2013–2014 Building Capacity for Response to Intervention (RTI) 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) as a means for improving student achievement, reducing the number of students with learning difficulties, and reducing disproportionality.
The project focuses on disseminating information, resources, and tools designed to enhance the use of an instructional decision-making model for RTI in the areas of reading, mathematics, and behavior.
Web site resources address steps for campus-level RTI implementation, from conducting a campus needs assessment, developing an action plan, promoting teacher collaboration, designing differentiated instruction and intervention, to answering parents’ questions.
Major activities for the 2013-2014 Building Capacity for Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation project include:
- Create online professional development modules to promote RTI implementation in Texas schools;
- Develop tools and update resources to enhance the knowledge of Texas educators and school leaders in implementing RTl;
- Pilot the use of an electronic tablet application designed for campuses to monitor RTI implementation;
- Collaborate with TEA and the Regional Education Service Centers to disseminate information and provide venues for Texas school leaders and stakeholders:
- Provide a series of RTI capacity-building workshops for educators in five regional areas of Texas
- Share information about evidence-based practices that address meeting student needs
- Promote use of RTI as a means for school improvement, especially in districts that are targeting disproportionality
- Conduct presentations at the request of ESCs and educator organizations; and
- Maintain and update this Web site to give Texas educators, parents, and other stakeholders “24/7″ access to RTl implementation information.