The delivery of traditional school psychology services is being challenged. Educational agencies are moving away from the “refer-test-place” model to a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. School psychology trainees are expected to have knowledge of evidence-based practices/interventions, knowledge of implementing these strategies at the individual, building and local level, and the ability to consult effectively with other educational professionals. In meeting the demands of RTI implementation, Instructional Consultation provides a viable model for supporting educators as they support students.
No longer are educational agencies bound to the IQ/Achievement model of identifying students for services. Reauthorization of IDEA suggests that, “in determining whether a child has a specific learning disability, a local educational agency may use a process that determines if the child responds to scientific, research based intervention as a part of the evaluation procedures (Brown-Chidsey & Steege, 2005).” However, given the new mandate, several questions continue to plague educational professionals.
Some of these questions are:
What is RTI?
What makes an intervention effective?
How long should an intervention be implemented?
What is meant by evidence-based intervention or practice?
Who determines what is considered evidence?
Who is responsible for collecting the data?
Is the school psychologist, special education teacher, classroom teacher, or reading specialist responsible for designing & implementing the intervention?
Where can we find evidence-based interventions for reading, mathematics, and writing?
When will children qualify for services under the proposed model?
Are RTI strategies viable at the middle and high school level?
What should be the school psychologist’s role in implementing RTI at the school and/or district level?
What interventions are available for ELL students?
During the semester, it is the goal of this course to explore the policies and procedures for developing, implementing, and monitoring effective academic interventions for reading, writing, and mathematics via Instructional Consultation techniques.
Purpose of this website
The purpose of this website is to showcase the permanent products produced by students enrolled in courses I teach. In the past, students have produced intervention resource guides and intervention kits that have been passed down to fellow students. The goal of this website is to share resources with current, past students and anyone interested in intervention planning and implementation.