Response to Intervention School Sites
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Division of Special Education has worked with pioneering districts to provide funds to support the implementation of RtI academic practices:
RtI Development Sites - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has identified the Sullivan, Waynesville R-VI, Richwoods R-VII, Willow Springs R-IV, and Francis Howell R-III Missouri School Districts that will participate in the Response to Intervention (RtI) development site work. These districts have selected buildings within their districts that will serve as academic RtI development sites.
As development sites, these districts will contribute to the Department’s efforts in supporting the voluntary implementation of RtI by school districts across the state. The development sites will receive resources and expertise from the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), Rebecca Holland, Development Site Coordinator, the South Central Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The development sites will utilize these resources and expertise and through district application will provide feedback and recommendations regarding the RtI implementation process.
The Willow Springs School District experience is unique as the Willow Springs Elementary School is already participating as a Missouri Integrated Model (MIM) pilot school. The district has expressed a desire to scale up MIM work to the high school level, so their participation as a development site with a focus on secondary work is a logical match.
RTI provides an organziational framework to create responsive, effective, and efficient educational environments for ALL students. It is a vehicle to systemic educational reform that has the potential to positively affect student outcomes in terms of school improvement and student achievement. These districts are to be commended for their willingness to step forward to participate in this work as it clearly demonstrates their commitment to improving education for all students.
The overall purpose of the development site project is to inform the creation of guidance and tools that will help other districts and schools successfully plan and implement an RtI model. Development sites will refine their RtI models, create short- and long-term implementation and professional development plans, evaluate the fidelity and impact of implementation, and develop infrastructure and procedures to support sustained implementation. From this work, “lessons learned” will be gathered, successful strategies will be generalized, and common challenges will be explored and addressed. Partners in the project will consolidate these into guidance documents and tools for other districts to utilize.