I am glad you asked! At Ki-Be Elementary, we have chosen to follow the Response to Intervention model.
One definition of RtI states that it is a "new movement that shifts the responsibility for helping all students become successful from the special education teachers and curriculum to the entire staff, including special and regular education teachers and curriculum. This seismic shift in educational policy culminated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2004" (page 2, Pyramid Response to Intervention, Buffum, Mattos and Weber, 2009).
Basically, our staff has chosen to work TOGETHER to meet the academic needs of our students. In order to accomplish this, we have built in time to our Master Schedule called, "Communities". This is when the classroom teachers, along with our intervention teachers, EAs and other staff, work with students to fill in the skill gaps that students may have. We are coming together as one community for our students. In our schedule, each grade level has a 45-minute block for Communities.
In Communities, students are divided into groups based on their data. The smaller the group, the more intense the instruction is. Students who are above grade level use this time to extend their learning beyond the curriculum.
Click on topics to your left for more information about RtI and how we use it at Ki-Be.