RtI E-News: September 2015


NEW! Building Your Selected and Intensive Levels of Support – ONLINE!

Within a school’s culturally responsive multi-level system of support, the selected and intensive levels are established to respond to students whose needs extend beyond the reach of a robust universal level of support.

Sounds good, right? But how do schools get started?

The Wisconsin RtI Center has developed a process to guide schools in creating and sustaining a school-wide approach to respond to student needs. 

We are pleased to introduce a set of independent learning modules, designed to guide schools through the key features of the process associated most directly with the selected and intensive levels of support. School leaders and leadership teams can use these modules to establish and or refine their current continuum of supports beyond a strong universal level.

These modules were designed for use within pre-existing collaborative structures so that teams can do this work within their school or district. The module facilitator guide provides step-by-step directions to lead school teams through each module, including:

  • Reading and discussing  selected key feature
  • Choosing guiding questions
  • Articulating current status
  • Learning through a school scenario
  • Defining desired future
  • Investigating related resources
  • Identifying priorities 
  • Creating a plan of action to move forward

In each edition of the Wisconsin RtI Center Newsletter, two different steps of the process or key features will be highlighted. The center created these resources for you to use as part of your continuous improvement process.

To get started and to learn more click on this link!

Need more information? Contact you regional technical assistance coordinator!


Updated Tools for Improving Classroom Management

Increased student engagement is absolutely critical for gains in achievement. The primary factor that impacts student engagement is classroom management. According to an article on the ASCD website, “Research has shown us that teachers' actions in their classrooms have twice the impact on student achievement as do school policies regarding curriculum, assessment, staff collegiality, and community involvement. We also know that one of the classroom teacher's most important jobs is managing the classroom effectively” (Marzano & Marzano, 2003).

In addition, as more schools focus on classroom management, they are noticing a shift in school culture. Sound classroom management has been linked to improvements in the following areas:

  • Decreased office discipline referrals
  • Fidelity and sustainability of PBIS
  • Teacher retention

As schools move forward with Educator Effectiveness, Wisconsin teachers are tasked with improving the education of all students. Fortunately, the state recognizes that a skilled teaching force is cultivated through professional growth. Since classroom management makes such an undeniable impact, it makes sense for schools to identify professional development opportunities that will help teachers hone these crucial skills.

In support of this important work, the WI RtI Center has redeveloped, expanded, and updated all classroom management professional development resources on our website.

As part of the updates, the Start Here e-learning module has been revised. It includes a rationale explaining the need to address classroom management, as well as evidence showing the impact on student achievement when implemented effectively. The module is conveniently split into different sections, so you can focus on areas you’d like to strengthen, without having to spend time on areas in which you are proficient. The module gives you the choice to focus on the following areas of development:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Effective Educator initiatives
  • Culturally Responsive Practices
  • Coaching

In addition to the new Start Here module, there are three main teaching components on this website: module one focuses on rules and procedures; module two addresses acknowledgement systems, and module three outlines the essential elements of consequence systems.  Each module provides a narrated PowerPoint, a PowerPoint that can be edited, and activities to implement at the classroom level.  A supplemental PowerPoint has been added to the consequence systems module, which addresses the role of implicit bias during vulnerable decision points. Unchecked bias often leads to disproportionate disciplinary actions for students of color, and this section explores ways to guard against unfair practices.

Finally, to provide as many opportunities as possible to learn these crucial skills, three-day workshops will be offered through CESA this year. The workshops dedicate a day to each section of the learning module, and provide ample work time for teachers to develop their classroom management systems.  The workshop is designed for teachers to attend with a mentor who can support implementation at the building level. These workshops will be scheduled through CESAs and posted on our website.

We invite to you explore these additions to our online classroom management tools, and take advantage of these resources to further your schools vision and goals.


Convenient New Math Webinar Series!

Mathematics is one of the foundations upon which all student learning is built. Failing to develop rock-solid skills in mathematics will have a ripple effect on other important academic subjects, and can even hinder development of essential skills needed to function in society. Unfortunately, some students find learning mathematics more difficult than others. It takes special skills to get through to students struggle with these concepts.

That’s why we’ve developed a new “Mathematics Intervention Webinar Series.” These hour-long sessions have been developed to help your transform your struggling students into math heroes. Led by Wisconsin RtI Center Technical Assistance Coordinators, the sessions will include presentations by experts from schools, CESAs, and the state.

Using research-based structures and practices, you will learn recommended math instructional practices, find out where to access intervention resources, create an action plan for improving your school’s math interventions, and form relationships with others across the state who are facing the same challenges you are.

Best of all, the webinar format allows you to learn these power-packed practices from the convenience of your own computer. In addition, the sessions are being offered at no cost. This online webinar series saves both time and money by eliminating travel costs and registration fees. All you have to do is invest one hour a month. If you are a math teacher, specialist, coach, interventionist, or administrator, mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • October 13
  • November 17
  • December 15
  • January 13
  • February 16
  • March 17
  • April 20
  • May 17

We expect sessions to fill fast! To reserve your spot, register by clicking here.