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Washington School Continues to Be A Model for Others

On 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.

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The 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."

Reindl 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."

The 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.

"Thank 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 work!"

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."

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 29, 2008