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RTI for Kindergarten, First Grade, & Second Grade

After I left the classroom and became the Title I teacher for our building, my main focus shifted to ALL THINGS RTI.  My responsibilities regarding…


After I left the classroom and became the Title I teacher for our building, my main focus shifted to ALL THINGS RTI.  My responsibilities regarding RTI included data collection and analysis, helping to identify students at risk, researching and implementing interventions, and scheduling the school-wide RTI program.


I would never credit myself an RTI expert, but I do have a vested interest in its approach and the benefits for our struggling readers.  One book I’ve added to my personal collection recently is The RTI Planning Book by Gretchen Owocki.Here are some of the basic premises of the RTI method as described in the book and a good starting point if you’re new to this approach:







Hopefully, that gave you a little snapshot of what RTI is all about.  Would I recommend this book? Yes, I do believe that this book could help you or your school set the foundation for a solid RTI model.  And, if having a hardbound resource on hand would help you guide your program, this would certainly be a wise investment.  Not only does it explain the rationale for RTI and each tier, but it also details the different assessments used to guide interventions, along with several blackline printables that you can copy and use in your own room.  The bulk of the book is actually made up of Assessment Practices and Tools and Instructional Practices and Tools – very helpful.  I particularly like the For Students Needing ________ sections that have several idea for how to help students with a specific reading need (i.e. identifying main/key ideas, phonological awareness, etc.).  You can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking the icon below.

I also developed many RTI resources (some with Rebecca at Darlin’ Little Learners) to assist teachers when working with struggling students individually or in small groups.  While these resources aren’t necessarily research-based they are based off of best practice and are recommended for one-on-one use OR for small group work – both practices that are researched-base.   This is how I justify their use within the RTI framework, particularly at the Tier 2 level when you – as the teacher alone – must provide RTI to students in your classroom.  You can see all of my RTI resources by clicking on the icon below OR check out a specific resource by clicking the product cover pictured below.

I’ll be back to discuss some of these resources in further detail!  Have a happy Friday!

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  1. This is such an awesome post . I love how systematic you were about the RTI process . I am also the RTI person in my school . I can't wait to share this post with my teachers . You also have such great resources 🙂

  2. I would love to print the slides from the post. Where are they available? I think they would be great to hand out to new teachers that come to our building. I am hoping to become the RTI person in my building, if not a valuable member of the team.

  3. Love your Title I and RtI resources … as an Intervention Specialist (Ohio) who is now Title I Reading and Math, it is my task to collect data on students referred to RtI (which I also run for our two schools).

    It is interesting to be on the “other side of the fence” so to speak … helping those prior to being evaluated for Special Education Services. It is because of you and others on the Teacher Pay Teacher site I have been able successful!

    Thank you so much!!

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