SPDG: Response to Intervention (RtI)
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is committed to providing support and guidance regarding the effective implementation of a RtI model in order to improve educational outcomes for students throughout the state. A continuum of evidence-based, tiered interventions with increasing levels of intensity and duration is central to RtI. Collaborative educational decisions are based on data derived from frequent monitoring of student performance and rate of learning. To support this effort, the following work is being done:
- In 2009-2010, RtI Implementation Rubrics and supporting
materials were developed to support scaling up of effective
practices across the state through reflection on policies and
- CDE is partnered with the national RtI Action Network, which
provides resources for districts and schools and an RtI
leadership networking opportunity for education leaders.
- Technical Assistance Coordinators (TACs) provide locally
offered and hands-on professional development and support to
Administrative Units (AUs) across the state to build the
capacity of local teams that can sustain professional
development systems. In the fall of 2011, eight AUs were awarded
mini-grants, which included up to $10,000 and technical
- The Family-School Partnering Community of Practice has been
established through partnerships with several family/child
support organizations, school practitioners, and families.
Participating members explore the role evolutions of educational
stakeholders and reflect on practices, processes, and evaluation
related to RtI and PBIS.
- Videos are in the process of being developed to provide examples of best practices at the classroom, school and district levels. They will reflect a range of perspectives from expert practitioners on a variety of topics related to RtI and PBIS.
- The SPDG partnered with the national RtI Action Network, which offered multiple services: 1) provided resources on topics identified through the grant as priorities, 2) hired bloggers to write about topics requested by the SPDG RtI project coordinators, 3) conducted RtI talks on the network’s website, 4) solicited and posted success stories from Colorado, and 5) provided an RtI leadership networking opportunity for education leaders implementing RtI in Colorado.
Through collaboration, integrated training, and shared TAC support, CDE strives to support a comprehensive model that incorporates academics and behavior into a Multi Tier System of Supports framework.