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This just in! 2018-19 Wisconsin RtI Center Annual Report

Strong Universal Level of Support

Within a continuum of support, the universal (tier 1) level is the most important to the success of the system. The universal level is where all learners receive solid and consistent core instruction based on high academic standards and behavioral, emotional, and social expectations. Without a strong universal level on which to build, schools will have difficulty building strong selected (tier 2) and intensive (tier 3) supports that are sustainable over time.

Teaching at the universal level is conducted in an environment that is conducive to learning. Instructional practices are supported and refined through coaching and by reviewing data collaboratively.

Proactively promoting developmental, academic, behavioral, social, and emotional wellness for every learner

A strong universal level of support proactively promotes developmental, academic, behavioral, social, and emotional wellness for every learner. Educators use agreed-upon evidence-based and culturally responsive classroom management, curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices with fidelity (used as intended). This intentional system design can often prevent challenges from developing.

Use an instructional framework at the universal level

The goal of a common, research-based instructional framework used by all staff is to ensure that all learners are receiving the most effective instruction based on their learning needs. All learners are able to participate meaningfully in the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment.

An instructional framework guides curriculum, teaching practices, assessment, and the learning climate. It combines specific expectations for student learning with effective strategies that guide teaching and assessment.

Key benefits to an instructional framework

An instructional framework will:

Allow for a focus on district goals, state standards, and Wisconsin’s Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning,

  • create coherence around curriculum, instruction, and learner outcomes,
  • provide a common language that is shared by staff, and
  • provide a foundation for ongoing conversation and collaborative inquiry.

How do you know your system has a strong universal level in place?

  • Every learner experiences good first teaching based on high academic and behavioral expectations in an environment conducive to learning
  • Educators use agreed-upon evidence-based and culturally responsive classroom management, curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices with fidelity
  • Practices are supported and refined through coaching and by reviewing data in collaboration with learners, families, and peers
  • Academic, behavioral, social, and emotional wellness are proactively promoted for all
  • Meets the needs of at least 80% of learners (both overall and for disaggregated populations)

Resources for this Key System Feature