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January 09, 2009


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I am a special education teacher at the high school level. I am exploring ways to implement RTI at my high school with the goal of constructing an implementation guide for regular ed teachers at my school. About 56 % of my school's student population is latino with more than half not using English as a primary language. The school consists of large segments of other minorities. I view RTI as a practice that could result in the improvement of services for students who REALLY need special education services. With the emphasis on early intervention, where and how do we start at the high school level. Please share ideas.


I am a special education teacher at the middle school level. Four years ago we began experimenting with an RTI model at the middle school level. At this point we have a workable model that, although not perfect, has been able to help a number of kids who would have previously fallen through the cracks. Our district will begin to implement this program system wide next year.
The five questions in the article are precisely the questions that we have attempted to answer and to some degree we have although I would add the questions of staffing needs and development of Curriculum Based Measurements to the list. Please feel free to contact me with questions or ideas as we are still a work in progress. [email protected]

Daryl Mellard

Safiyyah comments about linguistic and other minorities remind me that one of the advantages of an RTI framework is that it helps us view RTI as a system effort, that is for all students not just students needing assistance. The IRIS center has just revised one of their modules that might be informative on this topic: Teachers at the Loom: Weaving Together Culture, Family, and Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students. The expanded and updated Cultural and Linguistic Differences: What Teachers Should Know is now available at the IRIS Web site: http://www.iriscenter.com/clde/chalcycle.htm
Also, I'll recommend some documents from the U. of Texas Center on Instruction regarding instruction for ELL.
Here are the titles:
INTERVENTIONS Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners

LARGE-SCALE ASSESSMENTSPractical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners

The point of my recommendations is to emphasis that a rigorous Tier 1 is a cornerstone for RTI.

Daryl Mellard

cgordon: Our RTI center is studying middle school implementation of RTI. I am wondering if one of our staff have contacted you about your school's participation. we're looking to identify schools that have implemented RTI and have student outcome data to suggest its effectiveness.


Thank you so much for your response and the references. I will certainly take the time to study it and perhaps later share my conclusions.I was really glad to discover this blog.

Shelley Joan Weiss

Dear Friends,

I am interested in knowing specific practices, and ongoing assessments that you have used with 7th and 8th graders to support RtI efforts. I'd like to connect with schools who feel they are successful.

Daryl Mellard

Here are two websites to review concerning progress monitoring. When you mention "on-going assessments," I assume that you are including progress monitoring.
The National Center on Student Progress Monitoring (http://www.studentprogress.org/) and the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring (http://www.progressmonitoring.net/) offer lists of progress-monitoring resources and publications.
Also, the Center on RTI (RTI4Success.org) has a technical review committee that is in the process of reviewing the technical adequacy of commercially available progress monitoring tools. The committee has just completed its first level review and is providing comments to the publishers to ensure that the information was still current. Their findings will be posted on the Center's website.
I don't have sites to recommend beyond what I mentioned in my posting yesterday (2-9-09). The research base is very narrow.


I am so excited to have found this blog. I teach special eduation at the high school level and need help with creating and understanding the RTI program. I know that I will find valuable information on this blog! Thanks.

Daryl Mellard

On Feb 9, I mentioned a second secondary school site with experience implementing RTI. I hope you understand that I'm not recommending their particular model but rather they seem to have worked out many of the challenges for a school's implementation. The contact information below is for staff at MN middle school. Carol Hokanson is a school psych and Paul Beggin is the "data guy" in the school. They are both great at describing the challenges and progress that they've made with their middle school RTI implementation.
Carol's email is [email protected] and her phone is 651-407-2260.
Paul's email is [email protected] and his phone is 651-407-2224.

Howard McMackin

Rolling Meadows HS was selected by the IL State Board of Education as its lighthouse high school for RTI. It empowers Professional Learning Teams (mostly course alike teams) with a unique data-driven curriculum assessment system so their teams can follow student's performance benchmark by benchmark for each standard. Since RMHS also uses ACT/College Readiness Stds., ACT also promotes the model in the midwest.

The PLTs are to build a capacity to bring 80% the team's students to mastery on each standard assigned to their course. The PLTs manage program improvement and the Tier 1 process. PLT leaders and administration build the school-wide Tier 2 intervetions and Early Intervention Teams design Tier 3 intervetnions. All teams follow a common problem solving model.

You can go to the website that is being built just for their model at empoweredhighschools.com or contact me: [email protected] or [email protected]

We would enjoy your interest, comments, and help. We very much want to be in regular contact with other schools. Thanks for reading. Howard

Susan Steinhauer

I propose schools implement Universal Design for Learning (Rose & Meyer, 2002) to assist teachers and ultimately students un the intended use of RTI.

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