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Response to Intervention (RtI) Description

RtI is a data-driven process used to determine if a student is responding to classroom instruction and progressing as expected. In an RtI process students receive individualized academic or behavioral support. Multiple tiers (levels) of support increase in intensity and are matched to the student’s specific needs. Interventions are implemented as early as possible to promote student success.

Response to Intervention (RtI) Pyramid


RtI Pyramid

RtI Materials for Faculty

Resource Links

Reading Interventions:



Assisted Reading Practice

"Click or Clunk?": A Student Comprehension Self-Check  

Error Correction & Word Drill Techniques

Advanced Story Map

HELPS Reading Program

Keywords: A Memorization Strategy

Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual

Main-Idea Maps

Listening Passage Preview

Mental Imagery: Improving Text Recall

Paired Reading

Oral Recitation Lesson

Repeated Reading

Phrase-Cued Text Lessons

School-Wide Strategies for Managing Reading

Prior Knowledge: Activating the 'Known'




Reading Comprehension Fix-Up Skills: A Classroom Toolkit


Reciprocal Teaching: A Reading Comprehension Package


Text Lookback


Math Interventions:

School-wide Strategies for Managing Mathematics

Self-Monitoring: Customized Math Self-Correction Checklists

Number Operations/Number Sense


Problem Solving

Number Operations: Strategic Number Counting Instruction


Applied Math Problems: Using Question-Answer Relationships (QARs) to Interpret Math Graphics

Number Sense: Promoting Basic Numeracy Skills Through a Counting Board Game

Math Computation: Increase Accuracy and Productivity Rates Via Self-Monitoring and Performance Feedback

Math Problem-Solving: Combining Cognitive and Meta-Cognitive Strategies


Math Computation: Increase Accuracy By Intermixing Easy and Challenging Computation Problems



Math Computation: Promote Mastery of Math Facts Through Incremental Rehearsal



Math Computation: Student Self-Monitoring of Productivity to Increase Fluency



Peer Tutoring in Math Computation with Constant Time Delay



Behavior Interventions:

School-Wide Strategies for Managing Defiance/Noncompliance

School-Wide Strategies for Managing Hyperactivity

School-Wide Strategies for Managing Off-Task/Inattention

School-Wide Strategies for Working With Emotionally Unpredictable Students


Challenging Students

Choice: Allow Student to Select Task Sequence

“Rubber Band” Intervention

Encouraging Student Academic Motivation

Behavior Contracts

Finding the Spark: More Tips for Building Student Motivation

Breaking the Attention Seeking Habit: The Power of Random Positive Teacher Attention

Motivation Challenge 1: The Student Cannot Do the Work

Dodging the Power Struggle Trap: Ideas for Teachers

Motivation Challenge 2 – The Response Effort to do the Work Seems Too Great

Mystery Motivator

Motivation Challenge 3: Classroom Instruction Does Not Engage

Points For Grumpy

Motivation Challenge 4: The Student Does Not See Adequate Payoff for Doing the Work

Response Effort

Motivation Challenge 5: The Student Lacks Confidence That He or She Can Do the Work

Response-Cost Lottery

Motivation Challenge 6: The Student Lacks a Positive Relationship With the Teacher

Talk Ticket

Teacher Praise: An Efficient Tool to Motivate Students

Teacher Behavioral Strategies: A Menu


Time-Out From Reinforcement


Working with Defiant Kids: Communication Tools for Teachers


‘Defensive Behavior Management’: Advance Planning, Connecting With the Student, and Defusing Crisis Situations


What Every Teacher Should Know About…Punishment Techniques and Student Behavior Plans