An efficient way to merge differentiated instruction and RTI
Collecting, processing, and using assessment data to form instruction for each student can be overwhelming-especially with so much diversity in the classroom. Help is here, with this hands-on guide that brings together the two leading approaches to teaching students of varying abilities: Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI) and differentiated instruction (DI). Written in a practical, "how-to" format, this book gives middle school teachers strategies for adapting assessments, curriculum, and instruction to student abilities. Key topics include:
- Differences and similarities between RTI and DI
- Data analysis for effective instructional decision making
- Strategies for applying RTI and DI to all students, including English learners, children with special needs, and high-ability students
Focused on user-friendly strategies for the classroom rather than school systems, this helpful guide includes lesson plans, case studies, examples, rubrics, and teacher reflection exercises. Streamline your instruction with this winning combination and watch student achievement soar!
Jodi O'Meara is a curriculum specialist for students with special needs and a professional developer for educators and administrators. She has presented at state, national and international conferences. With over 15 years experience as a teacher and administrator of general education, special education and gifted education, she recognizes the diverse needs of students and teachers. Additionally, she is a certified life skills coach and provides guidance for leadership in business and education through her own company, Body and Mind Coaching and Consulting. O'Meara specializes in professional development in the areas of differentiated instruction for students with special needs as well as students identified as gifted. She has also been involved with related projects and presentations such as Response to Intervention. She was a co-writer of the Frameworks for Gifted Learners for the state of Florida as well as the Access Points which align standards for students with significant disabilities to general education standards. She is a former president of the Florida Association for Gifted and is on the Board of Directors for the Family Network on Disabilities in her local area. O'Meara believes that teachers can change the lives of people more effectively than any other professionals. She is strongly committed to supporting teachers in efforts to inspire their students.
Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction Part I 1. Principles of RTI and Implications in the Classroom 2. Principles of DI and Implications in the Classroom 3. The Merging of DI and RTI Part II 4. Tier 1 - Curriculum and Instruction 5. Tier 1 - Assessment 6. Tier 1 - The Environment Part III 7. Tier 2 - Instruction and Differentiation 8. Tier 2 - Assessment and Problem Solving 9. Tier 3 - Instruction, Assessment, and Problem Solving 10. The Problem-Solving Team Resources References Index