Response to Intervention (RtI) at SMCISD

  • SMCISD is committed to providing the highest quality differentiated instruction, using best practices and interventions to match individual student needs in the following ways:


    • Building positive relationship with students
    • Promoting justice and equity in the classroom (with consideration for cultural and ethnic diversity among students)
    • Providing diversity of instructional styles and assessment styles implemented
    • Implementing student-centered collaboration, discussion, exploration, discovery, and creation
    • Providing mentorship and opportunities for student leadership
    • Cultivating a learning environment with relevant, meaningful, real world applications  
    • Facilitating higher level questioning and critical thinking forums, such as socratic style
    • Implementing the strategies of The Fundamental Five, by Sean Cain and Mike Liard, to promote student engagement


    • Offering students in same class different teaching and learning strategies (focusing on assessment data and knowledge of student readiness, learning styles, language, and culture)
    • Utilizing mixed instructional / small groups, team teaching, peer tutoring, and accommodations to ensure learning accessibility for all students


    • Designing curriculum and interventions to ensure that all students reach their fullest potential within a school-wide learning community
    • Utilizing progress monitoring and evaluation of outcomes to drive individualized instruction
    • Making decisions to provide academic and behavioral supports that meet students’ targeted needs

Desired Outcomes

  • The goal of implementing Response to Intervention is increased student achievement in order to:  

    • Maximum Tier 1 core instruction; Tier 2 & 3 strategic and intensive interventions, and behavioral supports for all students
    • Targeted instruction and early intervention for at-risk students
    • Increase positive student behavior
    • Increase graduation rate
    • Decrease dropout rate
    • Decrease discipline referrals, suspensions, and expulsions
    • Improve attendance rates
    • Increased positive attitude toward school and academics
    • Improved integrity of academic and behavioral interventions through fidelity monitoring of implementation
Last Modified on August 2, 2017