Response to Intervention and Family Engagement Online Module

Family engagement is essential to fully develop Wisconsin’s vision for system-wide change utilizing RtI. The module Response to Intervention and Family Engagement provides an overview of how Response to Intervention (RtI) is defined in Wisconsin and research based practices that can be used to involve families in RtI at their school. In identifying ways that families and schools can work together in an RtI system it is important to recognize the need to work with families to support student learning. Research shows that when families and schools work together students do better academically and behaviorally.

This module answers the following questions parents may have about RtI:

  • What is RtI in Wisconsin?
  • How is RtI related to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)?
  • How is RtI related to the specific learning disabilities rule?
  • What is my role in RtI?
  • How can I help my child succeed in a school implementing RtI?

This module consists of a video, which was designed for parents and teachers to watch, alone or in groups. This video has two parts: What is RtI? (20 minutes), and Family Engagement and RtI (10 minutes); the two parts can be watched together or individually

Following the video, please consider working through some of the activities below. The first activities are those we feel are the most important. If you would like more information, there are additional activities and resources found at the link at the bottom of the page.

RtI and Family Engagement: Recommended Overview Activities

These activties provide an overview of the concepts presented in the video. The directions provided directly following the link are for individuals working through the module, but there are also directions provided for groups on the right side of the page. All of these activities are highly recommended.

  • Cultural Diversity
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators, administrators
    length:
    15 minutes
    best done:
    after watching What is RtI: Cultural Responsive Practices 
  • Behavior
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators
    length:
    20 minutes
    best done:
    after watching What is RtI: PBIS: A RtI System for Behavior
  • Differentiated Instruction
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators, administrators
    length:
    60 minutes
    best done:
    What is RtI: High Quality Instruction
  • Balanced Assessment
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators, administrators
    length: 20 minutes
    best done:
    after watching What is RtI: Balanced Assessment
  • Collaboration
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators, administrators
    length: 20 minutes
    best done:
    after watching What is RtI: Collaboration
  • Six Types of Family Involvement
    target audience:
    parents and families, educators, administrators
    length: 30 minutes
    best done:
    after watching What is RtI: Family Engagement and RtI

RtI and Family Engagement: Additional Resources

RtI and Family Engagement: Advanced Activities

The following activities are recommended for those wanting to learn more about RtI and Family Engagement. They are arranged by topic. Click on the links to view directions and attachments. The directions provided directly following the link are for individuals working through the module, but there are also directions provided for groups on the right side of the page. All of these activities are highly recommended.

  • Cultural Diversity Scenario
    target audience:
    educators, administrators
    length:
    45 minutes/ 60 mintues for groups
    best done:
    after completing Cultural Diversity overview activity
  • PTA Parents Guide to Student Success
    recommended audience:
    parents & families, educators, administrators
    length: 30 mintues
    best done:
    after completing Differentiated Instruction overview activity
  • Progress Monitoring Overview
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators
    time: 20 minutes
    best done:
    after completing Balanced Assessment overview activity
  • Using Data for Decision Making
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators, administrators
    time: 30 minutes
    best done:
    after completing Balanced Assessment overview activity
  • Academic Parent-Teacher Teams
    target audience:
    parents & families, educators, administrators
    time: 35-75 minutes
    best done:
    after completing Balanced Assessment overview activity

Contributing organizations to the development of this module include: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, REACh Statewide Initiative, Wisconsin FACETS, WSPEI (Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative), SPDG Grant, State Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin CESAs, CREATE Wisconsin, Parents Plus, and Wisconsin PTA

Group Actvities

The activities linked to in this module are designed for individuals, although groups are also encouraged to work through the presentation and activities.

Specific directions for groups have also been developed and can be found on each activity page along with any additional handouts the groups may need. 

In addition to the activities described above, there are a number of handouts that facilitators may choose to use with groups (see below). These handouts should be used along with the Facilitator's Guide, which describes how to use them.

Additional Resources for Facilitators of Groups

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