NEA Senior Policy Analyst on Special and Gifted Education
Imagine this: You are a fifth-grade general-education classroom teacher with 25 students. On a weekly basis, you are able to determine how every student is progressing, which ones need additional instructional time and support, and which ones are ready to move ahead. You meet regularly with school colleagues to discuss alternative strategies that you can use in your classroom to meet the needs of every student. Special-education teachers and specialists are available to work with small groups in your classroom and individualized instruction is provided to those students in your class who have identified disabilities.
Does this situation already exist in your school? If so, maybe it's because your district or school has implemented a well-defined and effective Response to Intervention (RTI) process.