Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Burlington Public Schools
Pine Glen Elementary School

John Lyons, Principal
1 Pine Glen Way
Burlington, MA 01803
Phone 781-270-1712
Fax 781-229-5793
September 17, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our goal throughout the year is to provide your child with specific support in curriculum areas where he/she needs it.  Soon we will begin our tiered literacy and in some grades tiered math instruction.  This is done to create educational groupings to work on specific skills and is often referred to as RTI (Response to Intervention) or MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports).  In order for each student to receive tailored instruction, he/she may experience different classroom teachers throughout the school year.   The classroom teacher may be different for reading and/or math instruction.  In addition, specialists and RTI tutors may be in students classrooms throughout the day.

We will target instruction and provide specific interventions in areas where students need it.  Assessments and progress monitoring help teachers and specialists determine which skills to address within the classroom.   We also use this information to provide interventions as extra support in addition to the core curriculum in literacy and math.  These intervention/skill development groups take place during our daily thirty minute Intervention/Extension Block and may change frequently throughout the year.  Instruction during the Intervention/Extension Block might be provided by the classroom teacher, specialist or RTI tutor.   

Grade level teams work closely with one another, specialists and myself to examine your child’s progress and skill development.  We refer to the practice of having changing classroom tiers and skill intervention groups as flexible grouping.  If you have any questions regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher.   Also, please feel free to email me if you have any questions (jlyons@bpsk12.org) regarding this process.


John Lyons, M.S. Ed.
Pine Glen Elementary

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