Have you made school-wide behavior and academic adjustments that are missing the mark? If this is true, and you don’t have a current Response to Intervention Team (RTI) in place, it’s time to develop one. Launching an RTI team takes commitment, but it doesn’t have to wait until a new school year. Follow these steps to launch an RTI team now.
Have you made school-wide behavior and academic adjustments that are missing the mark? If this is true, and you don’t have a current Response to Intervention (RTI) Team in place, it’s time to develop one. Launching an RTI team takes commitment, but it doesn’t have to wait until a new school year. Follow these steps to launch an RTI team now.
Pick an RTI Leader to Implement the Plan
Ideally, one leader would manage RTI, but there can be other school professionals that hold this title until the school can prioritize an RTI Coordinator in the budget. Some schools have used social workers or assistant principals to manage this process.
The RTI leader establishes protocol, checks with all parties to ensure that the RTI process is used with fidelity and integrity, and consults with outside professionals to further develop the program.
Responsibilities a RTI leader include:
- Clarify the RTI process and protocol
- Orient RTI team by clarifying roles and responsibilities
- Train full staff on RTI process and procedures
- Develop schedule for and lead RTI meetings
- Set meeting agenda, take notes and follow up on action items
- Clarify data systems
- Organize screenings
- Analyze data
- Meet with RTI team members individually to monitor progress and give feedback
- Assess RTI trends and lead in problem solving
- Find academic, behavioral, social and emotional research- based interventions in conjunction with service providers and external experts
- Manage and develop interventionists
- Lead professional develop for interventionist
Develop an RTI Team With Clear Roles and Responsibilities
RTI teams meet routinely to assess student data and develop solutions for students that aren’t making growth. The team includes experts that bring a deep lens for problem solving in their particular field. RTI teams can include, but are not limited to the following members:
- General Education Teacher
- Qualified School Social Worker or Counselor
- RTI Coordinator
- School Administrator
- School Nurse
- School Psychologist
- Speech Therapist
Additionally, RTI teams seek input from other service providers and community influencers depending on student needs.
Set Up a RTI Meeting Calendar
Because many of the RTI team members have other responsibilities, the RTI leader should find a routine meeting time that works for all team members. The team should meet as often as necessary. Weekly to bi-weekly is standard, but if there is a low level of need, meeting monthly could suffice.
Meetings will need to be at least one hour long and should be built around a year long calendar that clarifies the purpose of meetings. Here is a sample calendar that outlines how meetings can be organized.
RTI teams can help schools have research-based responses to student needs. They are able to critically think about the students’ needs and apply research-based practices that will support growth. Pick a balance of leaders that can best reflect and support the needs of your school.There are already a handful of qualified individuals in the school that you can use to become more intentional about student support. Make a few revisions that will support an RTI team that helps your school reach its big goals.
Here at Kickboard, we have seen schools develop and improve Response to Intervention systems using our mobile app, web platform and professional development services. Subscribe to our blog to learn more about how to develop RTI processes and run efficient meetings that promote student growth.