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How RTI Works in Secondary Schools

Foreword by Daryl F. Mellard



© 2009 | 168 pages | Corwin

"This book not only provides a solid foundation for guiding school improvement, but also details an array of very practical tools that can be used to implement tiered instructional options in middle and high school settings."
—Donald D. Deshler, Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
Director, Center for Research on Learning
University of Kansas

"From research-based screenings to evidence-based interventions, the authors address the challenges specific to secondary schools and provide concise, realistic options."
—Nicole Power, RTI Coordinator and Speech Language Pathologist
Bethany Public Schools, OK

Practical solutions for implementing RTI and improving student outcomes in Grades 6–12!

Implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) in Grades 6–12 offers many unique challenges, but this comprehensive, research-based book provides secondary school administrators with the information, resources, and guidance necessary to use RTI for the benefit of struggling adolescent learners.

Drawing on the latest research, the authors identify the current best practices for key components of RTI and demonstrate how school teams can work together to implement an assessment- and data-driven decision-making process for educators. Describing how all these elements can work together under the RTI framework, this book provides:

  • Specific guidance on building leadership capacity to make RTI implementation a success
  • Case studies that illustrate real middle and high school RTI models
  • Instructional strategies for tiers one, two, and three
  • Forms, checklists, and lists of Web and print resources

With this valuable resource, secondary school leaders can avoid potential missteps when implementing RTI and make dramatic improvements in outcomes for adolescent learners!

 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. What Is RTI?
Purpose of RTI at the Secondary Level  
How RTI Works  
How RTI Fits With Other Education Initiatives  
Purpose of This Book  
How This Book is Organized  
Summary  
 
2. Implementation and Continuous Improvement
Overview  
What are the Desired Outcomes?  
How is RTI Expected to Lead to These Outcomes?  
What Must Happen If RTI is to Work as Expected?  
What Data Can be Used to Inform Implementation Efforts?  
How Do We Develop a System for Analyzing and Evaluating Data?  
What Systems are Needed for continuous Improvement of the RTI Process?  
Summary  
 
3. Leadership Perspectives on RTI
Overview  
What is My Role as Building Leader to Implement RTI?  
How Do I Start the Process of Implementation?  
What Will the Professional Development Needs Be?  
RTI Focuses on Academics: What About Behavior?  
What if We Identify too Many Kids in Need of Intervention?  
What Resources Will I Need to Provide?  
What If I Don't Get Things Right the First Time?  
RTI Implementation in Practice  
Summary  
 
4. Universal Screening
Definition: What is Universal Screening?  
Why is Accuracy Important?  
Purpose of Screening at the Secondary Level  
What Data Should Be Collected?  
Implementation  
Leader Tasks  
Universal Screening in Practice  
Summary  
 
5. Tier 1 Instruction
Definition: What is Tier 1 Instruction?  
Purpose of Tier 1 at the Secondary Level  
Implementation  
Tier 1 in Practice: Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School  
Leader Tasks  
Summary  
 
6. Tier 2 and 3 Intervention
Definition: What is Tier 2 and Tier 3 Intervention?  
Purpose of Tiers 2 and 3 at the Secondary Level  
Implementation  
Tier 2 in Practice: Mattawan High School  
Tier 3 Implementation  
Leader Tasks  
Summary  
 
7. Progress Monitoring
Definition: What is Progress Monitoring?  
Purpose of Progress Monitoring at the Secondary Level  
Implementation  
Leader Tasks  
Summary  
 
8. Conclusion
How is RTI Expected to Lead to Improved Student Learning?  
What is the Role of Leadership for Ensuring Successful RTI Implementation?  
Why We are Optimistic About the Future of RTI: Two Case Stories  
Summary  
 
Appendix: RTI Implementation Checklist
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"Offers all people involved in the RTI process a detailed guide of how to proactively implement RTI. The real-world examples, visuals, and lists of resources are extremely helpful when attempting to turn words into actions and determining how exactly to coordinate such a big undertaking!"

Kimberly Kysar, Speech Language Pathologist and RTI Coordinator
Yukon Public Schools, OK

"Specific examples of RTI implementation at the middle and high school levels provide a powerful means of demonstrating the components in practice and give practitioners an extremely useful resource as they begin their implementation process."

From the Foreword by Daryl F. Mellard

"To successfully implement an RTI framework in schools, practitioners need very practical, hands-on guidelines and tools for making this new model of school improvement work. The complexity of this task is magnified greatly in secondary schools. This book will be a treasure for educators who want to make dramatic improvements in outcomes for adolescents – especially those who struggle in learning. It not only provides a solid foundation for guiding school improvement, but it details an array of very practical tools that can be used to implement tiered instructional options in middle and high school settings. This book will become a 'go-to resource' for teachers and administrators in middle and high school settings."

Donald D. Deshler, Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
Director, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

"This book is a must-read for schools wishing to begin or expand RTI to the secondary levels. From research-based screenings to evidence-based interventions, the authors address the challenges specific to secondary schools and provide concise, realistic options."

Nicole Power, RTI Coordinator and Speech Language Pathologist
Bethany Public Schools, OK

"Administrators and teachers who are concerned about making sure that each student in their program is successful will want to read this book over and over. It is a very straightforward explanation of a complex topic that is very important to making education what we want it to be for our country, our communities, and our children. This one is a keeper!"

Frederick Brigham, Associate Professor of Special Education
George Mason University

"This book not only helps principals understand what RTI is and why we need this in our schools, it serves as a valuable resource to guide us with implementation."

Ryan Pfahler, Middle School Principal
Coopersville Area Public Schools, MI
Key features

This book brings together elements of best practice from numerous areas and describes how they can work together under the RTI framework. Inside you will find:

  • Specific examples from both junior high and high schools to illustrate general principles
  • Forms
  • Checklists
  • Lists of Web and print resources specific to each area

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Daryl F. Mellard

Chapter 1: What Is RTI?


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