Monthly Archives: April 2010

A Colorado district adapts RTI to its needs and instructional philosophy and sees early signs of success.

Education Week,  April 12, 2010

Located on the east boundary of Denver, Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city. It has a student population of 34,000 and operates 54 schools. Aurora faces the challenges of many urban districts: Sixty-four percent of its students receive free or reduced lunch and 34 percent are English-language learners who, all told, speak 95 different languages.

Since RTI is mandated by Colorado, using the framework was not a choice for Aurora. But district instructional leader Charlotte Butler believes that the 10 or more years the district has spent emphasizing “good first instruction”—informed, reflective instruction that is often synonymous with Tier 1 best practice—and student progress monitoring has helped to smooth the K-12 transition to RTI. “We’re already far along the road, in terms of what we already have in place to support all students as learners,” she explains.”

This is an excellent article on a successful implementation of RTI (Response To Intervention).  Please follow this link for the article.

Please follow this link for details on how the Aurora School District implemented RTI.