Wednesday, January 25, 2012


What research, resources, and ideas for best practices in student interventions might principals want to explore further?


  1. The state of Florida has a great site specifically for RTI. You can find forms, graphs, power points, etc. for teachers / parents / community.

  2. I liked the article "Reinventing adolescent literacy in new times..." by E. Moje et al. I found the article on Google Scholar. It gives specific ideas about creating a better literacy classroom for margin readers in order to prevent the need for interventions. Kim Garrett

  3. Math:
    A+Learning Grades 9-12
    BoxerMath Grades 9-12
    Cognitive Tutor Grades 9-12
    Mathematics Navigator Grades 9-10

    Academy of Reading Grades 9-12
    Be A Better Reader, 8th Edition Grades 9-10
    Classworks Grade 9
    Reading Plus 9-12

  4. Intervention Central is great for the use of smaller scale interventions. It has interventions for academic as well as behavior. It has a wealth of ideas for free then they offer workshops and resources for purchase. This site is from Jim Knights work with Response to Intervention.

  5. The RTI Action Network has resources for interventions in grades 9-12 and has information for families about RTI as well. High school students do not have the benefit of reading instruction as a separate class at my school. It is also difficult to find diagnostic tests for high school students. Most of these tests go up to the 8th grade. We use STAR reading, but I'm not sure how accurate it is. We are looking at LEXIA as a diagnostic program with an intervention component. If anyone uses this I would like to talk to you about it.

  6. Technology Resources-
    Reading and Math
    Reading and Math

  7. M. Hutton
    Find website on Success Maker Enterprise: we use this Success Maker for our students going through the RTI process. The program differentiates for the individual student. This site says it is a researched based program, it's comprehensive, and interactive. Our student like the program and complete math and reading every day. The program is for k 8 students. Reports are available on -line, we use the culminating reports. Individual reports can be printed telling the educator the areas of difficulty, Educators can use this to determine what specific skills the student has not picked up. Then place the student on a short version to work just on that specific skill.

  8. Behavior Intervention

    Union CAMS had 1200 office referrals in one year during the 2008-2009 school year. The staff worked together to identify a proactive way to help students adopt a behavior replacement to reduce office referrals and increase the amount of time spent in the classroom environment.

    The staff agreed to spend federal dollars on additional training. They adopted the Stop and Think Method and they also adopted a Body Compatible Brain Research model to improve teacher relationships with students while students built capacity. Every student took a learning style inventory test and teachers were able to link learning styles to classroom behavior.

    Parents attended the training sessions to glean additional ideas which could be implemented at home. Parents wanted to support the measures taken at school to have a shorter implementation phase or the positive behavior replacement.

    Teachers are now allowing students to remove themselves from their learning communities. Students have a stop watch and they are allowed ten minutes free of teacher questions and peer interaction. Research says it takes ten minutes for a child to retool or deescalate.

    Other students who are tactile learners are allowed to leave the learning community, but they walk to the Alternative Learning Room for ten minutes to deescalate. Allowing these students to walk gives them the additional scaffold they need deescalate and return to class.

    Before the student leaves the class, the teacher has a private conversation and they identify behavior replacements that would have been more appropriate. The end result is the student takes ownership of his/her actions, they learn how to replace the behavior, and the student does not lose two days of instructional time due to a traditional Alternative Learning Assignment.

    Did this work: The discipline referrals were reduced from 1,200 students to 286 students. Sixty-five of the referrals happened on the bus; not in the classroom environment. Student achievement in at-risk students (students who were known discipline) experienced a double digit gain in literacy and math.

    1. Very interesting. Thank you! Worth looking into especially for those 3% of students that tend to need something different than the normal rules, regulations and procedures.

  9. RTI Wire is a great comprehensive site! You will find 5 areas with resources under each step. The five areas are: Understand the model
    Use teams to problem solve
    Select the write intervention
    Monitor student progress
    Graph Data for visual analysis

  10. M. Hutton
    Found a few Science Intervention sites as well:Educational
    Intervetions to Advance Children's scientific Thinking:

    Google search: Seeking Ideas for Interventions, The Personal Learning Network for Educators, the educator's PLN

    Google search: Glossary of Instructional Strategies and methods A TO Z

  11. Khan Academy is an excellent intervention tool for a lot of high school subjects. The videos demonstrate task analysis of several skills at different levels. Best of all it helps students, but the icing on top is that it is free.

  12. I am exploring options for a math intervention for RtI for my elementary school. I found a great website to use in guiding a principal and staff to ask the correct questions. It is a resource provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathmatics.


  13. Ms. Karen Steen at Heritage High School in Rogers shared this APP with me that can help principals deal with issues related to student during RTI conferences. It provides you recommended strategies and to use when working with parents or committee based upon the nature of the students problem. It is called


  14. I am exploring "Do The Math" as a possible intervention program for my elementary. The research that I have had the opportunity to read show this as an effective program. I have requested sample materials.
    The programs focuses on number and operations, number sense, and problem solving.


  15. I have a fifth grade student who really needs a behavior intevention plan so I find this is very timely for me. I found a site called the Behavior Card Maker on RTI which the teacher and I will use to help her become successful.

  16. Please check out It seems to be an excellent resource.

  17. We just started using the Achieve 3000 program which provides a grade level text about a specific subject for the specific reading level of each student in the class. The teachers choose the subject for the class. The questions over the article are also based on each student's reading level. This is a computer based program where each student's reading level is tested. The articles can be printed out. This is our first year at BHS to begin using this program. The articles can be used by literacy or social studies teachers and includes a lot of non-fiction.

  18. Amanda Whitehead

    This website from NCTM offers great resources on all aspects of math intervention. Resources are on theory as well as practice at all levels from primary to adult learners.

  19. I am working on ways to increase and effectively use student voice in elementary classrooms. ERIC ID: ED440049, Date: 1991-11-00, Author: Kordalewski, John - Incorporating Student Voice into Teaching Practices.

  20. Lillie Randall Four Square Writing
    This was good info for action research. Some of the results not good, but it also gave the reasons for why not. It talks about the P.D. used and its effectiveness. Pretty interesting.

    Burst Reading

  22. We have been working with the Burst program this year to make gains in the area of literacy. We could not wait to see the growth in our students from the beginning of the year to the middle of the year. We were able to hire certified teachers as paraprofessionals to assist with the new program.

  23. Recently, our RTI team has worked to revise our RTI plan. For next year, we will be training our staff on our new RTI Implementation Guide and intervention/enrichment strategies/practices. After visiting with a MPI Phase 3 graduate whose school has similar demographics, our team investigated Guided Reading Plus as a tool for intervention. We have order training and implementation resources to support this enhancement to our RTI. We are also researching universal screeners and intervention programs for math. We have met with Pearson and are looking at FOCUS Math. Have any of you used this program? All of our teachers have been trained in CGI. We want to make sure we chose something that not only aligns to CCSS but to the philosophy of CGI. If any of you have suggestions, please post.

    Candie Watts
    MPI Year 1
    Mayflower Elementary

  24. MAP/RIT Score aligned online interventions:



    They correlate with the DesCartes continuum on the NWEA reports site.


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