What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)? - Tiers & Strategies

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  • 1:24 RTI: The Basics
  • 3:49 Tier 1: Primary Prevention
  • 4:35 Tier 2: Secondary Prevention
  • 5:09 Tier 3: Tertiary Prevention
  • 5:41 RTI and Special Education
  • 6:28 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Adam Jordan

Adam is a special educator with a Ph.D. in Education

The Response to Intervention process, or RTI, was designed and implemented in public schools as an attempt at early intervention for students with exceptional educational needs. In this video, we will look at the basics of this process.

RTI: A Helpful Approach

Let's face it; kids grow up fast. Anyone who has kids of their own or who has ever worked with children knows the truth held in this statement. As children grow and develop, it is critical that their educational needs are rapidly met. However, there has traditionally been a major setback in the school setting. Identifying students with special needs can be a lengthy process.

When working with developing children, time is not a luxury, especially when a child is struggling. This is one of the main reasons the Response to Intervention process, or RTI, was developed. RTI is a multi-tiered early intervention approach designed to support struggling learners in both academic and behavioral areas. In many ways, the RTI process is a commonsense approach to helping students who have unique needs.

RTI is a three-tiered process that involves constant progress monitoring, data-based decision making, and universal screening. In this video, we will take a look at the basics of RTI and walk through each tier of the process. Let's get started.

RTI: The Basics

While RTI does involve evaluating and monitoring both students' academics and behavior, RTI has a heavy academic focus because the goal of RTI is to make sure students are successful in school. Typically, behavioral support is offered through a similar system known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, which is a school-wide tiered behavior support system. For the purposes of this video, we will turn our attention to the more academic focus of RTI.

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