In our previous article on RTI, we discussed the definition of Response to Intervention, the Three Tiers of Instruction and Intervention, and how to find the appropriate software for your school. Continuing with our RTI series, the following is a summary of the websites we think you will find most useful. These sites are not listed in order of preference.
Florida Center for Reading Research
This user-friendly site contains valuable information for parents.. The RTI resource links are extensive. Included are several articles on subjects such as Ongoing Progress Monitoring and Interventions for Struggling Readers. They also have a list of Assessment Programs with an evaluation of each software solution. Many of the RTI websites link to the FCRF because of their notable vast content. Overall, this site is full of resources not only on RTI but also in other areas of interest. http://www.fcrr.org/index.htm
RTI Action Network
This site is extremely easy to navigate, well-organized and provides excellent resources for all educators. It offers fresh content on RTI for Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, and Highs School. The Parents and Families Resources tab includes podcasts and RTI talks as well as articles relating to questions that many parents might have about RTI. This site also has a blog, discussion boards, and a way to submit questions to experts in the field. Their professional development incorporates the use of new technology such as webinars, videos, podcasts, virtual visits, and a national forum to reach more people interested in learning about RTI. In general, this site’s content and resources are extensive and are a great tool to keep bookmarked in your browser. http://www.rtinetwork.org
RTI Action Network – Facebook Page
If you visit the RTI Action Network, you will find that they have a Facebook page that is “dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention in school districts nationwide.” This is a great stand-alone resource that unites parents and educators in a very informal manner. http://www.facebook.com/pages/RTI-Action-Network/44573374906
The RTI Wire is a simple site that offers various resources for educators on this subject. It has an RTI training kit that can be downloaded and also a list of tools for analyzing data using graphs and charts. This site explains in very simple steps how to use RTI and links to several other websites with more information on each step of the RTI process.
National Education Association
The NEA has an amazing site that offers not only free resources, but also has an ample selection of information on RTI. Although it does not have a direct link to RTI resources, you can use the search button to quickly find anything on RTI that they offer. This site is a great resource to keep on hand as a bookmark. http://www.nea.org
National Center on Response to Intervention
This site is very easy to navigate and is dedicated entirely to RTI. Resources include training modules, workgroups, webinars and a newsletter. In addition, they offer a list of tools and interventions with charts explaining their findings on each solution.
RTI Teaching Learning Connections
RTI -TLC offers various resources for educators, including a Calendar of Events and Algebra Success Keys. It also lists recent publications on RTI research, offers PowerPoint presentations, Keys of Problem Solving, training courses, adolescent literary research, and language reading connection (LRC) research. The site is user friendly and updated constantly to bring fresh content to educators. Their free RTI Parent Brochures contain valuable information for parents on how the RTI process works and how parents can become involved. http://rtitlc.ucf.edu
International Reading Association
The International Reading Association website not only offers information on RTI but also includes extensive resources on topics such as Adolescent Literacy, Assessment, Struggling Readers, English Language Learners (ELL), and Teacher Education. Their RTI resources include a background overview of RTI and several articles published on the subject. This site is easy to navigate and a great resource.
Florida Response to Intervention
This website is a great start for those learning the basic concepts of RTI. It links to several other RTI programs in Florida schools. However, the models and information presented in this site can be applicable to any state. The list of resources includes partners and networks they recommend as well as methods for progress monitoring, RTI data management, and curriculum-based measurement. http://www.florida-rti.org/index.htm
About.com – Response to Intervention
About.com is a source of expert advice on any subject. Although their content is not solely educational, if you search RTI on their engine, you will find extensive research and information including a basic overview of RTI, differentiated instruction, diagnostic teaching, research on special ed and RTI, and where to go for additional information.