Monday, April 30, 2012

Response to Intervention at Our School-Updated

Here at Lake Myra Elementary School, we have been implementing RTI for three years.  We were a brand new school when we opened our doors three years ago for the first time, so we feel we had a unique opportunity to get RTI off the ground by designing and weaving RTI into the other systems and structures already in place within our school district like PLT's, Digging Deeper Assessments & AIMSweb. The RTI forms and structures we have put in place may not work with you and your district, but they may help you in some way.  Although we use AIMSweb for universal screening and progress monitoring (AIMSweb was born out of Dibels - for the most part, same CBM's and PM probes) we also use some of the reading comprehension passages from http://www.easycbm.com/. The one document that we created last year really helped everyone understand the process of taking a child through RTI--it is a "training wheels" document called the Otter Talk form (some schools call it Kid Talk)--once a teacher has mastered using this form and understands all the fields, they were ready to begin progress monitoring online using the Caseload Manager wizard in Aimsweb.  Below is a screenshot of an Otter Talk Form for 2nd Grade in Reading.


Below is a short video I narrated to explain some of the recording keeping and data notebooks kept by teachers in the RTI process.  Some teachers prefer to keep their progress monitoring data in hard copy form and never switch to progress monitoring online. This video may help you see one teacher's record keeping.


The digging deeper assessments we use to find foundational areas of need are:
Letter/Sound ID
 P.A.S.T. (Phonological Awareness Skills Test)
Early Names Test
Names Test
High Frequency Word List
Running Record - Oral Reading & Oral Retelling

In the past, I've shared the RTI documents by LMES by asking you to email me...but this has gotten difficult to manage. I don't mind sharing these documents with you, your school and your school's RTI team, but I have created a different way to manage the document requests. Below is a Google Doc, complete the information to request a link to a Dropbox account to all the RTI Documents created by LMES.  These documents are licensed under Creative Commons, so if you re-use or re-mix them, please give proper attribution.

Here's an analogy for you: Dropbox : Internet : : My Documents : Your Device 

It's like a jump drive in the sky IF you choose to download the free Dropbox software, which I highly recommend if file sharing with yourself is important. You can also download it for free on as many devices as you have still with only one account.  I can log in to Dropbox from my iPhone, my iPad, my school laptop and my home laptop.  I don't work for Dropbox but it's slicker than Google Docs for file sharing.



Also, IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Once you request a link below to the "RTI Documents by LMES" shared folder, you have the same access to the folder as I do. Good thing is, you can share the link then with other teacher friends in your building, which I don't mind you doing.  You can also download all the documents in the folder which I don't mind you doing, however BE CAREFUL, the delete button is right next to the download button and unfortunately, this has happened before.  Please be a good digital steward of this file, these documents, and this Dropbox folder.



19 comments:

  1. How do you do your intervention time? Last year my district set aside an additional 30 minutes on top of the 90 for RTI. We end up having students go to groups based on their need from state assessments (comprehension, fluency, decoding, and enrichment). For the most part we don't teach our own students during that time but because there is 8 of us teachers and no one extra to help we end up having large groups (which is not effective for intervention). Any ideas???

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    1. I'm on the site about 2 years after your question was posted and curiously enough ... I basically had the same exact question. 150 kids in our grade level with 7 teachers and 1 hour a day set aside for RtI. We have no extra personnel to assist so either 1 teacher takes about 5 intensive kids while another teacher gets 45 kids or we reshuffle our kids based on need, but still, every teacher has about 22 kids. Neither way seems effective to me. I also wondering how your RtI time is structured.

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  2. I would love to see the other RTI documents. I will send you an email shortly!! Thank you!

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  3. Great post! It gave me a lot of ideas.
    Where is your email address posted?

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  4. Hi, we've been trying to implement RTI and we've run into some bumps. I loved your YouTube video. Wish I could show it in a staff meeting but YouTube is blocked! I would love the links to your RTI documentation/paperwork! Thanks so much!


    Love your website too!

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  5. Thank you so much for this informative video explaining your documentation. We use the easy CBM and successmaker as documentation at our school as well as comparing reading test each week with the class average. The binders would really help at our school. Are you an R.T.I. coach?

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    1. That is not my official title but yes I am the RTI go-to person since I am one of four individuals that designed the RTI systems and structures at our school, from the inception of our school opening three years ago. I will speaking on RTI at LMES next year at the NC Reading Conference in March '13.

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  6. I would really love to see your documents. We are really working hard to get an effective RTI system in place, and we are also writing intervention plans for students who are struggling and not in the "official" RtI process. Thank you for sharing this with us. I have followed you on Pinterest since I became a member. I really appreciate all you have shared. So much information. I will email soon.

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    1. Sure, I will be uploading all the RTI documents to my TpT store for free in a couple weeks. Follow Me there and you will get an email notification when that is uploaded. My TpT store address is www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jen-Jones-hello-Literacy

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  7. Thank you! Your website is helpful even for those of us who teach higher grades. Thank you for sharing all your valuable resources.

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  8. AnonymousJuly 14, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am the RTI coordinator at my school and am always looking for strategies/ideas to share with my teachers!

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  9. You are amazing! We are transitioning to Common Core over the next 2 years, and I'm a little unsure of the paperwork!
    Thanks so much!!!

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  10. AnonymousJuly 26, 2012

    The information & video were extremely helpful. Being a sped teacher, having systematic documentation is critical. Thank you for taking the time!

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  11. Ok so I realized when I asked my previous question I didn't really ask what I was trying to...lol. I was really wondering what types of forms your Kindergarten teachers use for their record keeping?

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  12. AnonymousJuly 31, 2012

    These are all great forms!Thanks for sharing. How do you work completing these interventions with the students into your day? Do the teachers meet as a group at all to discuss what interventions they use to see what works best?

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    1. When intereventions are taught at our school will be included in the RTI bundle I'm uploading soon (for free) to TpT. If you 'Follow Me' there, you will get an email notification when I've uploaded it. www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jen-Jones-hello-Literacy

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  13. Hey! Love all the info that you have shared. RTI is a work in progress at our school. Our biggest challenge seems to be in the area of math and interventions that could be set. We also use AIMS to screen our students. Do you have any resources that you guys use for math interventions that you could share?

    Thanks for any help!!
    Allison

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    1. We struggle with math interventions too.

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