During the summer of 2005, I recall helping my sister set up her fifth-grade classroom. A new school year was rapidly approaching in the central Illinois school district. We were discussing my role as an education consultant, now supporting educators in the areas of the professional learning community (PLC) process, assessment, and response to intervention (RTI). Her response: “Don’t talk to me about RTI; it’s a documentation nightmare! Read more
Effective RTI in the classroom can seem overwhelming at times. As a current school leader, practitioner, and associate for Solution Tree, I am afforded the wonderful opportunity to work with educators, schools, and districts around the country. I am continually inspired by the commitment of the educators I work with and their sincere desire to improve. As I’ve visited schools and districts, I’ve noticed a common comment that occasionally arises while intervening in the classroom, which I’d like to refer to as the “if only” dilemma. Read more
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
Common sense needs to be a common thread in education, and this applies to response to intervention (RTI) or multitiered systems of support (MTSS) as well.
One of the most frequent questions I receive related to RTI is, “What is an interventionist or intervention specialist?” Read more
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 …