Response to Intervention

What should I do if I have concerns about my child’s progress in school?

    • Talk with your child’s teacher
    • Ask for a parent conference at the school
    • Ask for suggestions of things that you can do at home to support the interventions that your child is getting in the classroom
    • Let the school know if there are things happening outside of school that may be affecting your child’s progress in school (so that we can all work together to support your child)

What is RTI?
“The Response to Intervention (RTI) process is a multi-tiered approach to providing services and interventions to ALL learners at increasing levels of intensity. The process can be used for making decisions about general, remedial, and special education, creating a well-integrated and seamless system of instruction that is guided by student outcome data…”

Essential Elements of RTI:

    • Providing scientific, research-based instruction and interventions to all students
    • Monitoring and measuring student progress in response to the instruction and interventions
    • Using these measures to shape instruction and to make educational decisions

RTI is not:

    • A “quick-fix”
    • A way to remove the student from a classroom
    • A particular person, place or program referral
    • A special education service or plan/gateway to special education

Whittier’s RTI team:

    • Debra Woodrum – Facilitator
    • Amy Teilborg – Admin Designee
    • Julie Hovis-Diaz – Records Keeper
    • Richard Schaefer – Data Collector
    • Vanessa Edwards – Psychologist
    • Julie Robbins – Social Worker
    • Megan Bickert – Special Education Specialist
    • Regan Wurth – Speech Therapist
    • Norma Talamante – Parent Engagement Liaison
    • All teachers – case managers

To contact any RTI team members visit the Staff page under the About tab.

Examples of Whittier Tier 1 interventions:

    • Good Teaching strategies
    • Standards-based core curriculum
    • Classroom Management/ Behavior Expectation Plans

Examples of Whittier Tier 2 interventions:

    • Data-tested computer based learning programs
    • Math and reading group Interventions
    • Group counseling services

Examples of Whittier Tier 3 interventions:

  • Individualized Behavior Plans
  • Check in/Check out system
  • Individual Counseling Sessions
  • Data-tested computer based learning programs with individualized assistance plans