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Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting educators in understanding and implementing the response to intervention (RTI) model. The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has identified four stages in the implementation of evidence-based strategies such as RTI. The first stage is Exploration, and it involves consideration of the essential components of RTI models and the district or school's readiness to implement an RTI model with fidelity. During the second stage, Installation, a district or school selects an RTI model and works actively to put in place all of the supports necessary for implementing the essential components. These supports can include staff member training, policies, implementation guides, forms, assessments, instructional programs, and software. The third stage is Initial Implementation, and it involves implementing the essential components. Initial Implementation can involve just a few components or teachers, and then implementation expands over time. When the majority of teachers are implementing all components of RTI with fidelity, the district or school is in the fourth stage, called Full Implementation. This KnowledgeBase is geared primarily toward those in the Exploration and Installation stages, with some resources for those in the Initial Implementation stage.

Task 2: Be Aware of Non-Financial Resources

Guideline:  In addition to financial resources, educators should be aware of local non-financial resources to support RTI.




A How To Guide For School-Business Partnerships

Developed by the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, "this guide is a tool to help schools and corporations learn how to create, implement, sustain or evaluate a school-business partnership. The guide identifies a series of steps in establishing a school-business partnership."

IDEA Partnership on RTI

This IDEA Partnership website provides materials and resources to assist with understanding RTI processes and best practices for implementation on federal, state and local levels.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

This link is to the website of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). As noted at its website, "LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico."

National Parent Teacher Association

As noted at its website, "As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provides parents and families with a voice to speak on behalf of every child. The PTA provides parents tools to help their children be successful students." Local parent/teacher organizations may be useful sources of financial and non-financial resources.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network

This link is to the website for OSEP Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network.

Response to Intervention: Blueprints for Implementation

This document provides the National Association of State Directors of Special Education Blueprints for Implementation at the district and school levels.

Senior Corps

As noted at its website, "Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation."


Effective Ways for Local Education Agencies to Engage State Education Agencies and Schools Regarding RTI

This link to an RTI Action Network podcast by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education Executive Director Bill East giving his perspective on how districts can engage state departments of education and schools regarding RTI.