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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: Learn About Current Research

Guideline: Though the existing research base on response to intervention (RTI) and English language learners is limited, understanding this research will provide practitioners with a foundation upon which to make future decisions regarding implementation of RTI with these students.



Response to Intervention and English Language Learners

This National Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners 2009 brief outlines the tiered structure of RTI and how it can be implemented for teaching English language learners who are having difficulty making academic progress.

Response to Intervention as a Culturally Responsive Framework

This National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems practitioner webpage reviews RTI within the context of diverse students.

Response to Intervention in Reading for English Language Learners

This RTI Action Network article discusses reading and RTI for English language learners.


Promising Research-based Practices in Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners

This link is to a June 2009 Center on instruction archived webinar reviewing the research base for working with English language learners in instruction and assessment. Links are provided to the webinar and the PowerPoint presentation. The webinar runs 53 minutes.