RTI

Response to Intervention (RTI)

 

In an effort to help close the achievement gap for at-risk learners, as well as provide enrichment opportunities for students performing on or above benchmark levels, an RTI framework for all 1st/2nd grade students was implemented.  RTI is an instructional approach that enables schools to provide supports for all students.  RTI is a research-based framework that involves ongoing assessment of student performance, use of evidence-based instructional practices to provide quality instruction targeted to meet individual student needs, and data-based decision making.

Our current RTI block is embedded into the schedule for 35 minutes daily.  We structured our framework to have teachers working as interventionists with 2-4 students in a group and others serving as cycle area teachers providing enrichment opportunities with 20-25 students in their classes.  This framework provides every student with meaningful instruction based on their needs and allows for students to meet new teachers and friends from different classrooms, which has really promoted a positive school culture. 

Each RTI cycle runs for approximately 20 school days and we have 8 total cycles a year.  Interventionists administer pre/post assessments with their groups, and progress monitor each week.  This data is used at the end of each cycle at a meeting where we plan the next cycle of interventions needed based on student progress.  Cycle area teachers design engaging, challenging lessons that are aligned to the standards to help students deepen their knowledge across the curriculum.  These enrichment cycles include: animal classification, author studies, life cycles, local history, related arts (i.e. - art, music, PE, Spanish), rhyming, technology using iPads, and weather.  

 

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