I am so excited to be your child's Title 1 Intervention teacher this year at Arlington Elementary School, and I look forward to helping your student with his or her challenges in reading/math. Three times a year, each student is given a universal screening assessment to identify and address the needs of each student, as well as to understand and maximize their potential. These screenings are part of RTI2, Response to Instruction and Intervention, which is a tiered instruction program used for all students. This multi-tier approach allows educators to efficiently address the educational needs of students who may require additional support and/or other types of instruction. When a student's scores show that he/she may be experiencing some challenges in reading/math, it is my job to provide additional assistance in a small group setting to meet the needs of the student.
Sometimes difficulties in reading can be attributed to characteristics that are associated with dyslexia. When students struggle with phonological related reading areas, dyslexia-specific interventions may be effective to address the skill deficit. Students requiring intervention in these areas do not necessarily have dyslexia but could benefit from this type of instructional support.
While all students receive core reading, math, and writing instruction in the general education classroom (Tier 1), students whose screenings show they need more assistance receive intervention in RTI2 Tier II or Tier III. Your child's progress will continue to be monitored every two weeks. Recommendations for accommodations, interventions, and specific programs will be developed, monitored, and communicated with you through our school's problem-solving teams. Reports on your child's progress will be sent to you at least every four and a half weeks. It is our goal to provide the best instruction and materials to help your child succeed.
We encourage you, as the parent or guardian, to ask your child to share his/her reading/math work with you regularly. Be sure to encourage your child to do his/her best and let them know that you believe in his or her ability to improve. If you have questions, feel free contact your child's teacher.