'This timely and necessary information provides educators with scaffolded scenarios of Response to Intervention and differentiated instruction at the classroom level. Included are guiding questions for ensuring effective instructional practice so that students can achieve at their greatest potential!'-Shelby Robertson, Associate Director of Mathematics, University of Central Florida
'Elementary teachers can use this book confidently as a guide in the journey toward the implementation of RTI and differentiated instruction' - Ronda Gregg, Director of Special Services
Litchfield School District, NH
Teachers are expected to tailor instruction for diverse learners in their classrooms. While most educators are familiar with differentiated instruction, the principles and practices of Response to Intervention Instruction (RTI) are still emerging. This helpful guide examines the relationship between differentiated instruction and RTI through the eyes of the classroom teacher. Included are direct, clear, and practical strategies for simultaneously implementing DI and RTI that focus on classroom application rather than theory. Key topics include:
- How RTI and DI can work together
- How to analyze data as a basis for instruction
- How to apply RTI and DI to each individual student
Teachers will find in-class assessment strategies for placing students in correct RTI tiers, sample lessons, and troubleshooting tips-everything a teacher needs to effectively implement DI and RTI for enhanced student achievement.
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. RTI, Differentiated Instruction, and Their Marriage 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. Tier 1 RTI With Differentiated Instruction 4. Tier 1 - Curriculum and Instruction 5. Tier 1 - Assessment 6. Tier 1 - The Environment Part III. Tier 2, Tier 3, and the Problem-Solving Team 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