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Core Component 8: Staff Development

The state and national Web resources cover key categories for implementing multi-tiered systems of support, including comprehensive professional learning resources, blueprints for implementation and a secondary schools focus.

The first section of Web sites provide multiple resources for all stake holders in the process of implementing MTSS and RtI2 in their learning environments, while the second section focuses on secondary school contexts.

  1. Center on Response to Intervention (RTI4Success) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides technical assistance to states and districts to build the capacity for implementing proven tiered intervention frameworks; funded by Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (ED).

  2. Introduction to Data-Based Individualization (DBI): Considerations for Implementation in Academics and Behavior External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides three professional learning modules focused on implementing intensive interventions to help students with severe and persistent learning needs. DBI is a research-based process for individualizing validated interventions through the systematic use of assessment data to determine when and how to intensify intervention. Two case studies, one academic and one behavioral, are used to illustrate the process and highlight considerations for implementation. National Center on Intensive Intervention, OSEP, ED.

  3. The IRIS Center External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides extensive professional learning modules on several MTSS topics, including evidence-based instructional strategies. Modules can be accessed individually or with facilitated groups. Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, OSEP, ED.

  4. Multi-tiered System of Supports External link opens in new window or tab.
    A comprehensive Framework for Implementing the California Common Core State Standards. Provides guidance on how to integrate supports and structures into instruction to systematically address barriers to access and opportunity and support the learning of all students. The module provides an overview of MTSS as a framework for designing and organizing system-wide resources, strategies, and practices when implementing the CA CCSS for English Language Arts and literacy. (2014) California Department of Education.

  5. National Center on Intensive Intervention External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides extensive support for educators using data-based individualization to effectively implement intensive interventions in reading, mathematics, and behavior in kindergarten through grade twelve. Includes: webinars, reviewed tool charts, videos of experts, and implementation support. (2012) OSEP, ED.
Secondary Schools Focus

The following Web sites present professional learning resources with a secondary-school emphasis.

  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. High School Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides resources for implementing RtI at the high school level, including planning guidance, behavior and data-based decision making information, intervention examples, and adaptations for diversity. RTI Action Network, National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).

  3. 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.).

  4. Middle School Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides resources for implementing RtI at the middles school level, including planning guidance, behavior and data-based decision making information, intervention examples, and adaptations for diversity. RTI Action Network, NCLD.

  5. 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 minutes).

  6. Secondary Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides a collection of resource links on implementing RtI at middle and high schools, including essential components, scheduling processes, parent guide sample, progress monitoring examples, and FAQs, in a variety of media formats, including Webinars. Center on Response to Intervention, American Institutes for Research.

Questions: Phyllis Hallam | phallam@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-4630 
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