Your school met the state deadline for implementing Response to Intervention. As a classroom teacher, you are using a variety of differentiated instructional and assessment strategies. Universal screening and progress monitoring tools are in place. You are using the resulting data to guide your instruction and to determine which students need Tier 2 interventions. You know that in order to be effective, those interventions must not be “more of the same,” since the strategies you used in your Tier 1 classroom did not work for these students. Your challenge is to meet the needs of each Tier 2 student while maintaining the instructional integrity of your general education classroom.
If the above scenario sounds familiar, your school is probably in the second phase of RTI implementation. (See below for a suggested time line for RTI implementation.) You and your colleagues have progressed beyond the “basics” and are no doubt looking for ways to take the design and implementation of Tier 2 interventions to the next level.
To do this, consider the following two questions:
- How can I design effective Tier 2 interventions?
- How can I differentiate targeted interventions to meet the needs of each of my Tier 2 students?