Response to Intervention (RtI)
4) How do you (or will you) implement RtI into your classroom?
Response to Intervention application “includes a combination of high quality, culturally and linguistically responsive instruction; assessment; and evidence-based intervention” (Shapiro, 2008, p.1) Implementation of RtI will play a part to the meaningful recognition of learning and behavioral problems, enhance instructional characteristics, provide all students with equitable opportunities to thrive in school, and help with the identification of learning disabilities and other at-risk behaviors (2008). RtI allows for “screening, progress monitoring, data-based decision-making, and a multi-level prevention system” as a means to “help every student access the grade-level standards in a very strong and effective core instructional program that is standards-based, data-driven, and responsive to student needs” (National Center on Response to Intervention, n.d.). We have a group of dedicated staff members that oversee our RtI program and report data and offer training during staff meetings, two gentlemen whose primary job is to oversee the program and to work one-to-one with the students, and a school of educators who are working diligently to successfully implement the program in our classrooms.
This topic proved to be incredibly relevant to my classroom and me. As a school that fully utilizes the RtI program I can be honest and admit that I’m not entirely comfortable with the various tiers and their requirements or the reports and data that are required on “our” end. This research proved to be a friendly reminder of the importance of the RtI program and what we are setting out to accomplish: to help the general education students who have difficulties in a variety of areas and are not considered special education rather struggling students. My current classroom practices, albeit a far cry from perfect, include keeping running data and...