Response to Intervention Institute


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  • School Leaders’ Planning Checklist for Implementation of an Instructional Decision-Making Model

    “To do” list for administrators. Planning tool for campus leaders to identify needs and review campus response to intervention implementation.

  • Sample Literacy Blocks, K–5

    Examples of how to break up the literacy block across the reading components, writing, and small groups with centers for kindergarten to grade 5. Includes suggeted allotted time amounts and example activities for phonological awareness, phonics and word study, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, small-group instruction, and centers.

  • Literacy Center Ideas, K–5

    This resource provides sample literacy activities to use across grouping formats, including centers, for kindergarten to grade 5. It provides activity ideas across phonological awareness, phonics and word study, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing.

  • RTI Implementation

    Download the following resources to learn about the essential steps of response to intervention (RTI) implementation and how to answer parents' frequently asked questions about RTI. RTI Implementation Flowchart: Chart showing the essential steps and components for effective RTI implementation. RTI Implementation Flowchart Presentation (PDF of presentation):...

  • Daily Sample Lessons and Activities: Phonics, Word Study, and Word Recognition (K–5)

    Example of weekly schedule for phonics, word study, and word recognition activities in the whole group and small groups for kindergarten to grade 5. Shows different quick activities to use across a core literacy block.

  • Phonics (Spanish)

    Phonics (Spanish): Letter-Sound Activity/Center: Activity and materials for developing students’ letter-sound knowledge. All materials are in Spanish. Can be used in teacher-led small groups or as a center/workstation. Phonics (Spanish): Recognizing and Classifying Letters Activity/Center: Activity and materials for developing students’ automatic letter...

  • Observation Tools

    Observation Tool: Core Content Area/Tier 1: Observation tool to be used in collecting data about Tier 1 instruction. Can be used in conducting an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. Observation Tool: Differentiated Instruction: Walkthrough observation tool to use when looking for differentiation, including within instructional delivery, grouping, use...

  • 3-Tier Reading Model Action Plan

    Use the 3-Tier Reading Model Action Plan template to develop your campus action plan. The instructions describe how to use the action plan template. The action plan guide provides a list of questions to consider when completing your campus action plan. Guiding Questions: Questions...

  • Comprehension (Spanish)

    Use the following materials to support reading comprehension instruction in Spanish Comprehension (Spanish): Asking When and Where Questions Comprehension lesson teaching students to ask questions during and after reading an expository text. All materials are in Spanish. Comprehension (Spanish): Asking Why Questions Comprehension lesson teaching students to...

  • Phonological Awareness (Spanish)

    Use the following materials to support phonological awareness instruction in Spanish: Phonological Awareness (Spanish): Counting Syllables Activity/Center Phonological awareness activity that teaches students to identify syllables in words. Includes chart, number cards, and word cards in Spanish. Phonological Awareness (Spanish): Ending Sounds Activity/Center Phonological awareness activity that...

  • Instructional Walkthrough Tools

    Explicit Systematic Instruction Walkthrough Tool This checklist helps an observer focus on elements of explicit instruction during short classroom walkthroughs. Use it to gather data to give educators feedback or to identify and summarize grade-level professional development to improve instruction. Instructional Grouping Walkthrough Tool This tool helps observers note how...

  • Parent Notification Checklists and Sample Letters

    This resource provides highlights of SB 1153 Parent's Rights to Information Regarding the Provision of Assistance for Learning Difficulties to the Parent's Child along with an Annual Notice Checklist and a Checklist for Specific Notice to Parents of a Child Receiving...

  • Features of Effective Instruction

    Implementation of effective instructional practices supports student learning. Components of effective instruction apply to all levels of instruction, including core content area instruction (Tier I) and intervention instruction (Tiers II & III). Explore the Features of Effective Instruction presentation to learn about four components of an effective lesson:...

  • Collaborative Instructional Logs

    Used to promote communication between teachers and interventionists, the Collaborative Instructional Logs also document a student’s response to intervention over time. Each of the three logs is now available both as a PDF document and as an interactive template. With the interactive template, you are able to...

  • Collaborating for the Success of Students in Foster Care

    Presentation given at the March 2015 workshop to promote the success of students in foster care

  • Building RTI Capacity in Texas: Challenges and Opportunities

    PowerPoint with an outline of problems campuses often face when implementing response to intervention and how successful implementers have dealt with those problems

  • Academic Vocabulary in the ELAR and Mathematics TEKS: A Teacher Resource

    These three booklets—kindergarten to grade 2, grades 3–5, and grades 6–8—are resources for classroom teachers in Texas. Words included were selected from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills to identify vocabulary that will help students learn content and skills represented on statewide assessments. Comprehensive...

  • Tier 3 Instruction Within a Response to Intervention Framework

    This booklet describes the critical components of response to intervention and reading and math instruction observed in Tier 3 intervention groups.

  • Website Links to Evidence-Based Resources for RTI and MTSS

    Included are websites that address the needs of elementary and secondary students, counselors, administrators, and parents in relation to response to intervention (RTI) and multitiered systems of support. These websites feature the most current research and knowledge of effective instructional practices.

  • Transition Planning for Students in Foster Care who are Receiving Special Education Services

    This online module focuses on how to facilitate transition assessment and planning for students in foster care who are receiving special education services. In Texas, both the education and child welfare systems conduct transition planning for students who are receiving special education. This presentation is to help clarify who...

  • Using Research to Inform Literacy Instruction: What Do We Know About “Balanced” Literacy?

    Online professional development module addressing the question: “What Do We Know About “Balanced” Literacy?” It is the third (and final) of our professional development series on using research to inform literacy instruction. Within this series, we respond to questions educators frequently ask when planning...

  • Using Research to Inform Literacy Instruction: How Should We Teach Students to Read Unknown Words?

    This online professional development module addresses the following questions: Should I teach students to use semantics and syntax to read words they don’t know? Should I teach students to guess a word based on pictures, context, and/or the first letter of the word? ...

  • Sound-Spelling Chart

    This instructional resource supports students' phonemic awareness, decoding, and spelling. It provides the most common spelling patterns for English sounds on a chart that students can use during instruction and practice. The resource also lists tips for how teachers can use the chart. For more information and...

  • Progress-Monitoring Line Graph

    This Excel file contains three worksheets. The first two show examples of students’ oral reading fluency progress-monitoring data charted in the line graph. The third worksheet can be used to chart any student progress-monitoring data. Users can copy this worksheet multiple times within the file to create charts...

  • Student Survey for Middle and High Schools

    Secondary campus administrators can use this survey to gauge students' perceptions of the teaching and learning at their school. The survey contains 15 Likert-type items and 3 open-ended questions to which students can respond. For more information and to download the document, visit the Building RTI Capacity website.

  • Example Assessment Plan, PK–12

    This document is an example of reading and math screening assessments that can be used across prekindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. The assessments listed on the chart can be used at the beginning of the year, middle of the year, and end of the year. Additionally, many of them have diagnostic...

  • RTI in the Common Core Classroom: A Framework for Instruction and Assessment

    Schools and teachers have struggled to integrate the Common Core State Standards into their local response to intervention (RTI) systems. This book offers a framework and tips to assist educatiors charged with making this connection in schools, districts, and classrooms for English language arts. 

  • To Wait in Tier 1 or Intervene Immediately: A Randomized Experiment Examining First-Grade Response to Intervention in Reading

    This randomized controlled experiment compared the efficacy of two response to intervention (RTI) models—typical RTI and dynamic RTI—and included 34 first-grade classrooms (n = 522 students) across 10 socioeconomically and culturally diverse schools. Typical RTI was designed to follow the two-stage RTI decision rules that wait to assess...

  • Selecting a Research-Based Intervention

    This professional development module describes a step-by-step process that campus teams can use to select a research-based intervention that matches students’ needs. You will be introduced to Selecting a Research-Based Intervention, a free tool that documents the process. You will learn how to (1) use your students’ data to...

  • Response to Intervention: Straight Talk for Parents

    This booklet for parents is about response to intervention (RTI). RTI is an approach for teaching your child. The booklet explains RTI. Once you understand it, you can find out how your school uses it to teach your child. This booklet also includes resources you can use to learn more...

  • Meta-Analyses of the Effects of Tier 2 Type Reading Interventions in Grades K–3

    This meta-analysis extends previous work on extensive Tier 3 type reading interventions (Wanzek & Vaughn, 2007; Wanzek et al., 2013) to Tier 2 type interventions by examining a nonoverlapping set of studies addressing the effects of less extensive reading interventions for students with or at risk for reading difficulties in kindergarten to grade 3....

  • Using Research to Inform Literacy Instruction: Do Children Learn to Read Naturally?

    "Using Research to Inform Literacy Instruction: Do Children Learn to Read Naturally?" is an online module that addresses the question: “I think that learning to read is like learning to speak. It's developed through a process that all children naturally go through. Isn't this...

  • Secondary RTI: Providing Instruction in Teacher-led Small Groups

    Secondary RTI: Providing Instruction in Teacher-led Small Groups is a series of three modules intended for teachers, principals, education service center personnel, and anyone interested in learning more about implementing small groups at the secondary level. The first module in the series, Secondary RTI: Providing Instruction in...

  • Instructional Decision-Making Procedures: Ensuring Appropriate Instruction for Struggling Students In Grades K–12

    Revised in 2014 to reflect changes in federal and state legislation and again in 2019 to reflect updated standards, this guide provides campus-based administrators and educators with procedures for ensuring appropriate instruction for students struggling with reading, mathematics, and behavior, and for students who are English language learners. Educators and...

  • Secondary RTI: Promoting Teacher Leadership

    The Secondary RTI: Promoting Teacher Leadership module provides background information on, and research related to, the importance of promoting teacher leadership when implementing response to intervention (RTI). The module builds on previous knowledge of basic RTI concepts and includes videos with specific ideas and advice from...

  • 3-Tier Reading Model Reading Intervention: Tier II

    This video demonstrates an effective Tier II reading intervention.

  • Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in Secondary Classrooms

    The Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in Secondary Classrooms module examines challenges that adolescent English language learners face in content-area classes and discusses evidence-based strategies and tools to support their learning. By viewing this module, you will also have the option of accessing a certificate for one...

  • Selecting an Intervention to Meet Students’ Needs: A “How-to” Resource for Educators

    Choosing research- or evidence-based interventions is critical; use this resource when seeking intervention programs proven to close the knowledge gaps of students struggling with learning. Selecting an Intervention to Meet Students' Needs: A "How-to" Resource for Educators

  • Effects of a Response-Based, Tiered Framework for Intervening With Struggling Readers in Middle School

    This study addressed the effects of multiyear, response-based, tiered intervention for struggling readers in grades 6–8. A sample of 768 sixth-grade students with reading difficulties was randomized to a response-based, tiered-intervention condition or “business as usual,” and initial treatment status was maintained over the 3-year study. To estimate the...

  • Designing and Delivering Intensive Interventions: A Teacher’s Toolkit

    This toolkit provides activities and resources to assist practitioners in designing and delivering intensive interventions in reading and mathematics for K–12 students with significant learning difficulties and disabilities. Grounded in research, this toolkit is based on the Center on Instruction’s Intensive Interventions for...

  • Comprehension Strategy for During Reading: Get the Gist

    This brief presentation demonstrates a comprehension strategy, get the gist, used during reading. http://buildingrti.utexas.org/videos/comprehension-strategy-get-gist

  • Comprehension Strategy for During Reading: Mental Imagery

    This brief presentation demonstrates a comprehension strategy, mental imagery, used during reading. http://buildingrti.utexas.org/podcasts/comprehension-strategy-during-reading-mental-imagery-strategy-secondary-students

  • Comprehension Strategy for Before Reading: Making Predictions

    This brief presentation demonstrates a comprehension strategy, making predictions using book covers or photographs, used before reading.  http://buildingrti.utexas.org/podcasts/comprehension-strategy-reading-making-predictions-strategy-secondary-students

  • Comprehension Strategy for Before Reading: Activating Prior Knowledge

    This brief presentation demonstrates a comprehension strategy, activating prior knowledge with anticipation guides, used before reading. http://buildingrti.utexas.org/podcasts/comprehension-strategy-reading-activating-prior-knowledge-strategy-secondary-students

  • Using Collaborative Instructional Logs (RTI) Information to Develop an Individual Transition Plan

    Bell, Pamela. "Using Collaborative Instructional Logs (RTI) Information to Develop an Individual Transition Plan." Texas Transition Conference. Sheraton Hotel, Austin, TX.  February 21, 2013. Conference Presentation.

  • RTI and the Role of Student Evaluation Personnel

    Bell, Pamela. "RTI and the Role of Student Evaluation Personnel." Learning Disabilities Association of America 50th Annual International Conference. Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio, TX.  February 15, 2013. Conference Presentation.

  • Lessons Learned from Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation

    Walker, Kathleen. "Lessons Learned from Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation." Learning Disabilities Association of America 50th Annual International Conference. Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio, TX.  February 16, 2013. Conference Presentation.

  • Alternative Approaches for the Reading Difficulties of Spanish-Speaking Children

    Pallais, Desirée and Walker, Kathleen. "Alternative Approaches for the Reading Difficulties of Spanish-Speaking Children." Learning Disabilities Association of America 50th Annual International Conference. Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio, TX.  February 15, 2013. Conference Presentation.

  • Managing RTI Campus Data - Monitoring Effectiveness of Intervention

    Walker, Kathleen and Pallais, Desirée."Managing RTI Campus Data - Monitoring Effectiveness of Intervention." Learning Disabilities Association of America 50th Annual International Conference. Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio, TX.  February 14, 2013. Conference Presentation.

  • A Resource for Student Evaluation Personnel in Schools Implementing Response to Intervention

    Developed in 2011 with funding from the Texas Education Agency, A Resource for Student Evaluation Personnel in Schools Implementing Response to Intervention is for student evaluation personnel (educational diagnosticians, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, remedial reading teachers, and other specialists) who collect, analyze, and report information to committees making instructional decisions. It...

  • Building Capacity for Response to Intervention (RtI) Implementation Project

    This project is part of the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) within the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the project’s goal is to build capacity for Texas schools to implement Response to Intervention (Rtl)...

  • On the Verge of a Breakthrough: Using RTI to Build Our Remediation Evidence Base

    Distinguished Lecture Series (November 2008) Chris Skinner: On the Verge of a Breakthrough: Using RTI to Build Our Remediation Evidence Base

  • Differentiated Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Students

    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (March 2010) Desirée Pallais, Kathleen Walker: Differentiated Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Students

  • Campus Data Management Tool: Supporting Response to Intervention Implementation

    Walker, Kathleen, Bell, Pamela, and Pallais, Desirée. "Campus Data Management Tool: Supporting Response to Intervention Implementation." ASCD. Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.  March 27, 2011. Conference Presentation.

  • Resource for Monitoring Campus RtI Implementation

    Bell, Pamela, Pallais, Desirée and Walker, Kathleen. "Resource for Monitoring Campus RtI Implementation." Council for Learning Disabilities. Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX. October 28, 2011. Conference Presentation.

  • Response to Intervention: Managing Intervention Data Effectively

    Bell, Pamela, Walker, Kathleen and Pallais, Desirée. "Response to Intervention: Managing Intervention Data Effectively." Learning Disabilities Association of America 49th Annual International Conference. Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL.  February 24, 2012. Conference Presentation.

  • Reading Support for Spanish-Speaking Students in Elementary Classrooms

    This module examines the impact of language and language-acquisition processes on the reading development of Spanish-speaking English language learners in elementary classrooms. View this video on the Building Capacity for Response to Intervention (RtI) Project Website: http://buildingrti.utexas.org/online-modules/reading-support-spanish-speaking-students-elementary-classrooms

  • Implementing RTI: Practices and Perspectives of Five Schools

    Council for Exceptional Children (April 2010) Kathryn Tackett: Implementing RTI: Practices and Perspectives of Five Schools

  • The Impact of RTI on Special Education: An Observation Study

    Council for Exceptional Children (April 2010) Diane Pedrotty Bryant, Steve Ciullo, Michael Solis, Elizabeth Swanson, Sharon Vaughn: The Impact of RTI on Special Education: An Observation Study

  • RTI Implementation Among Special Educators: An Observation Study

    Pacific Coast Research Conference (February 2011) Michael Solis, Elizabeth Swanson, Steve Ciullo, Diane Bryant: RTI Implementation Among Special Educators: An Observation Study

  • Data-Based Instructional Supports for Bilingual Students

    International Dyslexia Association (October 2012) Desirée Pallais: Data-Based Instructional Supports for Bilingual Students

  • RTI and the Evaluation of Students With Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)

    Council for Learning Disabilities (October 2012) Pamela Bell: RTI and the Evaluation of Students With Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)

  • Implementing RTI at the High School Level

    Brown Bag (May 2010) Meghan Coleman: Implementing RTI at the High School Level

  • Campus Needs Assessment Tools

    Developed in 2010 with funding from the Texas Education Agency, these Campus Needs Assessment Tools are used by campuses to help identify perceived needs and develop a plan for improving instruction in reading or math, or for improving behavior outcomes in students. For both reading and math, the users rate their...

  • Using Data to Differentiate Intervention Instruction: A Middle School Example

    This module focuses on typical challenges facing middle school students who struggle with reading, as well as a process for using assessment data to design targeted intervention instruction. It includes an example of differentiation within an intervention class in middle school and provides additional resources to support educators. http://buildingrti...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Collaborating to Support Student Success

    This presentation focuses on how educators can collaborate to improve student outcomes and strengthen instruction for students within an RTI framework. http://buildingrti.utexas.org/online-modules/closing-achievement-gap-collaborating-support-student-success

  • Conversations With Dr. Sharon Vaughn

    Sharon Vaughn, H.E. Hartfelder/Southland Corp. Regents Chair, is the Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research has contributed substantially to what we know about effective, tiered interventions that can prevent learning difficulties in students. Recently her...

  • Using RTI Information to Develop IEPs for Students With Specific Learning Disabilities

    This module identifies key IDEA concepts related to the use of RTI in identifying students with disabilities, links these RTI concepts to IDEA requirements for developing an IEP; and then applies this information. Users consider data for fictional students, and explore use of a tool designed for teacher communication and...

  • Finding Time: Building Schedules to Implement RTI

    This module is for teachers, grade level teams, and campus leadership teams in elementary schools implementing RTI. It explores answers to the questions, “How do we find the time for the interventions that students need to close learning gaps?” and “When do teachers find time to collaborate...

  • Intensive Interventions for Students Struggling in Reading and Mathematics: A Practice Guide

  • Building Capacity for RTI Presentation: Campus Data Management Tool

    Three staff members of the Building Capacity for RTI Project presented on their Campus Data Management Tool in March 2011 at the ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in San Francisco, California. ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show (March 2011) Kathleen Walker, Pamela Bell, Desirée Pallais: Campus Data Management...

  • Evidence-Based Strategies for Reading Instruction of Older Students With LD or At Risk for LD

    Over a quarter of 8th-grade students and more than one-third of 4th graders do not read well enough to understand important concepts and acquire new knowledge from grade-level text. For students with learning disabilities, the numbers are more troubling. This article describes features of evidence-based instruction for students who continue...