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RTI
A Practitioner's Guide to Implementing Response to Intervention

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November 2007 | 168 pages | Corwin

"Mellard and Johnson not only help us understand what RTI is and why we need it, they go the next step and tell us how to make it happen."
—Joseph Jenkins, Professor of Special Education
University of Washington

"This is a richly informative book on a most important and timely topic to hundreds of thousands of practitioners, parents, and policy makers."
—Doug Fuchs, Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development
Vanderbilt University

The nuts-and-bolts handbook for implementing RTI schoolwide!

Written by leading special education researchers with the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities and the University of Kansas, this comprehensive yet accessible reference provides administrators with practical guidelines for launching RTI in their schools. Highlighting the powerful role that RTI can play in prevention, early intervention, and determining eligibility for special services, the authors cover the three tiers of RTI, schoolwide screening, progress monitoring, and changes in school structures and individual staff roles. The text includes:

  • Site-based examples and student case studies
  • A discussion of the challenges to successful implementation
  • A section on frequently asked questions

RTI: A Practitioner's Guide to Implementing Response to Intervention is an invaluable resource that helps administrators increase the likelihood of success for students at risk and meet the requirements of NCLB, Reading First, and the reauthorization of IDEA 2004.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction: What Is RTI?
RTI as a Three-Tiered Model  
Purposes of RTI  
Research Support for RTI  
Summary  
References  
 
2. RTI in the Context of Policy Initiatives
Policy Coherence, Professional Learning Communities, and the Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle  
Key Elements of NCLB 2001  
Key Elements of Reading First  
Key Provisions of IDEA 2004  
Summary  
References  
 
3. Schoolwide Screening
Definitions and Features  
Implementation  
Changing Structures and Roles  
Challenges to Implementation  
Screening in Practice  
Summary  
Resources  
References  
 
4. Progress Monitoring
Definitions and Features  
Implementation  
Changing Structures and Roles  
Challenges to Implementation  
Progress Monitoring in Practice  
Summary  
Resources  
References  
 
5. Tier 1: General Education
Definitions and Features  
Implementation  
Changing Structures and Roles  
Challenges to Implementation  
Summary  
Resources  
References  
 
6. Tier 2: Intervention
Definitions and Features  
Implementation  
Changing Structures and Roles  
Challenges to Implementation  
Summary  
Resources  
References  
 
7. Tier 3: Special Education
Definitions and Features  
Implementation  
Changing Structures and Roles  
Challenges to Implementation  
Tiered Service Delivery in Practice  
Summary  
Resources  
References  
 
8. Fidelity of Implementation
Definitions and Features  
Implementation  
Changing Structures and Roles  
Challenges to Implementation  
Summary  
Resources  
References  
 
9. Conclusion
Frequently Asked Questions About RTI  
Conclusion  
References  
 
Index

"This is a richly informative book on a most important and timely topic to hundreds of thousands of practitioners, parents, and policy makers."

Doug Fuchs, Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development
Vanderbilt University

"Mellard and Johnson not only help us understand what RTI is and why we need it, they go the next step and tell us how to make it happen."

Joseph Jenkins, Professor of Special Education
University of Washington

"There is an absolute need for a practitioner-focused book on Response to Intervention. RTI is an increasingly frequent feature of major policy initiatives as well as a major aspect of the growing body of best practices in instruction, assessment, and addressing students’ special needs."

Karen L. Tichy, Associate Superintendent for Instruction
Catholic Education Office, Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO

"A must-have for every principal, central office administrator, and classroom instructional leader. The book will benefit both the building principal and the central office administrator by giving them a much better understanding of what RTI is, how it will operate within the building, and how the program will effect the district’s overall student achievement. Classroom teachers, especially those who are involved in the operation/implementation of an RTI program in their building, will gain an in-depth understanding of the RTI process and will see firsthand how to implement the program with the awareness of potential stumbling blocks such as progress monitoring of student data."

Principal Magazine, September/October 2008

Sample Materials & Chapters

Mellard Chapter 1

Mellard Chapter 5

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