If you haven’t spotted the spring issue of Education Week’s Professional Development Sourcebook, it’s well worth your attention, with many useful articles about Response to Intervention (RTI), including an interview with Richard Allington who says the initiative may be “our last, best hope” for achieving full literacy in the U.S (although he’s not all that optimistic that it will happen).
Best of all, from our perspective inside the Teacher Leaders Network: There are two articles featuring members of our daily discussion forum. First, there’s a bylined article by Elizabeth Stein, giving her take on RTI from inside the classroom and from her perspective as a special education teacher on Long Island NY. Her article was highlighted in a recent issue of the CEC SmartBrief published by the Council for Exceptional Children.
There’s also a substantive interview with TLN’er Donalyn Miller and her Keller TX principal Ron Myers about their school’s RTI implementation story. Donalyn, author of the popular book and blog The Book Whisperer, offers a frank and nuanced view of RTI’s promise and potential pitfalls. “The important thing,” she says, “is that, if there’s not a common understanding of what good quality instruction looks like, then it really sets a program like RTI up to fail in a school.”
The entire PD Sourcebook is full of smart stuff about a timely topic. Here’s the index.