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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: Make Organizing Decisions

Guideline: Response to intervention (RTI) is a complex process. Its implementation may involve modifying a district's approach to instruction. District and school leaders need to be cognizant of how vision, skills, incentives, resources, and action plans work together to bring about sustainable change necessary to launch RTI successfully.



Developing an RTI Guidance Document

This Center on Response to Intervention document provides guidance on creating a guidance document explaining the core components of RTI for a state, district, or school. The document includes templates which may be helpful to states, districts, or schools in developing such a document.


How Does RTI Differ from Previous Approaches to Intervention?

This Center on Response to Intervention video discussed how RTI differs from previous approaches to intervention. The presenter explains how RTI is a preventive framework supporting intervention rather than serving as a pre-referral approach. Understanding RTI's intent is essential to make the applicable organizing decisions to implement RTI successfully. This video runs five minutes, and a transcript is provided.

If I Were a Leader in a District...

This link to a Center on Response to Intervention video explores the top three things district leaders should consider when implementing RTI. This video runs five minutes, and a transcript is provided.



Create Your Implementation Blueprint: Avoiding Implementation Pitfalls

This RTI Action Network article explores eleven pitfalls to avoid when planning RTI implementation. This list may be helpful when making appropriate organizing decisions associated with implementing RTI.

Get Started

This link to the RTI Action Network provides resources to assist with a successful implementation of RTI at the school level. The resources may be helpful when making appropriate organizing decisions associated with implementing RTI.

Response to Intervention: Blueprints for Implementation

This document provides the National Association of State Directors of Special Education Blueprints for Implementation at the district and school levels.