A Spanish Response to Intervention (RTI) Resource! Worth a Look!

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 encourages Response to Intervention (RtI) models as a means to ensure appropriate instruction, progress monitoring, and alternative eligibility for learning disabilities.
RtI refers to a multi-tier method to address the individual needs of students who experience academic or behavioral difficulties by providing evidenced-based intervention and close progress monitoring while also decreasing the number of inappropriate referrals to special education (Fuchs, Fuchs, 2006; Klingner & Edwards, 2006). (Search for my previous entries on RTI)
The following pages provides a link to a wealth of teaching resources (i.e. actual worksheets developed b research teams experts in RTI) in Spanish in the areas of reading recommended by the National Reading Panel -Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Word Study, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

You can download worksheets or find presentation and many other resources for school administrators, teachers, parents, etc.

What I most excited is the Spanish worksheets!! Thumbs UP!

Response To Intervention for English Language Learners Training Event Summary

Past May 15th, 2010 on a beautiful Saturday morning one hundred and ten educators met to discuss the future of Response to Intervention (RtI) Models and its potential to help bilingual children who are English language learners in Boston and the nearby New England area. Recently it was noted that the English language learners (ELL) have the poorest educational outcomes, the highest drop out rates, and a higher likelihood of being referred for special education services.

Claudia Rinaldi, professor in Special education at Boston College and educational consultant in collaboration with the New England Equity Assistance Center at Brown University responded to this need by coordinating this highly needed professional development event. Response to Intervention is a framework that guides schools to implement a multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral support. In this framework teachers plan collaboratively using universally collected data to prevent failure.

The event brought educators, administrators, researchers, national experts, parents, and MA Department of Education representatives to plan ways for this framework to be effectively implemented in schools. The event highlighted the work of three elementary schools, Gardner Pilot Academy, Dennis Haley Elementary, and Young Achiever K-8 who have been implementing this framework with great success. In particular, Gardner Pilot Academy under the leadership of Principal Erica Herman, has taken the school from having 50% of students making grade level achievement to 70%. For bilingual students the numbers have been even more significant. The event culminated on with a panel presentation representative of the schools that described in depth the RtI model for a captivating audience eager to follow their steps. We hope the district moves in the direction of adopting RtI models and that the current schools are used as model demonstration laboratories of innovative and culturally responsive models in education.

A big thank you to school panel participants for their wisdom, commitment, and authenticity in sharing their experience in light of this innovative school reform change model:

Gardner Pilot Academy, Allston, MA
Erica Herman, Principal
Abigail Brown, Curriculum Specialist
Claudia Morillo, 3rd Grade Learning Specialist

Young Achievers K-8 School, Mattappan, MA
Virgina Chalmers, Principal

Dennis Haley Elementary School, Roslindale, MA
Jennifer Morrison, Curriculum Specialist
Celina Quirindongo, 1st Grade Teacher


Hap Palmer Music- is a HIT for Developing Bilingual (Spanish-English) Oral Language Skills!

Hap Palmer a life longer musician has just released his latest music CD Learning In Two Languages Aprendiendo en dos idiomas. I evaluated this wonderful CD and couldn't wait to buy my copy and get one for my sons' teachers. The CD contains 30 songs in all areas of common topics children ages 3-10 use. It reinforces oral language skills, vocabulary development, and listening comprehension skills in a very engaging and fun way in Spanish and English. Its a perfect resource for teachers working with English language learners at all levels and even better for Two-Way Bilingual Programs.
It is really refreshing to see a children CD that does bilingual music in very simple yet planned and effective manner. Thank you Hap!

Don't forget to visit his website for more title on math, phonics, and etc. Hap I hope you consider growing your bilingual CDs!


Most recent article- Teacher Perceptions of Adoption of RTI Model in Urban Schools with Large Numbers of Bilingual Learners

Greenfield, R., Rinaldi, C., Proctor, P., & Cardarelli, A. (2010). Teachers’ perceptions of RTI reform in an urban elementary school: A consensual qualitative analysis. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 21(2), 47-63.

Federal policies to increase student achievement and improve teacher quality underlie this study. After the first year of implementation, eight elementary teachers were interviewed about how they viewed a Response to Intervention (RTI) reform effort. RTI is a federal policy intended to reform instruction by using a tiered, school-wide system. The following question drove our research: After the first year of implementation, how do educators view the RTI change process? Data were analyzed using a consensual qualitative methodology. Results indicated that teachers positively viewed the reform effort. However, many teachers expressed concerns about the implementation of RTI. The majority of teachers associated the following positive outcomes with the first year of reform: using data to inform instructional planning, using progress monitoring to measure the effectiveness of the instruction, and better knowing “when” to refer English language learners for special education services. Teachers identified the culture of the school as “positively mixed,” meaning positive shifts are taking place and teachers are working along a continuum of understanding and adoption practices. Key concerns of implementation are also presented as implications for effective adoption of the model at the elementary school level.


Kolobok! A Russian Tale in Four Languages- A Culturally Enriching Children’s Story

As I get ready for the Forum and Networking Event: Response to Intervention (RtI): Operative Implementation for English Language Learners (ELLs) 1 day Institute on May 15th from 8:30-1:30. http://forumonrtiandells.eventbrite.com/
I received a wonderful give away prize KOLOBOK.

Kolovok is an innovative and charming new children’s tale from Natash Bochkov from Lingvaerium Books, LLC. They so graciously donated three books for a give away at the one day institute I am hosting with the MABE (see link about for more information and registration).

The hardcover work offers a wonderful tale that is presented in high quality paper, with wonderful pictures and with the ability to select a second, third, and fourth language (i.e. Spanish, Chinese, Russian). Of course you can also just select one or two languages alone! The books is layout out in English and sticker pages are provided to adapt the other language(s). What I love about it is that as a parent or teacher we can prioritize the child’s native language in the actual book rather than other bilingual books which always have the child’s native language under English! I love that, Thank you Natasha.

Their website is wonderful and provides activities for teachers and parents to follow the reading of the book. The educational resources include adapted lesson plans for grades K-2nd, based on the national and Massachusetts educational standards, coloring books and much more. Please visit and support this new innovative type of children literature at http://www.lingvaerium.com

Also don’t forget to register for the RTI event (lunch included) for only $75 dollars. We are having Dr. Janette Klingner, a national leader in the field of bilingual and special education, do the keynote! Considerations when Implementing RTI with English Language Learners. In this session, the presenter will discuss successes and challenges faced by educators implementing RTI in culturally and linguistically diverse schools as well as some of the assumptions underlying RTI than can be problematic for English language learners. She will provide recommendations for practice.

Forums will follow with highlights and outcomes on actual school implementation of RTI from my funded research project.
We have few spaces left so please register ASAP. Looking forward to meeting you all!