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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 4: See RTI in Action

Guideline: Examples of Response to Intervention (RTI) in action provide educators a basis for how the model is implemented. This task provides resources with such examples.



RTI: An Approach on the March

This Spotlight on Response to Intervention 2011 article by Education Week examines the roles RTI plays in boosting student achievement, guiding implementation of common core standards, and the related challenges of allocating funding to support district-wide implementation.

Tiered Instruction and Intervention in a Response-to-Intervention Model

This article at the RTI Action Network website reviews the concept of tiered instruction and intervention in RTI. The article is authored by Dr. Edward Shapiro of the Center for Promoting Research in Practice at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania). Teachers learning about RTI may find this article useful in understanding the concept of tiered instruction and interventions.

Using An RTI Framework to Support Students Affected By Trauma

This April 2013 paper by the  National Community of Practice on Collaborative School. Behavioral includes an Archived recording of webinar and PowerPoint slides discuss the affect of trauma and ongoing stress on students.


RTI Essential Components: Schoolwide, Multi-Level Prevention System

This link to a Center on Response to Intervention webinar reviews why schoolwide multi-level prevention systems are important within the RTI framework. The webinar runs 19 minutes. A transcript is available at the website.

RTI Webinars

This Center for Response to Intervention website provides archived RTI webinars.

Response to Intervention in PA-Project MP3

This YouTube video explains Pennsylvania's multi-tiered model of RTI. Though intended for Pennsylvania educators, the video provides a good overview of a three-tiered RTI model at work in an elementary school. The video was produced by the Center for Promoting Research to Practice at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. The video runs approximately 10 minutes.

Response to Intervention: Ensuring Achievement for All

This Research Institute on Progress Monitoringvideo reviews the core components of a three-tiered RTI model. The video runs approximately 16 minutes. Closed captioning is provided. The Research Institute on Progress Monitoring is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.