RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms

RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms


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RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms by Elizabeth Whitten, Kelli J. Esteves, Alice Woodrow

This all-in-one resource provides information on Response to Intervention (RTI) as well as step-by-step administrator guidelines and practical teacher tools for implementation. Despite ongoing federal initiatives meant to increase the profile and prevalence of RTI in the nation's schools, many educators continue to have questions about the framework. What are the three tiers of intervention? How do screening and progress monitoring work? Is there funding available? RTI Success provides the what and how-to information that educators have been asking for. Features of the book include: 

  • Step-by-step guidelines for implementing RTI
  • 100+ teacher-friendly, research-based strategies for targeting specific skill deficits
  • "What to Try When" charts that help determine instruction techniques
  • Tools for differentiating instruction to meet diverse classroom needs
  • Vignettes and school profiles demonstrating RTI practices in diverse settings
  • Ready-to-use assessments and educational profiles for documentation
Digital content includes staff development tools, a PowerPoint presentation, and 34 customizable reproducible forms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575423203
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 548,406
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D., is a professor of Special Education and Literacy Studies at Western Michigan University. Prior to her eighteen years in higher education, Elizabeth was a teacher and an administrator.

Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of Special Education and Literacy Studies at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kelli has experience as a special education teacher and reading specialist in the Rockford (MI) Public Schools.

Alice Woodrow, Ed.D., is director of Special Education at Allegan Area Educational Service Agency in Allegan, Michigan. Alice has also served as supervisor of Special Education in the Comstock (MI) Public Schools.

Table of Contents

List of Reproducible Pages

List of Figures


The RTI Model
Why Implement RTI?
What the Research Says
About This Book and Digital Content
Does RTI Come with Challenges?
Before You Begin

Part I: Implementation

Chapter 1: Response to Intervention

What Is RTI?
Spotlight: The Evolution of Special Education
The Three Tiers of Instruction

Tier I
Tier II
Tier III

Five Principles of RTI

Chapter 2: Setting Up RTI Teams and the Problem-Solving Process
Response to Intervention Teaming Designs

Spotlight: Transdisciplinary Teaming

The RTI Navigation Team and Its Implementation Responsibilities

1. Establish Timeline and Scope of Initiative

Spotlight: Selection of the Navigation Team

2. Involve Staff and Parents in RTI Development

Spotlight: RTI Resources for Parents

3. Establish School Baseline

4. Inventory and Supplement School Resources

Spotlight: Administering RTI School Baseline Survey

5. Provide Targeted Professional Development

6. Draft RTI Procedures and Programming Contents

RTI Grade Level Teams
RTI Support Teams
RTI Evaluation Teams

Spotlight: Outstanding RTI Questions

The RTI Problem-Solving Process

Team Member Roles in the Problem-Solving Process

Using the Problem-Solving Process in RTI Meetings

1. Identify Academic Strengths and Challenges
2. Analyze Challenges
3. Establish Academic Baseline and Learning Preferences
4. Brainstorm Teaching Strategies and Interventions
5. Develop an Intervention Plan
6. Develop an Evaluation Plan
7. Establish a Case Manager

Part II: Assessment

Chapter 3: Personalized Learner Assessment

Benefits of Personalized Learner Assessment
Tools for Personalized Learner Assessment
What Makes a Great Teacher?
The Perfect Classroom
Coat of Arms
Yellow Pages
Student Interest Inventory
Thinking and Learning Styles Inventory

Thinking Styles
Spotlight: Using the Results of Thinking and Learning Style Inventories\
Learning Styles

Parent Checklist

Multiple Intelligences Preferences
Spotlight: Using Multiple Intelligences Preferences to Guide Instruction

Multiple Intelligences Teacher Observation

Spotlight: Web-Based Learning Strengths Assessments

Chapter 4: Academic Assessment

Diagnostic Evaluation

Spotlight: Documenting Student Observations

Progress Monitoring
Curriculum-Based Measurement
Additional Progress Monitoring Tools
Outcome Assessment
Finding Time to Assess
Using Assessment to Determine Movement Across RTI Tiers

Movement from Tier I to Tier II
Movement from Tier II to Tier III
Movement from Tier III back to Tier II or I
Eligibility for Special Education Services

The Educational Profile

Elements of the “Educational Profile”
Spotlight: Considering Student Behavior

Part III: Instruction

Chapter 5: Purposeful Grouping

How Do I Group Students?
Classroom Grouping Strategies

Clock Grouping
Pocket Chart Grouping
Shuffling the Deck Grouping
Spotlight: Using Peer and Cross-Age Tutoring

Grouping Guidelines

Spotlight: Reasons to Avoid Ability Grouping

Grouping Students Within RTI Tiers

Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
Spotlight: Resources for Grouping and Differentiating Instruction

Chapter 6: Research-Based Teaching

Research-Based Instructional Methods

Set Learning Goals
Spotlight: Selection of Research-Based Instructional Methods
Activate Prior Knowledge
Use Visual Representations
Assign Practice Opportunities
Promote Higher-Level Thinking
Provide Strategy Instruction
Use the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework
Use Direct Instruction
Integrate Problem-Based Learning

Research-Based Programs and Strategies

Reading Decoding and Word Recognition
Reading Fluency
Reading Comprehension
Written Expression
Math Computation
Math Reasoning

A Final Word

References and Resources


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