How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn. Title I School Improvement Workshop June 17 & 18, 2009. The most promising and research-supported way to implement Response to Intervention is to operate as a professional learning community.
Title I School Improvement Workshop
June 17 & 18, 2009
way to implement
Response to Intervention
is to operate as a professional
How will we respond when
some students don’t learn?
…based on their ability.”
…if they take advantage of the opportunity we give them.”
…something, and we will help all students experience academic growth in a warm and nurturing environment.”
…and we will work to help all students achieve high standards of learning.”
A system of hoops to jump through before placing struggling students
into special education.
The sole responsibility of special education or Title I teachers.
(the “Cool Teacher”)
Meet the 8th grade algebra teachers at Puff Daddy Middle School
(lots of transfers out
by early October)
Peter Pilate (most problematic teacher on team, with student failure 3X higher than other team members)
Henrietta Higgins (monitors student progress & requires tutoring for those who are behind)
(Pyramid Response to Intervention; Buffum, Mattos, & Weber: 2009)
a school-wide plan
that guarantees students
the time and support they need regardless
of who their teacher might be.
When schools do not create systems of time and support for struggling students, teachers are forced to enter into an unstated, implicit contract with their students.
Targeted Instruction + Time = Learning
Variable Variable Constant
“Educators who rely on interventions alone to meet the needs of students who score below proficiency will
never solve the basic problem these children face.”
Buffum, Mattos, & Weber,
Pyramid Response to Intervention, 2009
Targeted, differentiated instruction
Prerequisite skill review to address the learning gap
Prevention (Extremely effective with ELL students)
“It is disingenuous for any school to claim its purpose is to help all students to learn at high levels and then fail to create a system of interventions to give struggling learners additional time and support for learning.”
Learning by Doing.
DuFour, DuFour, Eaker , and Many
Video purpose is to help all students to learn at high levels and then fail to create a system of interventions to give struggling learners additional time and support for learning.”
Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn; DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Karhanek, 2004
Pyramid Response to Intervention, RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn; Buffum, Mattos, & Webster, 2009
Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work; DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many, 2006
“Myths About Response to Intervention” National Association of State Directors of Special Education, May 2008