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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: Use Grade-Level and School-Wide Data Teams

Guideline:  Reviewing data is a team process involving teachers within a grade level or among groupings of grade levels within a building or a district. Success lies in teachers working with each other in a collaborative fashion to share practices, develop consensus on what to teach and work to enhance professional practice. This task provides resources on working as teams.


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Your Role on Data Analysis Teams

This Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network resource provides information for teachers on how to participate in data analysis teams. Though intended for Pennsylvania teachers, the content may be useful for teachers in other states.



Professional Learning Communities: What Are They And Why Are They Important?

This SEDL website provides an overview of professional learning communities.

The RTI Data Analysis Teaming Process

This RTI Action Network article, authored by Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Joseph F. Kovaleski, Megan Roble and Michelle Agne, explores a teaming process for data analysis.


RTI Team Building: Effective Collaboration and Data-Based Decision Making

This is a chapter excerpt from Guilford Publication's "RTI Team Building: Effective Collaboration and Data-Based Decision Making." This book is about the school teams that exist at the heart of the RTI implementation — teams that provide leadership, analyze student performance data and use data to make decisions impacting individual students, classrooms and schools. With this book, the authors aim to provide RTI team members and facilitators with practical strategies to promote effective team-based collaboration and data-based decision making.