
Common Models of Implementation
Importance of the Core Mathematics Program
3. A Tiered Approach to More Effective Mathematics Instruction
Tier 1 Instruction and Curriculum
Tier 2 Intervention and Curriculum
Tier 3 Instruction and Curriculum
4. Mathematics Interventions Overview
Who Needs Intervention?
What Do I Teach for the Intervention?
Who Should Intervene?
How Long?
How Do I Organize My Curriculum?
What Types of Curricular Strategies Should Be Used for Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions?
5. Number Sense and Initial Math Skills
Assessments of Number Sense
Instructional Delivery of Number Sense
Curricular Elements of a Number Sense Intervention
In Context
6. Building Students' Proficiency With Whole Numbers
Importance of Proficiency in Whole Numbers
General Recommendations for Building Proficiency
Building Automatic Recall of Basic Facts With the Mastering Math Facts Program
Building Proficiency With Whole Numbers Through PALS Math
7. Fractions and Decimals
Fractions in the Standards
Assessment for Fractions and Decimals
When Are Calculators Sufficient?
Teaching the "What" With Fractions and Decimals
Teaching the "How to Compute" With Fractions and Decimals
Teaching Fluency With Fractions and Decimals
In Context
8. Teaching Problem Solving Strategically
Problem-Solving Programs
9. The Importance of Teaching Mathematical Vocabulary
The Importance of Teaching Mathematical Vocabulary
Instructional Activities to Promote Learning of Essential Mathematical Vocabulary
Assessing Students' Knowledge of Mathematical Vocabulary
10. Next Steps in the RTI Process
Professional Development
Reconsidering the Tier 1 Mathematics Curriculum
Why Is This Important for Educators Implementing an RTI Math Model?
An Alternative Approach: A Two Tier 1 Core Mathematics Program
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