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RtI: A Pyramid of Support

What is RtI?

When teachers email me asking about RtI, they generally want to know how to get RtI started in their school.  I have found that teachers are in the same position I was in when I started RtI in my school- you are told the school is implementing it, but no one really knows what you need.  

I did a LOT and I do mean a LOT of research trying to understand the RtI process.  It is not a quick thing to learn and implement.  But good news!  There is a lot of information out there...good information and a lot more of it than just a few years ago.  

The best way to begin is to be sure you and your team (if you have one) has a good understanding of what Response to Intervention is and can be.  You need to understand the tiers and decide what they will look like at your school.  Please understand that RtI can look different for each school.  These tiers are just a general overview and may not be exactly what your school does.

Tier I:  Everyone is in tier I until moved into a higher level tier because of increased need of support.  This tier's needs are generally met within the classroom with core instruction.  Most students, even those who are slightly below level can be instructed with scaffolding and differentiated teaching to meet their needs in the class.  About 80% of students will be in Tier I.

Tier II:  Students that are below your school's designated benchmarks, may need to be placed into Tier II.  Students placed here will be instructed in a targeted small group setting.  In my state, we choose 2 areas of intervention at a time to give targeted instruction.  When those are met, students are then instructed in a new area.  About 15% of students may be in Tier II.

Tier III:  Students not making adequate progress in Tier II and who are significantly below grade level are placed into Tier III.  Students receive intensive, individual intervention at this tier.  In my school, the instruction is more intensive and the interventions are for a longer period of time.


What is RtI?

Anytime I am asked about RtI, I tell teachers that if they have a chance to hear Mike Mattos speak they need to go hear him!  I was sent to one of his conferences and he was great!!  He was able to clear up several confusions we had at our school and help up streamline our program.  It was a huge help!

What is RtI?

Another good source of information for an overview of RtI is the RtI Action Network.  This site will give you lots of information and ideas for what RtI is and how to put the information together.


What is RtI?

I really like this site, RtI 4 Success.  You can look up a lot of different information, like what is universal screenings or progress monitorings and then see a chart with examples of each.  

Remember, RtI looks different in each school and if you are looking to implement it, strengthen your existing program or just looking to increase your own knowledge there are a lot of places to get information.  If your state has guidelines that is your first place to start.  I try to follow our state's guidelines very closely.  Also, find out what your administration is expecting from RtI.  Then read and research all that you can!  

RtI works and can be a huge benefit to students.  It doesn't have to be a mountain of paperwork or just another hoop to jump through.  


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14 comments:

  1. Definitely sharing these websites and books with my RTI team! Thanks for always providing such good ideas and detailed explanations :) You have certainly grown my knowledge of RTI!

    Amelia
    wherethewildthingslearn

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    1. You are so welcome, Amelia! I hope that the RtI information was helpful to you and your team

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  2. You could go on tour, visiting schools throughout the country and getting their RTI all fixed up. Come to my school first!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. I think you have too much confidence in me, Tammy! But I would love to come visit you at your school! :)

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  4. Lori, thank you so much for this post and your great ideas! We just started implementing our RTI about a year and a half ago. It is going pretty well, but I really appreciate your suggestions on the sites and your tips! After you fix Tammy's school in the comment above, will you come fix mine?! :)
    Carolyn
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I think Tammy has more confidence in me than deserved. :) I am glad to hear that your RtI is going well. It took us several years to get it to where it is now. It is a lot of trial and error, tweaking it every single year. But I would still love to come and visit your kinder classroom! :)

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  5. Thanks Lori for your clear guide and direction. Off to explore these sites now. BTW , fancy a trip to Australia ? We could so with you at my school too! :-)
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

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    1. Ohhh, I would love a trip to Australia, Julie! Wouldn't that be fun! I have always wanted to go there and then to be able to visit your classroom would be great!! I hope the RtI information will be helpful to you. :)

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  6. Thanks so much Lori for helping to go into more detail about a very confusing topic! You certainly helped to clarify this confusing process a more! You truly are a wealth of information! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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  7. Thank you, Amanda! I hope it does help. RtI can be so confusing and so many schools implement it in lots of different ways.

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  8. Lori- Can u help me understand how RTI could work within a 4th grade setting that is departmentalized?? Just trying to visualize how the reading or math teacher can work with all the students they need if they don't have them all within same class period. Ahhhh!! Help :) Neenerz76@gmail.com

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    1. The best way I can tell you to help you with departmentalization is to set aside a specific time in the schedule that is devoted to RtI time. At our school we have a specific 30 minute time period set aside every day for K-2 and another 30 minute time set aside for RtI for grades 3-5. That seems to work the best for us. We are also departmentalized so I understand how tricky the scheduling can get. Unless the teachers are able to work it out among themselves, it might be easier to have your administration set the time.

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  9. Lori- Can u help me understand how RTI could work within a 4th grade setting that is departmentalized?? Just trying to visualize how the reading or math teacher can work with all the students they need if they don't have them all within same class period. Ahhhh!! Help :) Neenerz76@gmail.com

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