Develop Your Intervention Strategy In 7 Steps
Allocating time and resources to building your intervention team can yield big rewards. Most schools have either a formal or an informal intervention team based on their unique circumstances and resources.
Using a response-to-intervention (RTI) or multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework for intervention allows teachers to focus on assessing the needs of students and incorporating student performance data in an equitable way.
Universal screening and ongoing digital progress monitoring provide data about students’ levels of achievement. This data helps determine which students need closer monitoring or intervention.
Online programs like Istation provide automatic student assessment data that helps educators measure the effectiveness of both instruction and interventions.
7 Steps to Creating a Strong Intervention Strategy in Your School or District
The following seven recommendations can be individualized to suit any configuration of intervention teams.
- Engage your stakeholders. A blended learning approach using data to benchmark and monitor student progress requires more than one champion. Leadership and teachers all need to be on board. Explain the why of using data to reach student, school, and district learning goals. Comprehensive initial training will help teachers understand how to support student growth with data. Ongoing professional development and teacher collaboration build a shared culture.
- Put systems in place. In addition to the appropriate technology support and professional development, make sure the primary data leader is a good communicator and can coach teachers to make data a priority. Establish regular communication with parents and feedback for teachers.
- Set expectations. The data leader reinforces the power of using data to impact instruction. Schedule regular data-review sessions so teachers can learn to support each other as well as their students by diving deep into the data.
- Hold data meetings monthly. The more professional development you provide teachers, the better they will be able to drill down into the data to ensure that learning goals continue to be met. Focus on the importance of student data so that teachers don’t feel this process is a waste of their time. Ensure teachers have sufficient support as they learn how to address each student’s needs — especially when those needs are critical.
- Empower teachers. Help teachers know what they’re looking for in the data reports. The goal is for teachers to become data experts on their students, to know how to review the reports themselves, and to adjust instruction to accommodate. Coaching is the key to successful implementations.
- Generate enthusiasm. As an ongoing practice, encourage teacher behaviors you want to embed into your school culture. Seeing the growth of students is a huge motivator. Students themselves get motivated by being able to track their own growth through their teachers. Encourage parents to stay in touch with their student’s progress.
- Celebrate Success. As teachers and students meet benchmarks and growth goals, find ways to celebrate. Celebrating success boosts morale for teachers and students, reinforces the role of data-driven instruction in your school, and contributes to a positive school culture. Discover these 3 steps to implement teacher morale boosters in your school.
Download Istation’s free white paper “7 Steps to Supporting Your Intervention Team.” It offers strategies and best practices to make sure intervention teams in your school or district are prepared to make informed decisions to close gaps, differentiate instruction, and ensure powerful growth.