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Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

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October 2012 | 160 pages | Corwin
Response to Intervention: A Practical Guide for Every Teacher shows general and special education teachers how to use research-based interventions effectively to individualize instruction, monitor individual student progress, and implement strategies to meet the specific needs of the students. Today's teachers' roles and responsibilities have been transformed by NCLB and the reauthorization of IDEA in order to benefit many children who are challenged by their academic content. Prompted by several legislative measures, response to intervention (RTI) provides strategies for documenting the existence or non-existence of a learning disability. All educators will become involved in implementation of programs to demonstrate how students respond on an individual basis to various educational interventionsùmost often in the general education classroom. This resource is intended as a practical guide to assist teachers with the challenge of what, for many, will be a new instructional procedure. Offering vignettes, examples, and forms based on the problem-solving and standards-based approach to RTI, this practical guide gives teachers the basic and necessary steps to successfully provide their students with a fair and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
Preface: An Open Letter to Educators
About the Authors
About the Contributors
1. Response to Intervention
2. Implementation of a Standard Treatment Protocol RTI
3. Implementation of a Problem-Solving RTI
4. Implementing RTI to Meet the Needs of All Learners
5. Will RTI Work? Ongoing Questions
Appendix A. RTI Needs Assessment

Appendix B. The Georgia Pyramid of Intervention

Appendix C. RTI Summary Forms

Appendix D. Where Do General Educators Find the Time to Do RTI?

Appendix E. Resources for RTI Interventions

Appendix F. Using Response to Intervention for Inappropriate Behaviors


"Of the many RTI materials published today, this one is user friendly and so much broader in scope. Written in clear and understandable yet professional language, this excellent book is appropriate for all K–12 educators and administrators."

Carla Osberg, Program Specialist
Special Populations Office, Nebraska Department of Education

"The book presents a nice combination of research and practice."

Jennifer Doolittle, Special Education Specialist
U.S. Department of Education

"Straightforward presentation on a hot topic."

Carol H. McClain, Special Populations Management Team
Nebraska Department of Education

"Offers a unique organization of key concepts and addresses current implementation issues with integrity. The strategies, suggestions, and tips contribute to the overall 'reader-friendliness' of the book. The comparison/contrast of the problem-solving and standard treatment protocol approaches is well written and provides the reader information with which to determine the best approach for his or her students, school, or district."

Linda Palenchar, Coordinator
Office of Special Education, West Virginia Department of Education

"A fine recommendation for any teacher who would incorporate RTI into the classroom."

California Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

William N. Bender

Learn more about William Bender's PD offeringsConsulting Description: Differentiated InstructionConsulting Description: MathConsulting Description: Project-Based LearningConsulting Description: RTIConsulting Description: Technology  William N. Bender began his career by teaching eighth- and ninth-grade students in the public schools. He worked in higher education for 28 years and published over 60 research articles and 24 books in education. He specializes in instructional strategies for all students and is recognized as a national leader on instructional tactics, response to intervention, and differentiated instruction. Dr.... More About Author

Cara F. Shores

Cara Shores began her career as a special education teacher and taught children in both pullout and inclusive classrooms. Shores has trained thousands of teachers and administrators across the United States on practical strategies for inclusion, co-teaching, and increasing achievement for all students through differentiated instruction and RTI. She provides regional and national training for the Council for Exceptional Children. She is co-author of Response to Intervention: A Practical Guide for Every Teacher. Shores now serves as the president of Wesley Educational Services. She received her master’s degree and educational specialists’s... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412953863