General resources includes multiple and varied informational sources (e.g., articles, presentations, reports, webinars, briefs) on topics relation to RtI.  Use the tabs below to select information specific to a key feature of RtI.


Explains the need for a Response to Intervention process as outlined by IDEA 2004. Provides a brief overview of the 3 key components of RtI and a description of the tiered levels of intervention.


Essential Components of RtI – A Closer Look at Response to Intervention

National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI)

A publication developed by the National Center on Response to Intervention. The document provides a definition of RtI and a review of essential RtI components: screening, progress monitoring, and data-based decision-making.

Guidance Documents

A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention

New York State Education Department

This pamphlet provides parents, families and others with information regarding Response to Intervention (RtI). RtI is a process used in schools to provide well-designed instruction, closely monitor all students’ progress and provide additional instructional supports to students who are struggling. This additional help is to assist those students to keep up with learning in their classrooms, particularly in the areas of reading and math. At the end of this pamphlet, there is a reference list which provides sources for additional information for parents and websites where these resources can be found.

The pamphlet is now available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and Haitian Creole (see link below).



RtI: A Tiered Intervention Framework

Atlas Initiative for Public Education

Illustrates each tier through four entertaining, narrated cartoons accompanied by brief descriptions.

Page 6 provides you with background information and an explanation of which RtI approach this team uses for their school. As you scroll down the page, you are provided with descriptions of each tier and an option to listen to Dr. Sharon Vaughn discuss considerations for Tier 3. At the bottom of the page you can move ahead to pages 7 and 8 for more information on tiered instruction.


Effective RtI for English Language Learners

Sylvia Linan-Thompson, Ph.D

Ensuring a comprehensive and coherent instructional program is essential for student success. RtI provides a framework for ensuring that students receive the level and type of instruction they need for academic success. However, to ensure that English language learners will benefit from instruction in an RtI framework assessment and instruction practices must respond to both their academic and language needs. This session will present effective instruction strategies for ELLs in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 and factors to consider when interpreting assessments. Lecture, case studies, and interactive activities will be used.

IES Practice Guide - Response to Intervention

Dr. Linan-Thompson and Dr. Dimino

This powerpoint presentation provides an overview of research in a multi-tiered RtI framework. Dr. Linan-Thompson and Dr. Dimino address the major components in all tiers stressing high levels of teacher-student interaction and differentiated reading instruction for all.

Response to Intervention is a multi-tiered early detection and intervening process that identifies struggling students early and assists them before they fall behind. RtI incorporates high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and frequent and regular progress monitoring. This all-day workshop, provided free of charge, provides an overview regarding the critical features and concepts of RtI followed by a set of tools school-based RtI teams can use to begin designing an RtI process. The workshop will also focus on how to establish building-level adoption or consensus for RtI. Each team will assess their school’s RtI readiness and leave with an action or implementation plan that will support preliminary RtI efforts in their school.

Reviews the necessary foundation needed to begin to implement the Response to Intervention model at the secondary level. Examines a 3-tier RtI model and Part 200 regulations that involve classification of students with LD. Powerpoint identifies expectations at each tier within an RtI process with suggestions on how middle and high schools can begin to respond to these expectations.

RtI models that involve English Language Learners require a comprehensive, collaborative approach in which educators have a common understanding of second language acquisition, cultural influences on teaching and learning, and effective instructional practices. This all day workshop provides a brief overview of RtI and focuses on the relevant instructional and assessment factors schools need to consider when implementing the RtI process with English Language Learners. Participants will explore the essential features of RtI models with a focus on quality core instruction to ELLs, using data to identify struggling students, factors to consider when selecting "research-based interventions," aligning interventions with linguistic and cultural characteristics, the role of the problem-solving team, and evaluating student response.

Program Description: Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is schoolwide,
data-driven prevention model designed to maximize the impact of
academic and behavioral instruction and intervention on student outcomes.

This all-day PD session will address the following topics:
• Using Key Components of a MTSS Framework
• Implementing the Common Core Learning Standards within MTSS
• Integrating the Data-Based Problem-Solving Process (RtI) into a MTSS
• Aligning Instruction/Interventions with the CCLS and Integrating Instructional Practices Across the Tiers
• Ensuring the Integration of Academic Skills, Academic Behavior Expectations and Scaffolding to Maximize Student Engagement within the Instructional Process
• Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities and Students with 504 Accommodations Through Specially Designed Instruction within an MTSS Framework

Across the country, schools are actively involved in the implementation of Response to Intervention, an early intervening process designed to identify students who may be at-risk for academic failure. The Council of Exceptional Children-Chapter 402 in collaboration with the Niagara Frontier Reading Council is pleased to host an RtI panel discussion by school-based practitioners who have extensive and practical RtI experience. The morning will begin with an overview of RtI models and processes from two New York State public schools who have been implementing RtI for several years. Panel presenters will describe their school’s RtI model, the role of school staff within the RtI process and identify critical factors to consider to ensure successful implementation. The panel discussion will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions relative to RtI to help further their own understanding of this early prevention process.


RtI Manual Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI): How to Do It

National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD)

Published in 2007 by the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD) this manual provides an overview of Responsiveness to Intervention and its primary components. The RtI Manual is organized around the following sections...


Culturally Responsive RtI

Dr. Sylvia Linan-Thompson

The webinar PowerPoint can be accessed here -


Overview and Foundations of R & R

Dr. Virginia Buysse & Dr. Ellen Peisner-Feinberg

Planning for RtI

Dr. Daryl Mellard

Planning for RtI
Monday, November 18th, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

PowerPoint presentation can be found here -


RtI Infrastructure

Dr. Daryl Mellard

RtI Infrastructure
Dr. Daryl Mellard

Webinar Agenda:
-Establishing Your RtI Core Team
-RtI Logistics

STRAND #01: The Basics of RtI

Dr. Daryl Mellard

This strand features three (3), one and a half hour webinars designed to provide participants with an introduction or overview of the critical features embedded within a RtI framework. Emphasis will focus on infrastructure issues which need to be addressed within a RtI prevention model. Discussion regarding how RtI fits within existing school reform initia- tives, such as Common Core, will be presented. Case study examples from NY state’s RtI pilot schools will be used to illustrate and exemplify critical concepts. Tools to assess schools and districts with RtI implementation will be discussed and provided.

This webinar was one in a series focusing on the essential components of RtI. Dr. Tackett provides an overview of primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention, the types of instruction and assessments at each level, where the instruction typically occurs, and the instructional decisions that can be made based on data.

What is Response to Intervention (RtI)?

National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) Presented by Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey (2010)

This webinar is part of a series designed to increase fundamental knowledge of RtI. The essential components of RtI are explained, as well as the purposes of screening and progress monitoring. A brief explanation of how to use data to help inform decisions about student progress and movement through tiers is provided.


NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

Established through a partnership between the American Institutes for Research, Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, the NCRtI provides technical assistance designed to build capacity for RtI implementation at the state level. The center provides information in the form of articles, podcasts. Webinars, powerpoint presentations on a variety of topics and issues involving the RtI implementation and evaluation process.

The RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. Their goal is to guide educators and families in the large-scale implementation of RTI so that each child has access to quality instruction and that struggling students – including those with learning disabilities – are identified early and receive the necessary supports to be successful.

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