Across the country, educators are committed to providing early intervention to address deficits in student learning before they ever have a chance to widen. Whether your school or district subscribes to one of the more common response to intervention (RTI) or multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) models or finds one of the many other flavors of intervention to be the right fit, there are some common factors to consider that will ensure a successful program. Now, heading into yet another new school year, it’s more important than ever that you are well equipped with proven program options to help meet the level of support each tier requires.
Madison Michell has been a member of the Edmentum team since 2014 and currently serves as a Marketing Manager. As a former Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher during her time as a Teach For America corps member, she believes education truly has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about connecting educators with online programs, best practices, and research that improve teaching and learning for today's students.
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As more and more schools up their student-device ratio to 1:1, the possibilities for eLearning opportunities have expanded. In Indiana, this idea of virtual options for learning first manifested itself in the form of the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Flex Program, launched in 2011, followed by the Virtual Option for Inclement Weather, which kicked off in 2014. Then, beginning in the 2017–18 school year, the IDOE combined these efforts into what is known today as the IDOE eLearning Day Program.
Edmentum is proud to partner with educators across the state of North Carolina in support of a unified goal to ensure that all students are reading at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Under this approval, students may take the Exact Path adaptive diagnostic assessment in place of the mCLASS®:Reading 3D™ assessment. Accountability recommendations outline that a student must earn a Lexile® level of 725 or higher to demonstrate proficiency within End-of-Grade 3 achievement expectations.
Many U.S. states subscribe to an early-warning intervention model of some kind to help support the unique needs of students. Whether it’s called RTI, RTI2, MTSS, or something else altogether, there are core elements and best practices that run throughout each approach to intervention. Today, we’ll unpack five best practices for your intervention program (no matter which model you subscribe to), using Tennessee’s state-mandated RTI2 as our guide.
As a former 3rd grade and kindergarten teacher myself, I quickly saw the error of my ways whenever I didn’t effectively teach and uphold my expectations for classroom management. And, at the end of some particularly exhausting days, I carefully strategized and calculated my next moves to elicit real change. It’s in that reflection that I quickly discovered even my fiercest rulebreakers would sit still and listen carefully to a good read-aloud. So, read aloud we did! I’ve since searched far and wide for my favorite books to teach rules, expectations, and build a strong classroom community, and here is a list of my top 10 picks!