Congratulations on your new middle school position. I am not familiar with RTI so in my research I found RTI--Response to Intervention. Hopefully, I am on the right track. I located a web site that appears to have some helpful information http://www.interventioncentral.org/index.php/home. There is also an RTI action network for middle school instructors available on the web at http://www.rtinetwork.org/middle-school.
Thinkfinity.org has eleven partners with a variety of resources t hat focus on student needs in specific grade levels and subject areas. From the gold navigation bar on Thinkfinity.org, you can click on the tab In the Classroom and view a search engine designed to locate resources by keywords or refined by type, grade, subject area, and partner. Numerous online interactives provided by these partners provide good motivational hands-on resources. They are indexed at Student Interactives. Another wonderful resource is the Literacy Network which provides classroom strategies, teaching techniques, tips for helping students learn to read and succeed, tools for assessment, and planning strategies. As you browse through Thinkfinity resources and partner sites, I think you will find a wealth of material for RTI.
Hopefully, some RTI coaches will also respond and give you first-hand information.
Best wishes for a great school year,
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I worked for several years in a school cooperative that hosted the Minnesota Response to Intervention Center. The grant-funded resource was "closed" about a year ago, but they still have a web presence with some good information about RTI. Here is the link to that organization's web page as well as an additional national link to go with Lynne's suggestions (also good resources!). Good luck with your new assignment and let me know if I can be of further assistance!
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This summer I attended an RTI institute by Solution Tree. They did a really great job and present at major cities in the US and Canada. Maybe they have something in your area. They also have a two day workshop on RTI that I plan to attend. I understand it has more application and "hands-on" work time. The book they use is Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don't Learn.
Hope you find what you need.
Mindsteps has a presentation entitled, "Differentiated Instruction and RTI" dealing with how to incorporate differentiation as a Tier 2 intervention. The website is www.mindstepsinc.com
Best of luck in your new position!
Tina Hayley, Literacy Coach
Oregon RtI has a WEALTH of information that you could access...Tigard-Tualatin has a secondary handbook, forms, lots of information that they have developed, along with the University of Oregon - Great stuff! University of Minnesota - Matt Burns - ALSO a wonderful source of info - you have a direct link in one of the responses above to one of their schools - best publication I've seen on secondary RtI is from Burns: Implementing Response-to-Intervention in Elementary and Secondary Schools.
We have begun the process about 3 years ago...here are some of the resources we use in our county.
I just finished an on-line course that was pretty detailed. I attached a few resources to help. The key element is to be able to minimize the amount of children entering SPED programs. As a special education teacher, I believe too many are placed in these programs for the wroong resons. My state offers this training on-line through our district. Hope it helps!