Mrs. Stone's Superstars - Reading and Math Intervention
My name is Mrs. Stone, and I am Intervention teacher here at Schertz Elementary. This is my fifth year in this position. Prior to being an interventionist, I was a third grade teacher at Schertz. I have 3 boys, and 2 of them get to come to work with me every day. I love being a Panther!
What is Response to Intervention?
RTI is a multi-tiered system of student support that we use to meet all students’ needs. According to the National Center on Response to Intervention, there are four essential components of RtI:
- A school-wide, multi-level instructional and behavioral system for preventing school failure
- Progress Monitoring
- Data-based decision making for instruction, movement within the multi-level system, and disability identification (in accordance with state law)
RTI is made up of 3 tiers. Tier 1 is classroom instruction. If a student has a pattern of struggling in tier 1, they will move to tier 2 to receive targeted instruction and re-teach. Usually the groups are 6-10. If progress monitoring data shows very little or no growth, a student is moved to tier 3. In tier 3, a student will receive remediation in a group of 3 or less for 90-120 minutes a week. All tiers include research based strategies.
Progress monitoring is very important to see if the intervention being used is effective. There are many different assessments we give to monitor the progress of our students. We will put their scores in a graph to be able to calculate the student’s rate of progress. Our goal is that each student will make high rates of growth to quickly catch up to grade level.
Schertz Elementary Intervention Team
The Schertz Elementary Intervention Team is made up of 4 teachers and 1 paraprofessional. Our goal is to help struggling students reach their highest potential as learners. We work with students in very small groups targeting specific skills to meet their needs. Our team is passionate about inspiring students to be the best they can be!
Response to Intervention at Schertz
At Schertz Elementary, we follow the 4 C's of intervention:
All teachers collaborate on how we can meet the needs of ALL students. Some students may visit a different teacher's room to receive small group instruction during intervention time. This ensures that all RtI minutes are met.
We have a rotating, dedicated intervention time during the school day. Our intervention team rotates from grade to grade to help support teachers and students. Some students have access to interventions during this time, and some students have access to enrichment.
During intervention time, students receive small group instruction that is targeted to their individual needs.
We use many different progress monitoring tools to assess student progress. Our RtI team will make adjustments to a student's intervention plan based on these scores.