RTI for Diverse Learners: More Than 200 Instructional Interventions

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Catherine Collier

RTI for Diverse Learners
288 pages
ISBN: 9781412971621

Many Response to Intervention (RTI) models were developed to identify specific learning disabilities in English-speaking students. When using RTI with culturally and linguistically diverse students, especially non-native English speakers and those with limited English proficiency, educators must look beyond students' academic performance in reading and mathematics to address complex learning and behaviour issues.

This research-based resource provides more than 200 instructional interventions for teaching the growing population of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds within an RTI framework. Organised by the tiers of RTI, these specific interventions help classroom teachers address students' cognitive, behaviour, literacy, and communication issues at each level. This book features:

  • A reader-friendly format that allows busy teachers to easily find the interventions they need
  • Straightforward, concrete directions for using each intervention
  • Examples from practice and a glossary to aid implementation

RTI for Diverse Learners offers step-by-step guidance for distinguishing between language development and special education needs in diverse students and providing appropriate instruction.

Table of Contents


About the Author

  1. Framework for Instructional Intervention With Diverse Learners
    • What Is Response to Intervention?
    • Figure 1: Example of the Three Tier Model
    • Figure 2: Example of the Four Tier Model
    • Figure 3: Continuous Problem Solving Model
    • Figure 4: Pyramid of Resiliency, Instruction and Strategy Monitoring
    • Asking the Right Questions
    • What Information Do We Need?
    • How Should We Use the Information?
    • Providing Some Context
  2. Tier 1 Interventions
    • Introduction to the Tier 1 Instructional Focus
    • Progress Monitoring at Tier 1
    • Figure 5: Example of Progress Monitoring
    • So What do I do with an ELL Student at Tier 1: Interventions
    • Example from Classroom Practice
    • Readiness and Resiliency Issues at Tier 1
    • Communication Issues at Tier 1
    • Literacy Issues at Tier 1
    • Behavior Issues at Tier 1
    • Cognitive Issues at Tier 1
  3. Tier 2 Interventions
    • Introduction to Tier 2 Instructional Focus
    • Progress Monitoring at Tier 2
    • Figure 6: Progress Monitoring at Tier 2
    • So What do I do with an ELL Student at Tier 2 Interventions
    • Example from Classroom Practice
    • Adaptation and Development Issues at Tier 2
    • Communication Issues at Tier 2
    • Literacy Issues at Tier 2
    • Behavior Issues at Tier 2
    • Cognitive Issues at Tier 2
  4. Tier 3 Interventions
    • Introduction to Tier 3 Instructional Focus
    • Progress Monitoring at Tier 3
    • Figure 7: Progress Monitoring of Diverse Concerns at Tier 3
    • So What do I do with an ELL Student at Tier 3: Intervention
    • Example from Classroom Practice
    • Communication Issues at Tier 3
    • Literacy Issues at Tier 3
    • Behavior Issues at Tier 3
    • Cognitive Issues at Tier 3
  5. Tier 4 Interventions
    • Introduction to Tier 4 Instructional Focus
    • Progress Monitoring at Tier 4
    • So What do I do with an ELL Student at Tier 4: Interventions
    • Example from Classroom Practice
    • Adapting Interventions for ELL/CLD Students in Individualized Special Programs
  6. In Conclusion
    • References
    • Glossary
    • Index

"A user-friendly and highly practical book full of research-based intervention strategies for teachers who are implementing RTI programs for second-language learners and other culturally diverse students."
- Leonard Baca, Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

"Like Collier's other books, this one provides an essential resource for teachers, particularly those who work with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students along the continuum fo needs. Collier not only explains some of the current pitfalls and challenges related to the traditional assessment and intervention process, but also expounds on the reasons tiered interventions are rapidly becoming a highly regarded practice in the educational community. This easy-to-understand, practical book helps teachers put clear guidelines, effective collaboration, and appropriate decision-making processes in place to distinguish between students who are merely in the process of second-language acquisition and those who have genuine special education needs."
- Amy Mazur, Lead Faculty for Bilingual Special Education, Professor of Special Education, The George Washington University

"Collier has crafted an indispensible resource for school districts faced with increasing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Many of these students arrive with issues that seem to indicate disability. In this book, Collier provides research-based and classroom-proven intervention strategies that allow schools to effectively address learning and adaptation issues of diverse students. By using these strategies within an RTI model, school teams can ensure that the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students are appropriately identified and addressed."
- Laura Lukens, ELL Program Coordinator, North Kansas City Schools, MO