W. Richard Smith

The Leadership Team and Intervention Team - Who are They? What do they do?

The Leadership Team and Intervention Team: Who Are They? What Do They Do?

Categories: RTI

Based on Best Practices at Tier 3, Elementary

“Can you help us? We have been to a lot of training sessions, and we think we know what needs to be done to implement RTI, but we’re not sure what the leadership and the intervention teams are supposed to do and who should be on these teams. Are they sounding boards, or do they actually make decisions?” Read more

Buy-In or Commitment: Where Is Your Staff?


This entry by W. Richard Smith and Paula Rogers is the first of a two-part series exploring collective staff responsibility, commitments in team work, and the organizational structures of leadership and intervention teams.

In writing our recently published book, Best Practices at Tier 3, Elementary, we explored and worked to provide practical steps in the implementation of Tier 3 of response to intervention (RTI) at the elementary level. 

As we conducted our research and began to formulate the book, we repeatedly saw the absolute need for school staff to move from “buy-in” to establishing collective commitments. Commitment from a staff was evidenced over and over as a critical element to the successful implementation and sustaining of both a professional learning community (PLC) and all tiers of RTI. Read more