RtI Basics For Parents

RtI Basics For Parents

The Response to Intervention (RtI) process is a fairly new venture in Canby. In an effort to provide the best possible support for children and parents, this resource page may help to provide a more clear picture of the RtI process.

RtI Basics
What is RtI?
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Students' progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or both.

What Should I Know If My Child Is Receiving Reading Support Through The RtI Process?
Tips for parents
Parent involvement is a huge key to student success. Parents should expect consistent, organized, and meaningful two-way communication between school staff with regard to student progress and related school activities. Through this communication, parents are enabled to play an important role in their child's education by assisting in the learning and by being involved in decision making as it affects tier-level instruction to increase their child's achievement. In an RTI setting, parents should expect to receive information about their children's needs, the interventions that are being used, who is delivering the instruction, and the academic progress expected for their child. Frequent communication with the school, receipt of regular progress (or lack of progress) information, and participation in decision making should provide parents the information needed to determine whether their child should be referred for a special education evaluation.

What Can I Do To Help?
Additional ways to support your child in their reading development
1. It's the most important thing you can do to help you child succeed. Research evidence shows that your involvement in your child's reading and learning is more important than anything else in helping them to fulfil their potential.
2. Books contain new words that will help build your child's language and understanding. Children who are familiar with books and stories before they start school are better prepared to cope with the demands of formal literacy teaching.
3. Reading together is fun and helps build relationships.
4. The impact lasts a lifetime. Readers are more confident and have greater job opportunities. 5. Children learn by example, so if they see you reading, they are likely to want to join in. Reading with children, or talking about what they have read, is a wonderful way to show that it is an important and valued way to spend free time.

More tips for reading with your child:
1.Encourage your child to read to you. Follow the words with your finger and sound out the words (c-a-t: cat).
2.Be positive. Praise your child for trying hard at their reading. It's all right to make mistakes.
3.It's not just books. Point out all the words around you: labels on food, street signs, etc. 4.Keep in touch with your child's school and ask their teacher for suggestions on how you can help with reading and writing.
5.Read yourself. Set a good example by reading for pleasure and talking about the reading you do at work and home. Find your family's top five reads. Ask everyone in your family to name their favorite reads - it could be a book, magazine, comic or newspaper. Involve grandparents, cousins etc.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Reading Specialist at your child's school.