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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: Identify Resources and Tools

guideline: While few resources exist on implementation of the response to intervention (RTI) framework for use with gifted learners, guidance on the use of some instructional practices does exist. Becoming knowledgeable about these effective practices is essential to implement RTI, tiered interventions, or any other educational initiative with gifted learners successfully. This task provides a few such resources.


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RTI for Gifted Students

This link to the October 2010 issue of National Center for Learning Disabilities Talk explores questions and answers associated with RTI for gifted students.



Differentiated Instruction

This link to the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials website offers an overview of differentiated instruction.

National Association for Gifted Children

As noted at its website, "The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences."

Response to Intervention and Gifted and Talented Education

This link to a 2009 Montana Office of Public Instruction document focuses on RTI and gifted learners. Though intended for Montana educators, its content may be useful to educators in other states when adapting RTI for use with gifted learners. The document identifies tools that might be useful with gifted learners.