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Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8

Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8
Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

November 2012 | 152 pages | Corwin
Designed for practicing and preservice teachers and focused on strengthening literacy in both primary and secondary inclusion classrooms, this book emphasizes programming for generalization and maintenance of reading and writing skills.

Sheila Alber-Morgan presents empirically validated practices for teaching language arts such as guided notes, response cards, peer-mediated instruction, self-monitoring, direct instruction, curriculum-based measurement, and response to intervention. Readers will also find motivating activities for integrating language arts for enrichment or remediation.

Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8 is an ideal working tool that allows teachers to read about and immediately implement the author's instructional procedures for reading and writing in their own classrooms.

About the Author
1. Overview
Universal Design and Response to Intervention

Diverse Learners and Inclusive Classrooms

NCLB and Evidence-Based Practices

Special Education Law

RTI and Assessment

Curriculum-Based Measurement

RTI and Literacy Instruction

Explicit Instruction and Active Student Responding

Peer-Mediated Instruction

Integrating Language Arts

Programming for Generalization

Collaborative Teaching


2. Assessing for Intervention in Reading
RTI and CBM reading

CBM Reading Methods

Oral Reading Fluency

CBM Maze

CBM Early Reading

Vocabulary Matching

Miscue Analysis and Comprehension Checks

Authentic Assessment



3. Implementing Multi-Tiered Reading Instruction
Evidence-Based Practices

Reading Instruction: Tier 1

Reading Instruction: Tiers 2 & 3

Phonemic Awareness: Tier 1

Phonemic Awareness: Tiers 2 & 3

Alphabetics: Tier 1

Alphabetics: Tiers 2 & 3

Fluency: Tier 1

Fluency: Tiers 2 & 3

Vocabulary: Tier 1

Vocabulary: Tiers 2 & 3

Comprehension: Tier 1

Comprehension: Tiers 2 & 3



4. Assessing for Intervention in Writing
RTI and Writing Assessment

CBM Writing Measures

Managing CBM Writing

Writing Rubrics




5. Implementing Multi-Tiered Writing Instruction
Evidence-Based Practices

Handwriting Instruction: Tier 1

Handwriting Instruction: Tiers 2 & 3

Keyboarding Instruction

Spelling Instruction: Tier 1

Spelling Instruction: Tiers 2 & 3

Writing Process: Tier 1

Writing Process: Tiers 2 & 3

Computer Technology for Writing: Tier 1

Computer Technology for Writing: Tiers 2 & 3



6. Using Thematic Units to Integrate the Language Arts
Creating Thematic Units for Multi-Tiered Instruction

Selecting a Theme

Identifying and Obtaining Resources and Materials

Identifying Language Arts Skills

Planning Multi-Tiered Instruction


7. Programming for Generalization of Literacy Skills
Selecting Representative Teaching Examples

Making the Classroom Resemble Generalization Settings

Providing Students with a Means to Access Reinforcement

Arranging Ways to Transfer Skills to Different Settings

Training Students to Transfer Skills

8. Closing the Research to Practice Gap

"The author makes a significant contribution to establishing evidence-based and data-driven programs for diverse learners. The text provides a clear and comprehensive approach that can be used at all levels of teacher development, and serve as a primary text in teacher education courses. Alber-Morgan combines a thorough knowledge of progress monitoring using curriculum-based measurement (CBM) with summaries and illustrations of evidence-based practices in reading, writing, and learning subject matter content. The book is filled with useful references and many tables and figures that have practical application to daily practice."

Stanley L. Deno, Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota

"Sheila Alber-Morgan has written an information-rich book that teachers will find clearly written, interesting, and remarkably helpful for assessing and implementing literacy interventions in inclusive classrooms."

Richard M. Kubina Jr., Associate Professor of Special Education
The Pennsylvania State University

"In a small volume, Sheila Alber-Morgan addresses RTI in a much more comprehensive way than other texts. The book provides critical features of RTI across reading, writing, handwriting, and spelling. Each area is supported by strategies for assessment and multi-tiered instruction grounded in basic principles of applied behavior analysis, UDL, generalization, and inclusion. It is packed with practical information for each tier and many references for greater elaboration."

Nancy L. Cooke, Associate Professor of Special Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"By placing scientifically based assessment and instruction into the RTI context, the author offers readers an opportunity to select practices in accordance with student needs, their responsiveness to instruction, and existing federal and state mandates. The text comes with easy-to understand graphics, practical applications, and numerous instructional resources. This book can be used with preservice and inservice teachers and as a primary text in teacher education courses. The assessment and instructional strategies provided have strong empirical support that meets educators’ needs now and in years to come."

Larry Maheady, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
State University of New York, Fredonia

"Alber-Morgan clearly and concisely articulates the theoretical and empirical bases of RTI—an important and worthy achievement. For the classroom teacher, her book provides numerous assessment and instructional strategies for turning the great promise of RTI into reality for students. The book outlines five powerful strategies for increasing the likelihood that students will remember and later use the literacy skills they have learned. Each strategy for programming generalization is then fleshed out with specific examples at the tactical level."

William L. Heward, Professor Emeritus
The Ohio State University

Another professor taught this class during the fall term. Since I will be teaching it during the Fall 2012 term, I am still considering changing to this text.

Dr Nancy Burton
Education Dept, Concord University
January 13, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Overview

Sheila Alber-Morgan

Sheila Alber-Morgan has been an associate professor of special education at The Ohio State University since 2005. She was also a faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi for eight years. After teaching for several years in inclusive classrooms in both urban and rural South Carolina, Dr. Alber-Morgan began doctoral training at The Ohio State University and earned her Ph.D. in 1997. For the past 15 years, Dr. Alber-Morgan’s research has focused on examining the effects of various literacy interventions on the learning outcomes of elementary and secondary students with and without disabilities. Additionally, her research... More About Author

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