The RTI Leadership Team: A District Vehicle for Oversight and Planning
Schools should expect that RTI will take several years to fully implement (Burns & Riley-Tillman, 2009), that this initiative will include a sizable number of components, and that it will impact instruction and behavior management across the entire building.
Because of its complexity and large scope, RTI requires careful planning. It is therefore recommended as the first step in RTI implementation that a district-level team—referred to hereafter as the ‘RTI Leadership Team’—be created.
- gauging the school’s level of ‘RTI Readiness’.
- assessing possible staff reluctance or resistance to RTI.
- educating stakeholders in the school community about the RTI model.
- Identifying those strengths and challenges from both within and outside of the school or district that could affect implementation of RTI.
- generating a comprehensive, multi-year RTI roll-out plan.
- inventorying resources throughout the school or district that can be used to support student intervention planning and progress-monitoring.
Burns, M., & Riley-Tillman, T. C. (2009). Response to intervention and eligibility decisions: We need to wait to succeed. NASP Communique, 38(1), pp. 1, 10, 11.
McDougal, J. L., Graney, S. B., Wright, J. A., & Ardoin, S. P. (2009). RTI in practice: A practical guide to implementing effective evidence-based interventions in your school. New York: John Wiley & Sons.