Below is a primer about Response to Intervention (RtI) volunteer support:
WHAT DOES A RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION TUTOR DO?
- Works with targeted students at different grade levels.
- Uses structured, scientifically proven tutoring methods in either reading or math.
- Works one-on-one with a student for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
- Tracks student progress on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
- Works with the student on the same intervention until sufficient progress is made.
- Is supervised by the schools’ Response to Intervention Coaches, not a classroom teacher.
- Works with 4 to 6 students during the volunteer session.
An intervention is instruction/tutoring with a student that specifically targets areas in which a student struggles. If a student struggles with reading comprehension, they will work on an intervention that will help them specifically with reading comprehension. Each intervention is tailored to the individual student in this way. Not every student receiving Response to Intervention tutoring will undergo the same intervention.
Interventions take about 10-15 minutes per student. The key to success with an intervention is repetition, and this is usually incorporated into the intervention in two main ways. First, during the intervention, the student will often repeat a task. For example, in a reading fluency intervention, a student would read the same short passage several times during one session with a tutor. The second way repetition is incorporated into interventions is that students will work on the same intervention with a tutor until they succeed. Student progress is usually measured on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.
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