Response to Intervention

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Mission of the Blissfield Community Schools is to provide a learning environment that will challenge students to become life-long learners and productive citizens.  The teachers and staff utilize the best teaching practices as well as researched based interventions for all students.  We know that students do not come to us as “one size fits all” learners, and have different learning styles and rates.   At times we identify struggling students.  When this happens Blissfield Schools use a Response to Intervention (RtI) model to support students.  This approach is a process for monitoring progress and making adjustments to instruction.  The RtI approach is included in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

 

RtI has two purposes:

1.    Early identification of children needed help in the core curriculum (reading, writing, and math), and early intervention for those children needing additional instruction with frequent monitoring of their progress.

2.    Identification of children who, even when they receive extra help, do not respond to interventions in the classroom.  Then we provide more frequent and more intense small group or individualized instruction as necessary with frequent monitoring of their progress.

 

During this process your child may have contact with additional support staff in conjunction with their general education teacher.  This may involve small group and/or one-on-one instruction which could include behavioral, speech and language, counseling, or curriculum interventions.

 

The RtI approach is a collaborative, systematic approach for identifying and addressing student needs.  In addition, it maximizes the use of all resources and staff in the school.  The focus is on meeting the many and diverse needs of children.      

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school for more information.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Michael Valasek

Elementary Principal