Response to Instruction (RTI)

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We know that every child learns differently and at his or her own pace. The District is building time into the instructional day so that teachers can provide students with extra academic support or challenge. This block of time, called Response to Instruction (RTI), is in place at all elementary schools and middle schools.

RTI benefits students because its data-driven instruction and regular progress-monitoring help tailor instruction to what students need. RTI is not extension of core curriculum; rather exposure to different formats to increase or enhance student understanding. In the 2-3 years of its implementation, the District has seen much success with its Response to Instruction (RTI) program. 

RTI is a great structure to use to meet both our goal of NGSS-based, hands-on, high-quality science education for every student and provide small-group enrichment and intervention in literacy for every student. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)  are inquiry-based, with hands-on learning components and scientific thinking practices. These standards place a greater emphasis on helping students understand the content of science, as well as the processes and practices used to apply new scientific knowledge.  Your elementary school’s STEAM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) teacher will focus on hands-on K-5 science during RTI time, while your classroom or grade level teacher provides small-group support and enrichment.

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