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Core Component 8: Staff Development

The state and national Web resources, below, represent four overlapping categories: 1. Blueprints for Implementation; 2. Comprehensive Professional Development Resources 3. Secondary Schools Focus; 4.Social Communities.

Comprehensive Professional Development Web Sites
The following Web sites provide an abundance of resources for stake holders to start and continue the process of implementing RtI2 in their learning environments.

  1. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Partnership's Collaborative Work on Response to Intervention External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides a comprehensive collection of materials and resources on RtI approach and processes; includes a glossary, collections on beginning, intermediate, advanced, emerging, and practice, and Dialogue Guides for discussions. The Partnership is a collaboration of 51 organizations united to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.
  2. The IRIS Center External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides extensive professional learning modules on several RtI topics, resources for special education inclusion, scientifically validated and evidence-based instructional strategies. Modules can be accessed individually or with facilitated groups; funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (ED). 
  3. National Center on Intensive Intervention External link opens in new window or tab.
    Supporting educators in using data-based individualization to effectively implement intensive interventions in reading, mathematics, and behavior in Grades K–12 (2011) Includes: webinars, reviewed tool charts, videos of experts, and implementation support. Funded by OSEP, ED.
  4. NCRTI (RTI4Success) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides technical assistance to states and districts to build the capacity in implementing proven RtI models; funded by OSEP, ED.
  5. The National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD) External link opens in new window or tab.
    NRCLD's goal is to help educators, policymakers, and parents understand the complexity and importance of making sound decisions regarding whether a child has a specific learning disability. Funded by OSEP, ED.

RTI Action Network
Dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) in school districts nationwide. Program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, funded by the Cisco Foundation in partnership with national education associations and RtI experts. The following quick links are examples of their varied and relevant resources:

  1. Beliefs Survey External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
  2. Checklist of Processes External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
  3. Critical Components Checklist External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC)
  4. Data Analysis for Instructional Decision Making: Team Process Script External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC)
  5. Federal Funding to Support Response to Intervention, and RtI and ARRA External link opens in new window or tab.
  6. Intervention Documentation External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
  7. Introduction to RtI: Short Overview External link opens in new window or tab.
  8. Perception of RTI Skills Survey External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
  9. RTI Action Network Planning Forms and Checklists External link opens in new window or tab.
  10. RtI Leadership That Works External link opens in new window or tab.
  11. Sample RTI Implementation Timetable for Elementary Building External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
  12. Problem Solving Checklist External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC)

RTI Action Network’s Create Your Implementation Blueprint:

  1. Introduction, Stage 1, Stage 2 and Avoiding Pitfalls External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides steps for initial exploration, such as team development, gathering information about what is already in place, evaluating technical needs, and advice on how to avoid common missteps.
  2. Stages 3 and 4: Implement Your Plan External link opens in new window or tab.
    Offers information about the stages schools go through as they begin to change their processes and tips to help implementers anticipate and resolve issues that will arise.
  3. Stages 5 and 6 Evaluate and Refine Implementation External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides ways to gather evidence of how well the model is being implemented and how to use this information to improve the professional development process.

Secondary Schools Focus
Historically, RtI started in elementary schools. Because of its effectiveness, it is fast spreading to middle and high school settings. Below are shared resources and wisdom from these experiences.

  1. Building a Master Schedule to Facilitate RTI External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides answers to common questions about building workable master schedules with the flexibility to respond to student needs at both elementary and secondary school levels. Facilitated by Leslie Van Kleek and Steven Vandemark (Podcast, transcript 2010) National Center for Learning Disabilities.
  2. Implementing Response to Intervention--Russell Middle School in Colorado Springs External link opens in new window or tab.
    Discusses the successes, challenges, and critical RTI issues like scheduling, team problem solving, and student involvement. Featuring Colorado Principal Jeanice Swift and her staff. (YouTube; 10 min.).
  3. Resources for RTI at the Secondary Level External link opens in new window or tab.
    Highlights online resources that can be used to plan and implement RTI at the secondary level Webinar (22 min.) transcript, PowerPoint, handout. National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI).
  4. RTI at the Secondary Level External link opens in new window or tab.
    Addresses key concerns of implementing RTI in secondary schools in this introduction. By Jay Engeln, National Secondary School Principal of the Year, 2008. (YouTube; 3 min.).
  5. RTI Implementation Processes for Middle School External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides guidance to practitioners at the school, district, and state levels based on the implementation activities of middle school practitioners across the country (PDF 20 pp.) National Center on Response to Intervention.
  6. RTI Scheduling Processes for Middle School External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides specific suggestions for secondary schools based on several case studies. (NCRTI) (PDF 14 pp.).
  7. Tiered Interventions in High Schools: Using Preliminary 'Lessons Learned' to Guide Ongoing Discussion External link opens in new window or tab.
    Shares solutions on topics commonly encountered by secondary school staff implementing RtI. By The National High School Center and NCRTI, operated by American Institutes for Research. (PDF 45 pp.).

RtI2 Social Communities
According to Education Week, social media is becoming more popular with some teachers as a delivery model for professional development, Social Media Feeds Freewheeling Professional Development External link opens in new window or tab. , Established RtI2 social media communities are provided for pursuing this avenue, below.

NCRTI Interactive Communities:

  1. Ask the Experts External link opens in new window or tab.
  2. High School Tiered Intervention Online Community of Practice External link opens in new window or tab.
  3. NCRTI Communication Live Chat External link opens in new window or tab.
  4. NCRTI Newsletter, High School Tiered Interventions Online Community of Practice External link opens in new window or tab.
RtI Action Network Communities:
  1. Ask the Experts External link opens in new window or tab.
  2. Discussion Boards External link opens in new window or tab.
  3. Newsletter External link opens in new window or tab.
  4. RTI Blog External link opens in new window or tab.
  5. Thought Leaders Network External link opens in new window or tab.
  6. Voices from the Field External link opens in new window or tab.
Questions: Phyllis Hallam | phallam@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-4630 
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