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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 1: Collaborate with Others

Guideline: Working through or with collaborative teams requires an understanding of group dynamics, along with facilitation and team building skills. Teachers working with response to intervention (RTI) models need an understanding of these concepts to support their colleagues.



Collaborative Instructional Logs

Used to promote communication between teachers and interventionists, the Collaborative Instructional Logs document a student’s response to intervention over time. Each of the three logs is now available both as a PDF document and as an interactive template.  With the interactive template, you are able to type directly on the form and individual cells within the document will grow to accommodate the text.  To learn how to use the Collaborative Instructional Logs, watch this presentation entitled "Closing the Achievement Gap: Collaborating to Support Student Success."



Guidelines for Productive Meetings

This guide from the Team Handbook might assist team members with having productive meetings.


Collaboration: Wisconsin RTI Center

Collaboration as part of an RTI system includes educators, families and communities working together both formally and informally. This partnership builds and implements a model that identifies and provides supports to students to increase their academic and behavioral success through data-based decision making. This Wisconsin RTI Center website also features how to build a powerful collaboration team.

Creating Shared Language for Collaboration in RTI

This link to the RTI Action Network website provides an article discussing the need for a shared language for RTI collaboration efforts. The article's purpose is to share how collaboration is shaped within an RTI model by establishing a need for collaboration with a focus on the use of language.

Education on the Web - Managing Change

This link is to the Managing Change category in Education on the Web. The category provides resources to assist educators with managing change.

Save Time, Increase Collaboration, and Enhance Your RTI Program

This 2016 Kickboard for Schools blog introduces the new Kickboard Response to Intervention system, which is the latest enhancement to the Kickboard school-wide behavior management system.  Kickboard's RTI system allows you to create, implement and monitor individual behavior intervention plans across all RTI tiers. With easy-to-use tools and real-time data, you can intervene at the right place and time, and get even the most at-risk students back on track. Kickboard's blog offers six ways their new RTI system makes it easier to plan, assign and track interventions, and act on real-time, quantitative data to create safe, happy schools where students and staff thrive.

Stages of Team Growth

Every team goes through a development process. From the beginning, it is critical for team members to understand they will experience a process of maturation and growth. An orientation program for team members should address how a team matures and develops. This guide, reproduced from the Team Handbook authored by Peter Scholtes, provides team members with an awareness of the stages of team growth.


Doug Fuchs on the Role of Collaboration in School Success

In this 2013 RTI Thought Leaders video, Doug Fuchs talks with Sheldon Horowitz about corporate culture and the DNA of schools. They explore what collaboration means within schools and discuss the importance of specialists and non-specialists communicating to support the primary goal, educational attainment.

The Magic of Collaboration! SLPs and Teachers Use RTI to Reach Struggling Readers

This American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website offers a downloadable PDF presentation showing SLPs and teachers use RTI to reach students struggling with reading.

The Power of Collaboration: Dr. Shelle VanEtten de Sánchez

Over the past 12 years, as the Director of Education at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Dr. Shelle VanEttten de Sánchez learned indispensible lessons about the power of collaboration in situations of limited fiscal resources, staffing, and time. Collaboration, although rarely the easiest way to accomplish a goal, can turn a small idea into something that far surpasses its original potential.


Collaboration: RTI Stories

Wisconsin Public Television Education offers this video to show how staff in the School District of Beloit team up to dig deeply into learning.

RTI Team Building: Effective Collaboration and Data-Based Decision Making

This is a chapter excerpt from Guilford Publication's "RTI Team Building: Effective Collaboration and Data-Based Decision Making." This book is about the school teams that exist at the heart of the RTI implementation: teams that provide leadership, analyze student performance data, and use data to make decisions impacting individual students, classrooms, and schools. With this book, the authors aim to provide RTI team members and facilitators with practical strategies to promote effective team-based collaboration and data-based decision making.

Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Target Instruction

This 2016 video features Meyer Elementary School's Response to Intervention practice which has contributed to their ranking in the top five percent of all Michigan schools.