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  • Developing Professional Learning Communities

    To Promote Response to Intervention

    Linda Campbell Melissa Nantais

  • Todays AgendaRtI and MiBLSiFocusing on New Roles & ResponsibilitiesReflecting on RtI PracticesDeveloping Professional Learning Communities KPS Next StepsLessons Learned

  • Connection of Response to Intervention to MiBLSiTwo Sides of the Same Coin

  • RtI Principles from NASDSE documentWe can effectively teach all childrenIntervene earlyUse a multi-tier model of service deliveryUse of problem-solving method to make decisions within a multi-tier modelUse research-based, scientifically validated interventions/instruction to the extent possibleMonitor student progress to inform instructionUse data to make decisionsUse assessment for three different purposes

    Core Principles of MiBLSi

  • Kalamazoos RtI History

  • District Commitment to RtI / MiBLSi RtI Study Group Ancillary staff meet every 2-4 weeksJob descriptions were re-written2005-06

    Presentations from NASDSE RtI Book and MAASE RtI book to Building Administrators Development of RtI ExamplesCurriculum Based Evaluation Notebook2006-072007-08County RtI GroupDevelopment of RtI Professional Learning Communities

  • New Roles & Responsibilities New Roles in Response to Intervention: Creating Success for Schools and Children (November, 2006)


  • December 2007Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Social Workers, and Teacher Consultants meetingEach group reviewed New Roles & Responsibilities from their professional organizationsIndividuals completed self-assessment based on New Roles & Responsibilities Individuals completed RtI readiness checklist for assigned buildings

  • Resources / BarriersEach professional group listed their strengths / resources and needs / barriers on chart paper to get an idea of the skills of the members of each group.

  • Self-Assessment Survey

    Surveys were developed based on the descriptions taken from the New Roles in Response to Intervention: Creating Success for Schools and Children

  • School Social Worker Self-Assessment

    This self-assessment is based on the SSWAA document, Response to Intervention: New Roles for School Social Workers. It is not the same as the School Social Worker job description for KPS. This self-assessment is designed to assist School Social Workers in identifying current strengths and professional development goals regarding the RtI process. The assessment covers skills in four areas related to the RtI model: system Design, Team collaboration, Serving Individual Students and Meeting the Challenge.

  • Rating Scale

    3 = Mastered/Comfortable 2 = Building skills, hesitant1 = Still learning/ not comfortable

  • RtI Readiness ChecklistDeveloped by a district school psychologist

    Completed individually by the school psychologists, social workers, teacher consultants, and speech and language therapists

    Completed for each building

  • January 2008Psychologists, Social Workers, and Teacher Consultants meetingEach group reviewed results of the self-assessment surveysEach group developed a Professional Learning Community action plan based on the data from the surveys

  • February 2008Implementing Action Plan steps: Social Workers planned meeting with MiBLSi Coach from KRESA to discuss increasing involvement in MiBLSi implementationTCs trained in accessing DIBELS data and SWIS data Compiling summary of intervention programs being used in the district (language arts, math and behavior)Identifying individuals who can train intervention programs to other staff

  • Survey Results

  • Questions:Help select, design, implement and interpret whole school screening programs and dynamic assessments that provide early intervening services for students who need itHelp design instructional assessment models at all tier levelsParticipate in the design and delivery of PD that informs understanding of skill development for all academic areas (reading, math, writing) and the differentiated strategies appropriate for each tierHelp monitor instructional effectiveness at all tier levelsHelp design and implement a process for progress monitoring, data collection, and data analysisConsult with parents to foster carryover and reinforcement of skills in the homeCollaborate with all school personnel in the implementation of RtI modelsConsult with teachers about their role in literacy development and the integration of strategies in their classroomsSupport colleagues in implementing RtI strategies through mentoring and close collaboration

  • Teacher Consultants trained in using DIBELS and SWIS websites

  • Intervention Programs described

  • RtI Document for General Ed.RtI Professional Development delivered by MiBLSi coach to Elementary StaffFocus on New Roles & Responsibilities for General Education Teachers & Reading SpecialistsSelf- Assessments completed Grade Level discussions

  • Time for You to Develop an Action PlanHow can you use this information back in your district?

  • Kalamazoo Public SchoolsOur Next Steps

  • Where we are headedDeveloping a Professional Learning Community (PLC) of psychologists, social workers, home support specialists/ behavior specialists focusing on behavior interventions and FBAs Future uses of the RtI Readiness ChecklistsSelf-assessment survey at the end of the yearReview and update action plans at least quarterly

  • Kalamazoo Public SchoolsLessons we have learned

  • Lessons LearnedRtI Readiness Checklist is not a comprehensive tool just a check of where a building isNo action plan associated with the RtI ChecklistNeed more people to complete the checklistNeed more comprehensive tool to really judge where a building is at and develop a strong action planOn-line survey would be great!

  • Time for CollaborationThe Link Between MiBLSi and RtI

  • Sharing information and ideasWhat have you done to make the link between RtI and MiBLSi overt?What new ideas do you have for making this link?What new ideas do you have for using the information from this presentation?What resources/information are needed?

  • Continuous Regeneration


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