NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Response to Intervention (RtI) - Changing How We Do Business

EDUC 600




Instructor: Tammy Berg

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $345

Class Offered Through S.C.T. Continuing Education Services

Course Description:

This course is a great introduction to Response to Intervention as well as a comprehensive guide to implementing a schoolwide response to intervention (RtI) programs. This course is geared to helping practitioners understand and respond to No Child Left Behind and to the new special education eligibility guidelines outlined in IDEIA 2004. Presented within this course are the theoretical and empirical foundations of the approach and a clear, 10-step model for conducting RtI procedures with students experiencing learning difficulties. Special features include reproducible planning and implementation worksheets and case studies that show the benefits and outcomes of Response to Intervention.  This course will help you become a resource person as districts begin adding RtI programs to their buildings.  In the near future, mandates will create the need for educators to be knowledgeable about the process of implementing interventions in the classroom. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to improve education for ALL students within the Response to Intervention framework.  


As a result of participation in this course, students will:

1. Identify the key features of Response to Intervention (RtI).
2. Sequence the historical context of RtI.
3. Review the connection of RtI to NCLB and IDEIA.
4. Interpret the impact of RtI on Special and Regular Education students.
5. Show the movement of RtI from the Discrepancy Model in the area Special Education.
6. Research the rationale for requiring an evidence base for interventions.
7. Characterize how to use RtI procedures for assessment of academic difficulties.
8. Report how RtI becomes a part of Special Education eligibility decision making.
9. List the various RtI reporting methods.
10. Demonstrate how RtI will affect them as an educator.
11. Organize knowledge, skills, and other resources for using RtI methods in schools.

Required Text / Readings:

The required reading is found in the following texts and article reprints:

Brown-Chidsey, R., & Steege, M.. (2010).  Response to intervention: Principles and strategies for effective practice, 2nd Edition.  New York:  Guilford Press.

Hilton, A. (2007).  Response to intervention: changing how we do business.  Leadership, 36, 16-19.

Mesmer, E., & Mesmer, H. (2008). Response to intervention (RTI): What teachers of reading need to know.  The Reading Teacher, 62(4), 280-290.

About The Instructor

Tammy Berg
Tammy Berg

Tammy Berg has earned her M.S. in Education and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Tammy is a licensed school counselor in Wisconsin. She has over 14 years of experience in school counseling.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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