RTI

Why Should Teachers Differentiate? Five Compelling Reasons

Categories: Instruction, PLC, RTI

Differentiation is neither revolutionary nor something extra. It is simply teaching mindfully and with the intent to support the success of each human being for whom we accept professional responsibility.
David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson (Differentiation and the Brain, 2018, p. 10)

Successful educators have been differentiating instruction for centuries. Great teachers design learning experiences that respond to their students’ needs/readiness, interests, and learning preferences. Read more

Use RTI and PLC to support students' behavioral skills development

Are You Committed to Nurturing Students’ Behavioral Skills?

Categories: PLC, RTI

If your staff accepts that behavioral skills are as important as academic skills…

If your staff are truly committed to all students learning at high levels (and you recognize that needs in behavioral skills are preventing some students from meeting expectations) …

If your staff recognize that they’re the answer they’ve been waiting for when it comes to the teaching and learning of behavioral skills …

If you’ve “done” behavioral RTI before and want to do it better or revitalize your system of supports, then follow these six steps. Read more

Use the problem-solving model to determine the causes of student behavior and achievement.

Using the Problem-Solving Model

Categories: RTI, School Improvement

Based on the book An Educator’s Guide to Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

Imagine a situation where a student continually receives referrals from the commons area during lunchtime. How would you address this issue? Is it reflective of a schoolwide issue, or is it confined to just that student? To address such issues, schools can use the problem-solving model (PSM). The PSM is used to identify and solve issues that arise, whether they are systems-level issues or concerns with individual students. The PSM consists of four distinct steps. Read more

Literacy predicts student success more than good grades

Literacy Development in Primary Grades Is More Important than an A+

Categories: Assessment, Instruction, Literacy, RTI

Today, literacy skills can be linked directly to employment and earnings, which are ultimately linked to poverty, incarceration, and massive expenditures for welfare supports. Over the past half century, the world has been losing jobs designed for an economy needing low- or semiskilled workers. Our economy now demands a  more highly educated workforce. Read more