Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don't Learn

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Solution Tree, 2009 - Education - 225 pages
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Accessible language and compelling stories illustrate how RTI is most effective when built on the Professional Learning Communities at Work(tm) process. Written by award-winning educators from successful PLC schools, this book demonstrates how to create three tiers of interventions--from basic to intensive--to address student learning gaps. You will understand what a successful program looks like, and the many reproducible forms and activities will help your team understand how to make RTI work in your school.

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Great explanation of RTI and very motivational!
For those who are just checking this off of their reading list, you are missing the big picture. Education is evolving and for the better. I'm in a
district that is trying to implement this. The goal of helping everyone learn is much more purposeful than figuring out who the smart kids in your classroom and just teaching them. Do we in life tell our kids, "Since you didn't mow the yard, you can't ever mow the yard again."? So why do we do this in the classroom? We need to ask, "Was the concept learned?" Not justify ourselves by saying, "But I already taught that." 

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About the author (2009)

Austin Buffum, EdD, has thirty-eight years of experience in public schools. His many roles include serving as former senior deputy superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District in California. Dr. Buffum has presented in over 500 school districts throughout the United States and around the world. He delivers trainings and presentations on the RTI at Work model. This tiered approach to RTI is centered on Professional Learning Communities at Work (PLC) concepts and strategies to ensure every student receives the time and support necessary to succeed. Dr. Buffum also delivers workshops and presentations that provide the tools educators need to build and sustain PLCs.

Dr. Buffum was selected 2006 Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. He attended the Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was greatly inspired by its founder, Roland Barth.

Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work[[ model, which builds on the foundation of the PLC at Work[[ process by using team structures and a focus on learning, collaboration, and results to drive successful outcomes. Additionally, he is an architect of the PLC at Work model. He is former principal of Marjorie Veeh Elementary School and Pioneer Middle School in California. At both schools, Mike helped create powerful PLCs, improving learning for all students. In 2004, Marjorie Veeh, an elementary school with a large population of youth at risk, won the California Distinguished School and National Title I Achieving School awards. A National Blue Ribbon School, Pioneer is among only thirteen schools in the United States that the GE Foundation selecte

Chris Weber is an ESL teacher and founder of the Oregon Students Writing & Art Foundation. For more than twenty years, he has been working with students on their publications in and out of the classroom. He has also supervised student editors in creating the award-winning Treasures series, anthologies of student writing and art used in the U.S. and abroad. The latest volume has been published in both English and Japanese.His website ( provides additional resources and support for publishing students' writing. Or read what NEA Today, Midwest Book Review, and other media are saying about Publishing with Students at can email Chris Weber at

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