A collaborative relationship with your child’s teachers and others involved in his or her education makes it easier to advocate for your child. This includes developing a productive partnership with teachers, attending school meetings and asking questions about your child’s progress (including Response to Intervention, or RTI). Make sure your child knows that everyone is working as a team to ensure his or her success.
The Parent’s Guide to RTI includes: Parent Perspectives: Real-world examples from parents who have experience with RTI, Tiered Intervention 101: Concise explanations of the tiered model and why it works, Sample Intervention Plans: Print out your own sample intervention plan, Checklists and Worksheets: Print out documents that will help guide you through the process and more! More >
This NCLD report, Roadmap to Pre-K RTI: Applying Response to Intervention in Preschool Settings, provides 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. More >
The adoption of the Response-to-Intervention (RTI) approach (often called a multi-tiered system of support) can improve the support of students with learning and behavior needs and can lead to earlier identification of students who have true disabilities and are in need of special education services. More >
Our e-book, 50 Questions About LD, is filled with answers to common LD questions. Topics include: how to deal with the “LD” label, RTI and working with your child’s school, the emotional impact of learning disabilities at school and home, preparing teens for college and work, and related issues like ADHD and giftedness. More >
NCLD’s RTI Action Network has developed this guide for parents and schools involved in implementing response-to-intervention (RTI) in the elementary grades. For specific info on parents’ rights, download our Parent Rights in the Era of RTI PDF. More >
“As a teacher that parent partnership is essential to your child’s success.” Special education teacher and learning disabilities expert Meg Randall explains effective strategies parents of children with learning disabilities can use when communicating with teachers. Dont miss this insightful video! More >
What is Response to Intervention, and what do parents need to know about RTI? Former Chief Academic Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School Distrcit, Judy Elliott, PhD, discusses this important topic. More >
Schools across the nation are working hard to ensure that all students are provided the best possible educational experiences during their pre-K through grade 12 years, and in doing so, are faced with enormous challenges. Even without taking into account such variables as the many doz... More >
Your child is your number one priority, and in a perfect world you could give them everything they need.But let's face it — you cannot do it alone. The best way to support your child's needs is to build and maintain a strong, positive relationship with all the people at school who ... More >
I am the father of two special needs children. My older child has a smorgasbord of attributes that interfere with learning, including emotional, behavioral and specific learning disabilities. I have specially designed armor I wear when attending any school meeting for him. I am also ... More >
Response to Intervention (RTI) is not a new idea. In fact, features of this approach to teaching have been around for more than 20 years under names like Teacher Assistance Team Model, Pre-Referral Intervention Model, Mainstream Assistance Team Model, School-Based Consultation Team Mo... More >
Our children’s progress is being monitored constantly at school, through the steady stream of homework assignments, quizzes, tests, projects and standardized tests. On first hearing the term “student progress monitoring,” our initial reaction may be “they’re doing this alre... More >
Is the school using Response to Intervention (RTI) to provide extra help to struggling students?
How does the school determine that all students are receiving high-quality instruction?
(If large numbers of students are not making acceptable progress, the instructional program sh... More >
The first parent-teacher conference of the school year provides a great opportunity for you and your child's teacher to share insights and information. At this meeting, you can develop a relationship with the teacher and present yourself as a team player in your child's education. If ... More >
In their book, A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed, Linda Wilmshurst and Alan Brue address how recent changes in the federal special education law (IDEA 2004) and other federal laws can impact special educati... More >
Communication between parents and educators is a good thing — no one would argue that. When families and schools share their expectations, their values about learning and behavior, and their views on roles and responsibilities, students learn more and both parents and school perso... More >
If you have a child who is receiving special education services, you're more than likely to be very involved with your child's school and teacher — including planning, reviewing, and assessing your child's educational program. Over time, you will learn a lot about the special educa... More >
It's important to establish and maintain strong home-school communications to get the best help for your child. Use this checklist as a guide to get you started.
Keep communications open with your child's teacher, and listen carefully if she describes problems with aspects of you... More >
In this Parent Perspective, Jody, the father of two special needs children (both of which have emotional, behavioral and specific learning disabilities), shares tips on how to participate successfully in school meetings.As an educational advocate for foster children, he regularly atte... More >
With increasing frequency, schools across the country are using a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) or multi-tiered system of instructional support. These instructional approaches rely on the use of progress monitoring tools to determine whether children are making adequate progress. Pro... More >
You and your child are gearing up for (or have just started) the new school year, and it’s probably an exciting but somewhat anxiety-ridden time for both of you. Rest assured that this is true for most families dealing with the challenges of LD. Certain scenarios can create unusuall... More >
When working with your child’s teachers to assure that your child gets everything he or she needs to be successful in school, you’re bound to run into obstacles. First, your child with learning disabilities (LD) is likely to have more than one teacher, and sometimes that fact alon... More >
We asked our lively Facebook community to ask us questions about Response to Invention (RTI). The following expert answers come from leaders of NCLD’s RTI Action Network, including School Transformation Director Stevan J. Kukic, Ph.D. If you have more questions about RTI, please pos... More >
Every profession has its fair share of jargon and the world of education is no exception. Conversations about educational practice are peppered with acronyms such as IDEA, RTI, MTSS, and CBM, all of which are important, but its not surprising that parents (and others) feel bombarded b... More >
At a Glance
Frequent homework issues could be a sign of trouble at school.
A change in your child’s attitude about school could be another telltale sign.
Communicating your concerns early can sometimes head off bigger problems.
Have you ever wanted to call ... More >
Sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it. If you want to effectively communicate with your child’s teacher, try these sentence starters.
“I’m concerned about my child’s…”
Saying “I’m concerned about my child’s progress in math” is a lot less confron... More >
Developing a good relationship with your child’s teacher will make it easier for you to share concerns and work together to help your child succeed. Here are some tips for building a partnership.
Meet with the teacher and staff early in the school year.
Consider meeting even bef... More >
Competency-Based Education (CBE) is a system of personalized learning where students master specific knowledge and skills at their own pace. CBE is being implemented or explored in over 30 states around the country, but there is little guidance on how to best meet the needs of student... More >
School discipline is a big concern for parents of students with learning and attention issues. As recent guidelines from the Department of Education point out, schools are suspending minority students and students with disabilities at unreasonably high rates. But how can people change... More >