Articles

Title Considerations When Selecting a Reading Program
Author

Access Center (2004)

Summary

Provides an overview of the five essential components of an effective reading program and discusses how to integrate each component with variables or practices associated with effective instruction and assessment.

Links

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/4181/

Title Selecting a Scientifically Based Core Curriculum for Tier 1
Author

Hughes, C., & Dexter, D.

Summary

The purpose of this article is to provide guidelines to help educators select interventions/curriculum within Tier 1 of an RtI model. It defines Tier 1 and SBR and relates the findings of the National Reading Panel regarding the five key components of an early literacy instruction with the need for programs that has been supported by scientific evidence. It also discusses the need to use SBR to inform decisions in other curriculum areas besides literacy, although research in other content areas is less developed.

Links

http://www.rtinetwork.org/learn/research/selectingcorecurriculum-tier1

Guidance Documents

Title A Consumer’s Guide to Evaluating a Core Reading Program Grades K-3: A Critical Elements Analysis
Author

Simmons,D.C. & Kame’enui, E. (2003)

Summary

Provides a series of guidelines to help educators evaluate key features of a core reading program for students in grades 1-3.

Links

cons_guide_instr_2003.pdf

Title Designing and Delivering Intensive Interventions: A Teacher Toolkit
Author

Murray, C.S., Coleman, M., Vaughn, S., Wanzek, J., Roberts, G. (2012)

Summary

A practice guide published by The Center on Instruction. It presents activities and resources to help school personnel construct and implement reading and mathematics interventions for students in grades k-12.

Links

http://www.centeroninstruction.org/designing-and-delivering-intensive-interventions-a-teachers-toolkit 

Modules

Title Using Student Center Activities to Differentiate Reading Instruction: A Guide for Teachers
Author

Kosanovich, M., Weinstein, C., Goldman, E. (2009)

Summary

A practice guide written by staff from the Florida Center for Reading Research and published by the Center on Instruction. It offers a wide range of K-5 student-centered activities teachers can ise to differentiate reading activities. The activities are organized according to the five critical elements of the reading process.

Links

http://www.centeroninstruction.org/using-student-center-activities-to-differentiate-reading-instruction-a-guide-for-teachers 

Power Point Presentations

Title Core Instruction
Author

IRA Commission on RtI:  Lipson, M., Connor, C., Costello, K., & Marinak, B. (2010)

Summary

A powerpoint presentation, based on a March 2010 webinar,  that highlights key elements of good core instruction. Presentation begins with a general overview of RtI before reviewing guidelines on instruction within and RtI framework. Distinguishes between what is and what is not a strong core literacy program and lists essential instructional decisions to be made relative to long-term goals, instructional outcomes, organization/scheduling, methods, materials, assessment and differentiation.

Links

RTI_Webinar_3.IRA.pdf

Title Differentiating Instruction
Author

IRA Commission on RtI:  Valencia, S., Connor, C., Laster, B. (2010)

Summary

A powerpoint presentation, based on a March 2010 webinar that begins with a review of RtI and a rationale for differentiation based on existing empirical evidence.  Emphasizes the use of multiple assessment measures to group students according to need and the necessity of planning for differentiation. Discusses different ways to differentiate instruction and provides an Adaptation Framework that supports  planning for differentiation.

Links

RTI_Webinar_4_Differentiating_Instruction.IRA.pdf

Title How Does Small-group Reading Instruction in Tier I Differ From Small Group Reading Instruction in Tier II?
Author

Bell Morris, P., Pallais, D., & Walker, K.

Summary

Describes differentiated instruction and how to vary instruction to meet student needs. As each tier is described, an accompanying video illustrates key conceptual features.

Links

http://www.pcboe.net/les/elderweb/READING%20COACH%20FILES/Tiered%20Instruction/texas_RtI.pdf

Tools

Title Student Center Activities
Author

Florida Center for Reading Research (2005)

Summary

Provides access to a wide range of reading activities organized by reading element and grade level for the purposes of helping teachers differentiate reading instruction.  Each activity lists specific objective, needed materials, and detailed directions.   All materials needed to implement each activity is all provided. 

Links

http://www.fcrr.org/curriculum/SCAindex.shtm

Webcasts

Title Establishing an Effective Reading Program
Author

Shanahan, T., Lyon, R., & Parker, C. (2005)

Summary

Online webcast designed to inform the viewer about choosing reading programs that coincide with state and federal requirements under NCLB. Discusses using SBR to inform educational practices and specific literacy elements that need to be developed in order for reading success.

Links

http://www.readingrockets.org/webcasts/2005#program

Webinars

Title Differentiated Tools and Strategies to Support RtI in Language Arts/Social Studies
Author

Ms. Kathy Glass

Summary

Kathy Glass explains how Response to Intervention (RTI) provides a roadmap for implementing differentiated instruction (DI) in the language arts or social studies classroom. She defines differentiation and shares several practical DI tools, strategies, and assessments, such as: engaging instructional strategies for all learners, tiered instruction, Role-Audience-Format-Topic (RAFT), exit cards and dialectical journals. Ms. Glass will also share differentiated assessments and address how teachers may formulate differentiated assessments that allow students to demonstrate knowledge in a way that highlights student achievement.

Links

http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/4332  

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