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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: Establish Problem Solving Process

Guideline: Using a structured problem solving process enhances the solutions to address student learning issues. This task provides resources on having a problem solving process.



Creative Thinking Tools - The Six Thinking Hats

Individual group members often have divergent viewpoints. Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats is a system fostering collaboration, increased productivity, creativity and innovation. The concept enables participants in a discussion to move from the traditional argumentative approach to a collaborative process and fosters a more productive dialog. The document provides an overview of the tool and additional resources about it.

Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle

This link to the American Society for Quality website offers information on the plan-do-check-act cycle.

Practical Tips


Problem Solving Process

This link is to a sample five-step problem solving process used by the Escambia County (Florida) School District, which includes Pensacola. As noted in the document's first paragraph, this is a "process that focuses on the learner's current skills or level of functioning and then designs interventions to assist the student in learning."


Answering Questions That Count

This article from ASCD's Educational Leadership publication explores questions that should be addressed when analyzing student data.

Making Sense of All Your Data

This ERIC archive references a NASSP article from the October 2006 issue of Principal Leadership identifies three aspects of effective data use. Principal Leadership is a publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Turf Issues

Individual group members often have divergent viewpoints. Turf issues can arise between group members and groups within a school, district or community. This document offers a basic guide for addressing turf issues when they arise.