Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. (RTI Action Network)

Across grades K-8, we incorporate block time for response-to-intervention (RtI) actions to address remedial needs, deepen students’ understanding of concepts and skills, reinforce classroom content, and challenge gifted students. This targeted instruction falls into three tiers. Tier I activities take place in the classroom, led by the classroom teacher. In Tier II, interventionists work with specific students in smaller groups, inside and outside the classroom, to support, reteach, reinforce, frontload or expand on information. In Tier III, interventionists work with students in very small ratios for intense, targeted teaching.  If students continue to struggle at Tier III, a referral for special education evaluation may be recommended.

We believe all students have a right to an education that enables them to progress at a satisfactory level, even when the curriculum is standardized across grade levels or by department. When a student experiences academic, emotional, social or developmental difficulties that interfere with this progress, we work to address the concern in the most relevant but least intrusive manner. Parents or staff members can request a Student Support Intervention Team (SSIT) meeting to develop and implement an intervention plan to foster success for any child who is struggling academically, socially or behaviorally. Parents, as their child’s first and primary educator, are invaluable partners in this process and are invited to attend SSIT meetings. 

Cori Christian
Reading Specialist

My name is Cori Christian and the 2015-16 school year marks the beginning of my 12th year of teaching.  I am very excited about beginning my first year as the Reading Specialist at 21st Century Preparatory School. Teaching has always been a true passion of mine! I enjoy working with your children every day!  In combination with teaching third grade I am also a mother of two beautiful little girls and a sweet baby boy! They keep me busy playing at the park, reading books, riding bikes, painting, and baking!  I am also working toward my master’s degree in Language and Literacy through Cardinal Stritch University.  My goal as the reading specialist is to help our struggling students make progress toward reaching their goals and becoming proficient readers.  I also hope to increase family involvement in student literacy through facilitating literacy events and providing effective resources.  I am excited to begin my new position and encourage students LOVE of READING!