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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: Implement Primary Prevention/Core Instruction
Guideline: Primary prevention, sometimes referred to as "core instruction" and often delivered in Tier 1 of a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework, is designed for all learners and is intended to meet the needs of approximately 80% of students. It is considered the "foundation" of the RTI framework. It is predicated on the use of universal screening (see Element X) and research-based, standards-aligned, core classroom instruction. It is important for educators to understand the role of primary prevention within the RTI framework and how to deliver instruction effectively to meet the learning needs of students.