The focus of our school for the past few years has been to ensure that “Failure Is Not an Option” for our students. We have studied the six principles of highly effective schools and implemented many programs to help reach all students. Last school year, we studied and began implementation of RtI, which stands for Response to Intervention.
What does this mean for you and your student? It means that every student will be evaluated on a continual basis to make sure progress is being made in their learning. If a student is struggling, the teacher will choose an intervention to help the student get back on track. The teacher will then continue to monitor the students’ progress and see if the intervention is working (if the student is responding to the intervention). If not, then a different intervention will be tried. This process will continue and the interventions will become more intense so that eventually we reach our goal of all ensuring that we have provided every opportunity for students to be successful in the program that is most appropriate for them. This RtI process will also help identify students who are proficient and allow teachers to provide additional learning opportunities to challenge them.
For the 2010-11 school year, we have continued to work on implementing the academic aspect of RtI as described, but have also started to learn more about behavior interventions. We started implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) a few years ago, but have had the chance to examine this structure and fine tune that work this year. We have a K-12 Aggie Improvement Team for Behavior that has collected both data and research this year to develop a plan to fully implement PBIS and an anti-bullying plan for the 11-12 school year. Monitoring behavior is also part of the RtI framework. The staff has had support-in the way of training and resources- from Ingham Intermediate School District, as all of Ingham County has partnered in the implementation of RtI.