The U.S. Department of Education’s Doing What Works Web site has four Web-based learning modules on Response to Intervention in Elementary-Middle.
Screening and Progress Monitoring. Screen all students for potential math difficulties and monitor their progress.
- Listen to Dr. Anne Foegen explain why it's important to screen all students and how to set cut scores to identify students who need intervention.
- Listen in on a fifth grade data team meeting.
- Use a survey to determine teachers' needs for information about using data from assessments.
Math Content for Tier 2 and 3 Interventions. Focus math interventions on key topics: whole and rational numbers, word problems, and fact fluency.
- Listen to Dr. Sybilla Beckmann describe how to teach the structure of word problems.
- Use an observation tool to determine whether interventionists are using recommended teaching strategies.
- Download the "how to" description for conducting a teacher workshop on building fluency with facts.
Intentional Teaching. Interventionists should provide explicit instruction with special attention to using visual representations.
- Listen to Dr. Bradley Witzel describe what explicit instruction looks like in mathematics.
- Watch a middle school teacher demonstrate the concrete-to-abstract teaching sequence when teaching two-step equations.
- Watch an interventionist re-teach concepts when students become confused about place value.
RtI Implementation. A systemwide framework for RtI will ensure that tiered interventions are well-implemented.
- Listen to Dr. Dave Tilly describe how special education changes as a result of RtI.
- Learn from two principals about the role of the school principal in RtI.
- Borrow from district planning tools for tracking implementation of RtI and planning professional development.
- Plan a "data day" using information from the Heartland Institute.