Educator Resources
Opportunities for Professional Development  

This course, located on the Personnel Development Portal (PDPortal), provides an introduction to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Specifically, the course provides an overview of an MTSS, describes the critical components of multi-tiered instruction and intervention for academics (e.g., reading) and behavior, describes the problem-solving process and how it used to make data-based decisions about instruction and intervention, and discusses how an MTSS relates to special education eligibility and processes. Additionally, case studies are provided for participants to apply what they learned about an MTSS. To enroll, register or log into the PDPortal and select the course.

The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) developed a series of learning modules for implementers of Response to Intervention (RTI). The learning modules are intended to provide foundational knowledge about the essential components of RTI and to build an understanding about the importance of RTI implementation. They were adapted as self-paced and downloadable versions of the RTI Implementer Series Training Modules upon which they are based. Each self-paced learning module includes:

  • Learning Module (live version and downloadable version)
  • Learning Module Transcript
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Handouts
  • Training Manual

The NCRTI has also created Webinars for you to view at any time that works best for you and Training Modules that can be used for self learning as well as shared in professional development settings to increase the understanding of the components of problem solving and data-based decision making among all staff.

The National Center on Intensive Intervention offers webinars presented by experts in the field of special education and data-based individualization in academics and behavior.

  • Using Academic Progress Monitoring for Individualized Instructional Planning
    This webinar from the National Center on Intensive Intervention provides a step by step walk through of the process for using progress monitoring data to make instructional decisions for individual students and provides student level examples.

  • Monitoring Student Progress for Behavioral Interventions
    This webinar discusses methods for collecting behavioral data, procedures for examining behavioral data, and discussed using behavioral progress monitoring to make programming decisions. Of particular focus is (a) defining progress monitoring, (b) methods available for progress monitoring, including but not limited to Direct Behavior Rating (DBR), and  (c) ways to examine progress monitoring data and make decisions about instruction and behavioral interventions.

In this brief, authors Joseph Torgesen, Jane Granger Meadows, and Patricia Howard discuss how objective student performance data can guide, focus, and set priorities for the professional development of teachers. The authors list key issues to using data for these purposes and discuss DIBELS specifically. They provide strategies to be used concurrently with professional development in order to improve reading outcomes.

Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) Warehouse is a service of Intervention Central. CBM Warehouse offers resources for professional development, such as training manuals and handouts related to screening, progress monitoring and delivery of effective interventions.

The Center on Instruction is a gateway to a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning. Part of the Comprehensive Center network, the Center on Instruction is one of five content centers serving as resources for the 16 regional U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers. This link will take you directly to the section containing professional development modules and training materials.

The IRIS Center provides free, online, interactive training enhancements to be used in both college and university courses and in professional development activities for practicing educators and administrators. A five-part training module on response to intervention is available. The module incorporates a combination of a challenge, interactive activities, and multiple opportunities for sharing, assessment, and revision.

The RTI Action Network offers various Web-based training opportunities, both archived and upcoming, to develop your skills and increase your knowledge of effective practices related to problem solving and data-based decision making. Take advantage of these online forums and webinars at your convenience.

Early Childhood RtI

National researchers provide early childhood experts, policy makers, advocates, and others an explanation of how the essential components of RTI — universal screening and progress-monitoring with research-based, tiered interventions — can be applied in preschool settings. By The National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Provides information about current research, components of an RtI for preschool system, and resources, sample interventions, and presentations.