Thursday, November 13, 2008

RtI - Response to Intervention

Is this a bad word in your school?Many of us are finding our way through these new rules and can use all the help we can get. Monday I attended the MAESP luncheon and the presentation was about RtI. It was the best presentation I have attended but that could be because of where my school is in this journey.
Where we have been:
2006-2007
  • Attended RTI training
  • Created Student Improvement Team (SIT)
  • Created forms/paperwork
  • Set meeting schedule (1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)
2007-2008
  • Met regularly
  • Started having referrals and meetings about students
  • Tweaked paperwork (District-wide forms because forms will stay in perm file to go to next school.)
  • Some interventions suggestions worked and some didn't
  • A little teacher frustration, and then a lot of frustration
  • Focused on ONE issue at a time and not a laundry list of concerns
  • Started to encourage more data-based referrals
2008-2009
  • Regular meetings
  • Meetings more organized and faster paced (see flipchart below - This flipchart is what we use for our agenda to keep on time and on track.)
  • Must bring only ONE issue that is backed by data to refer a student
  • Our district still uses the descrepency model and some 3rd graders need to be "tested" because they have had every intervention our school offers and are still not making progress.
Where we are headed:
We still need to tweak our system.
  • We need a master list of interventions.
  • We need to choose specific interventions for fluency, comprehension, addition, multiplication, problem solving etc.
  • Need for more common assessments and more often to provide the data on student success
Sit Team Flipchart
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: elementary administration)

RTI Podcast to come at a later date!