Question: How do you ensure teachers get the training and coaching that is needed to implement RTI?
Patty Coppess: At Urbandale my position is one that was created with our implementation of the tier 2 being outside the school day and so I have the responsibility of doing the training or arranging the for training for all of our interventions, and then the ongoing coaching of making sure they are following the integrity of the program and such. So, it’s a position that I have 40-some teachers that I try to manage that way and, you know, there’s challenges to that of course. But it would come down to my position covering that base.
Laurie Emery: At my school I have a similar position we call the student achievement teacher and that person is a real key part in working with the teachers. In terms of coaching teachers at my school there’s really a couple key people. One is our student achievement teacher who is a teacher on assignment and that’s what her job is. She coordinates our data team meetings, which are every other week meetings with teachers. She coaches them when they’re struggling with some of the issues related to intervention and then our school psychologist who does a lot of the training as well with teachers and our coaches.