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RTI Getting Started

  1. Establish a need for change
  2. Establish an RTI Leadership Team
  3. Provide training in terminology of RTI for all staff that will be involved (superintendent, principal, coordinators, teachers, paraprofessionals)
  4. Determine the method of screening all students (what assessment, how often, who will administer, what will it indicate)
  5. Clarify the Tier I instructional program
  6. Determine who will provide the tiered interventions (Tier II and III) and who will complete and record progress monitoring
  7. Provide training in assessment and intervention methods
  8. Begin
  9. Establish regular meetings of the RTI Team to determine next steps, support, student selection, interventions etc.
  10. Provide ongoing training for classroom and intervention teachers
  11. Make decisions and changes as you go…there is no right or wrong way as long as it is providing you with information and successful students
  12. Determine the indicators that will determine a Special Education placement

Implementation of RtI [K-12] pdf icon (External Link)
Presented at the Response to Intervention Symposium April 12, 2006, by Dr. Doug Marston, Special Education Administrator, Minneapolis Public Schools.

IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement: Response to Intervention Online Modules [K-12] (External Link)
These online modules provide information on Response to Intervention. The first module compares the RtI approach to the currently used IQ-Achievement Discrepancy model and then explores the RtI approach, specifically the Standard Treatment Protocol.

Indicators of School Readiness for RtI: A Self-Assessment Tool, and (2) RtI Configuration Map [K-12] (External Link)
Colorado Department of Education has developed a variety of tools to assist schools in implementing an RtI model. The Indicators of School Readiness for RtI: A Self-Assessment Tool is a rubric that allows educators to assess how prepared their school is for RtI implementation and to formulate a school profile. This information can be used to determine next steps for RtI implementation.

The RtI Configuration Map is an implementation configuration map developed through the FoR (Focus on Results) Sliver Grant project, a joint initiative of Douglas County School District and Cherry Creek School District. It allows educators to self-assess and become cognizant of the current level of implementation for each component of RtI.

Response to Intervention Training for California Educators [K-12] (External Link)
This web site contains an archive of the Webcast Training Series that began March 16, 2006. Top educators from across the nation provided information on implementing a multi-tier RTI system aligned with NCLB that is designed to improve child academic and behavioral outcomes. Materials related to each presentation are available under the "Materials" tab. Webcasts include

  1. RTI-Why Now?
  2. What is RTI
  3. Administrative Issues in RTI
  4. Instruction in RTI Systems
  5. RTI - Getting Started

Presenters in this series include Jack Fletcher, Dan Reschly, David Tilly, Sharon Kurns, and Amanda Van Der Heyden. As some of the most knowledgeable researchers in the field of Response to Intervention, their information will be invaluable to RCCs and state departments of education as they gain understanding of RTI and related implementation issues.





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