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Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.


The Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting educators in understanding and implementing the response to intervention (RTI) model. The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has identified four stages in the implementation of evidence-based strategies such as RTI. The first stage is Exploration, and it involves consideration of the essential components of RTI models and the district or school's readiness to implement an RTI model with fidelity. During the second stage, Installation, a district or school selects an RTI model and works actively to put in place all of the supports necessary for implementing the essential components. These supports can include staff member training, policies, implementation guides, forms, assessments, instructional programs, and software. The third stage is Initial Implementation, and it involves implementing the essential components. Initial Implementation can involve just a few components or teachers, and then implementation expands over time. When the majority of teachers are implementing all components of RTI with fidelity, the district or school is in the fourth stage, called Full Implementation. This KnowledgeBase is geared primarily toward those in the Exploration and Installation stages, with some resources for those in the Initial Implementation stage.

Task 1: Identify Areas for Professional Growth

Guideline: Possessing an awareness of professional learning needs is an essential first step in planning for professional growth. This task provides resources to identify areas for professional growth based on student outcome data.


Maryland Teacher Professional Development Planning Guide

This link is to the Maryland Teacher Professional Development Planning Guide. Though intended for Maryland teachers, the guide's content may be useful to teachers in leadership roles in other states as they address professional learning needs. Professional Planning Form


As noted at its website, ASCD "is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner."

Learning Forward

This link is to the website of Learning Forward, the former National Staff Development Council. The website provides resources for educators engaged in professional learning.

Using Student Outcome Data to Help Guide Professional Development and Teacher Support

This Florida Center for Reading Research document reviews issues associated with using student outcome data to guide professional learning for teachers. Though its focus is on Florida teachers, the general content may be useful to teachers in other states.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.