Develop a Plan

Develop a PlanImplementation of an RTI model requires specific resources; attempting implementation without first creating the infrastructure is futile. To assist you in developing a successful plan, George Batsche of the University of South Florida outlines the steps for building that infrastructure in "Develop a Plan." Read "Developing a Plan" »

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Process of designing instruction that is accessible by all students; UDL includes multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression, and multiple means of engagement; the focus in creation of UDL curricula is on technology and materials.

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Create Your Implementation Blueprint: Introduction

The idea of Response to Intervention (RTI) is simple. Yet, many schools all across this country are discovering that implementing RTI is far from simple. Discover common pitfalls to be avoided and the stages involved in successful implementation planning.

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Create Your Implementation Blueprint Stage 1: Exploration

Fixsen, Naoom, Blasé, and Wallace (2007) refer to Stage 1 as "exploration," and this stage begins with "pre-contemplation." Often one staff member learns about Response to Intervention (RTI) at a conference or in discussion with colleagues from another school. This one person could be a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a speech-language pathologist, or a school psychologist. What happens next is the initiation of the exploration stage, when a school begins gathering information about RTI to decide whether, or in what way, to implement it.

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Create Your Implementation Blueprint Stage 2: Installation

The installation stage starts when the decision is made to implement a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) approach, and it ends when the innovation process is first used. This stage is often referred to as the "start-up stage," when you develop your plan.

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Create Your Implementation Blueprint: Avoiding Implementation Pitfalls

Implementing a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) approach is a major undertaking. Even with careful planning and adequate buy-in, there are potential pitfalls that can hinder progress. Luckily, this is well-trod ground by now and the pitfalls, once you are aware of them, can be avoided.

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Federal Funding to Support Response to Intervention

There is no dispute that Response to Intervention (RTI) is a great idea, but it takes money, or funding, to make an idea into a plan. Limited resources create difficulty as Local Education Agencies (LEAs) work to build and maintain RTI infrastructures. The focus of this article will be the available avenues of funding for development and implementation of RTI.

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has been a primary topic of conversation for nearly every industry and organization since it was signed on February 17, 2009. The overall goals of the ARRA are to stimulate the economy in the short term and invest in a variety of areas, including education, to ensure the long-term economic health of the nation.

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Additional Resources

(pdf) School Schedules: A Unique Challenge for RTI »
(pdf) Response to Intervention at the Secondary Level: Two Districts’ Models of Implementation »

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