Tuesday, December 16th, Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy
hosted staff from the New Berlin School District and from Schenk
Elementary School, which is part of the Madison School District.
administrators, school psychologists, and teachers from New Berlin came
to see how Washington is implementing Response to Intervention. Brian
Reindl, Washington literacy coach, commented, "Response to Intervention
(RtI) is a process for achieving higher levels of academic and
behavioral success for all students through high quality instructional
practice, continuous review of student progress, and collaboration. RtI
is a part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
reauthorization that was signed into law in 2004."
added, "Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy uses The
Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) which is a well-coordinated,
seamless design for providing intervention services in literacy-related
areas to struggling learners. The intervention components include
individual and small group interventions that align with the classroom
curriculum. The CIM is a research-based model for meeting the
intentions of the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach. System
interventions are designed to intervene into inappropriate patterns and
redirect the responses to more efficient and constructive outcome."
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Reading Recovery teachers,
intervention teachers, and classroom teachers from Schenk Elementary
School were interested in how Washington was implementing the Partners
in Comprehensive Literacy Model and also RTI.
A follow-up email from the staff at Schenk Elementary summarizes their visit.
you for the wonderful experience today. You have so much to be proud
of. Your school rocks!! Immediately we sensed a warm, inviting climate.
The teachers appeared invested and proud of their school. The seamless
focus on literacy learning K-5 is evident. We were so inspired today
that we want to get more teachers inspired. You're doing such great
Katie Meyer, Washington's other literacy
coach, commented, "Right now we are turning away about 4-5 site visit
requests per week, mostly from within the state. It is amazing the
amount of interest out there in both the Partners in Comprehensive
Literacy Model (PCL) and what we are doing for Response to Intervention
(RTI). We only wish we could say yes to everyone."