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Core Component 5: Research-Based Interventions

Selected Web sites provide research-based intervention programs and tools created to support students achieve college and career readiness as defined by the Common Core State Standards.

The first resource section provides Web site collections of multiple interventions and tools screened through research or professional committees. The second section provides Web sites with targeted intervention resources.

Web sites with multiple resources on interventions:

  1. Academic Intervention Tools Chart External link opens in new window or tab.
    Presents the results of the review of mathematics, reading, and language arts intervention research studies by the Center's Technical Review Committee intervention programs. National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII), American Institutes for Research (AIR), U.S. Department of Education (ED).

  2. Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides multimedia resources and materials screened by an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) expert panel to help educators use RtI for the early detection, prevention, and support of students struggling with mathematics. Elementary Mathematics Specialists & Teacher Leaders Project. What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), Institute of Education Sciences (IES), ED.

  3. Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades External link opens in new window or tab.
    Offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. (2009) WWC, IES, ED.

  4. Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides information about current research, components of an RtI for preschool system, and resources, sample interventions, and presentations. University of Kansas.

  5. Center on Instruction External link opens in new window or tab.
    Identifies and provides links for students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive language arts instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English language learners. Resources include Practitioner Guides, professional learning modules, hands-on tools for teachers and leaders, examples from the field, and Common Core State Standards assessments. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, ED.

  6. Designing and Delivering Intensive Interventions: A Teacher's Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides research-based guidance, resources, and tools that reflect "best practices" for intensifying instruction in reading and mathematics for students with significant learning difficulties (Tier 3) in K-12. Center on Instruction.

  7. Implementing Intensive Intervention: Lessons Learned from the Field External link opens in new window or tab.
    Presents findings from an exploratory study of how five high-performing districts defined and implemented intensive interventions. (October 2013, 72 pp.) NCII.

  8. Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices External link opens in new window or tab.
    Presents strategies that educators can use to help secondary students increase comprehension, improve motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention. (2008) WWC, IES, ED.

  9. Intervention Central – RTI Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides teachers, schools, and districts with free resources to help struggling learners attain academic goals and to improve problem behaviors. Private, ad-sponsored Web site by Jim Wright.

  10. Instruction and Intervention: Resource Library External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides links to modules, instructional materials, research papers, videos, and guidelines to support implementing math and reading interventions in elementary school settings. The Meadows Center. University of Texas, Austin.

  11. Mathlanding External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides strategies and resources in a searchable format for teaching students struggling with mathematics designed with the elementary math specialist/coach/mentor and teacher in mind. Maryland Public Television and Thinkport.

  12. National Center on Intensive Intervention External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides educators with resources for instructing student with severe and persistent learning or behavioral needs, such as charts of reviewed tools, data-based individualization frameworks, practice guides, and professional learning modules. AIR, ED.

  13. PowerUp What Works External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides resources to help struggling students meet the Common Core State Standards, such as professional development modules, formative assessment strategies, Universal Design for Learning strategies, and comprehensive guides to technology-enhanced teaching and learning in English Language Arts and Math. AIR, the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST).

  14. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide: Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
    Contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth intervention programs that provides resources for school-based practitioners about what works. U.S. Department of Justice.

  15. Response to Intervention Resources for High School External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides resources useful in implementing the key components of RtI at the high school level: universal screening, high-quality instruction and intervention, progress monitoring, and the use of data to make instructional decisions. (2010) SEDL.

  16. Using Technology to Enhance RtI Implementation External link opens in new window or tab.
    Includes tables on technology-based reading interventions and progress monitoring tools. RTI Action Network.

Web sites with targeted resources on interventions:

  1. 21st Century Community Learning Centers and 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Programs
    Provide disadvantaged kindergarten through twelfth-grade students (particularly students who attend schools in need of improvement) with after-school academic enrichment opportunities and supportive services to help students meet state and local standards in core content areas. California Department of Education-administered, DE.

  2. Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides eight research-based guidelines for implementing a school or system wide intervention program. IES, DE.

  3. Branching Minds External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides Web-based tools to bring together research on learning and technology-based interventions to improve the way parents and teachers support struggling students. (2014) Incubator 4.0 Schools Fund.

  4. Intensive Interventions for Students Struggling in Reading and Mathematics: External link opens in new window or tab. On-line Module
    Provides research-based guidance for intensifying instruction in reading and mathematics for students with significant learning difficulties, including students with disabilities, in kindergarten through grade twelve.

  5. Improving Reading Outcomes for Students with or at Risk for Reading Disabilities: A Synthesis of the Contributions from the Institute of Education Sciences Research Centers External link opens in new window or tab.
    Describes what has been learned regarding the improvement of reading outcomes for children with or at risk for reading disabilities through research funded by the Institute of Education Sciences Research Centers and published in peer-reviewed outlets. (2011) National Center for Special Education Research.

  6. LearningWorks for Kids External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides free background information and reviews on apps and games for teaching students executive functioning skills, such as flexibility, academics, assistive technology, self-control, self-awareness, time management, focus, organization, and working memory. Fee-based for individualized services. (2011) LearningWorks for Kids, Inc.

  7. Misunderstood Minds External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides parents and teachers a better understanding of learning processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding, specifically in areas of attention, reading, writing and mathematics.

  8. School Scheduling Associates External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides many free scheduling tools and examples so that school’s Master Schedules allow flexibility for meeting the needs of all students, such as including Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) periods, which provide time for responsive intervention programs. Maryland Learning Links.

  9. What At-Risk Readers Need External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides research findings on what works and does not work for struggling readers in multi-tiered support systems (3 pp). Article by Richard Allington (2011) in Educational Leadership, reprinted in Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Questions: Phyllis Hallam | phallam@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-4630 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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