Implementing MTSS– A How to Book

Announcing “Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-tiered Instructional Approach Using Hi-lo Books” by Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D. and Orla Higgins Averill, Ph.D.

After working with districts and schools for the last 6 years helping them to implement response to intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), I am happy share the publication of our first book “Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-tiered Instructional Approach Using Hi-lo Books“. The book provides guidance on how RTI and MTSS works, how to structure it in your classrooms and school, how to use data for instructional planning and how to implement six research-based reading strategies as Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions. The book can now be purchased directly from the publisher Saddleback Publishing or directly from Amazon by clicking here.

The book is broken down into five chapters:

Chapter 1: What Is a Multi-Tiered System of Support?
Chapter 2: How Can I Teach the Variety of Learners in My Classroom When It’s Just Me?
Chapter 3: Instructional Interventions That Work
Chapter 4: Using Hi-Lo Books as Intervention Tools
Chapter 5: Common Pitfalls of a Multi-Tiered System of Support

My goal in writing this book was that any teacher can pick it up, know how to work with his or her peers to implement tiered instructional practices. We devote a whole chapter to explaining what to do with data you collect from students (reading comprehension scores, curriculum-based measurement, lexile scores, etc.) so that you can use it consistently to plan instruction. In another chapter, we help teachers think about which tier 2 and tier 3 interventions help students who are struggling in different areas of the reading process. Finally, we address throughout the book how to support English language learners and students with disabilities in this process, how fidelity of implementation can truly change the academic outcomes of students, and how progress monitoring can tell you how to be become a highly effective teacher. I would appreciate some reviews after you are read it and use it.

I would also like to thank my co-author and friend Orla Higgins Averill. She is a great professional, educator, writer, and leader. It has been my honor to work with her and I look forward to writing to more upcoming books and publications in this area with her as our professional trajectories continue.


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Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.

Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.

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