In Local District 4, instruction is at the forefront of everything we do.
RtI2: It Doesn't Tell You What to Think. It Tells You What to Think About.
As education leaders, we all have similar aspirations: We want our teachers to be effective; we want our students to excel; and we want our schools to be known for high-quality intstruction, assessments to determine whether instruction is working and effective interventions for students who need something more.
Many instructional practices are known to be effective. How does a school select those that are the best match for the students and their unique needs? How does a school use its resources to provide additional instruction for students who are not successful in typical instruction? How does a school make decisions about the changing needs of students?
Response to intervention helps principals answer these questions by providing a framework for organizing instruction in schools using research-validated procedures and decision-making structures. The framework includes periodic assessments to determine which students need help and whether what is being done for them is effective, differentiated instruction and on-going data-based decision making.
RtI doesn't tell you what to think. It tells you what to think about.