Response to Intervention
You've heard all about RTI. Now let us give you a hand bringing the right kind of intervention into the classroom.
It's crucial to figure out how your students are responding to intervention strategies. Before moving students between tiers of intervention, make sure you’re using the right kind of intervention. According to the RTI Action Network, effective methods of intervention include these four components:
High-quality, scientifically based classroom instruction
The entire curriculum of Imagine Learning English is founded in scientifically based research.
Carolyn Denton, of the Children's Learning Institute, identifies five "overriding research-supported characteristics of effective instruction for students with reading difficulties":
- Teach essential skills and strategies.
- Provide differentiated instruction.
- Provide explicit and systematic instruction with lots of practice.
- Provide opportunities to apply skills and strategies in reading and writing meaningful text (with teacher support).
- Be sure students learn critical content—monitor student progress regularly and reteach as necessary.
Imagine Learning English uses all of these methods in an environment with engaging art, music, video, and games.
Ongoing student assessment, both individually and in comparison with the peer group
One of the hardest parts of applying an RTI framework is continually assessing students' response in terms of achievement and growth.
Imagine Learning English conducts student-friendly assessments throughout the program, and it reports scores in Individual reports and a Class Summary report.
Since performance is reported the instant a student completes an assessment activity, teachers and RTI administrators can retrieve up-to-the-minute status reports on their students' response to intervention.
Imagine Learning English makes it easy to communicate with parents by providing regular printouts in each student’s home language.
Printouts detail student accomplishments with reminders to practice and review important skills.
Each skill is listed and translated, so parents will be able to help their children review and practice.
Tiered instruction refers to the intensity of instruction devoted to a student in order to improve learning outcomes.
In classrooms, it specifically applies to whether a student receives instruction as part of a class (Tier 1), a small group (Tier 2), or individually (Tier 3).
Students' academic success determines whether or not they move from tier to tier. Students in any tier will benefit from Imagine Learning English.
It's likely that giving a Tier 1 student Imagine Learning English would eliminate the need to switch to Tier 2 or 3.
The type of instruction delivered by Imagine Learning English imitates that offered at Tier 3, with one-on-one instruction, immediate feedback, and automatic differentiation of instruction.
Imagine Learning English, a computer program that tutors students in English language and literacy, is the right kind of intervention for students at any tier of the RTI framework. Click any of the components above to find out how Imagine Learning English matches up.
Download the white paper How Imagine Learning English Supports Response to Intervention.