Response to Intervention (RTI) is a framework meant to ensure all students are receiving appropriate instructional support. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are meant to foster a team approach among groups of teachers to answer four basic but powerful questions while utilizing student work and assessment as the basis for carrying out RTI. The questions are:
- What do we want each student to learn?
- How will we know when each student has learned it?
- How will we respond when a student hasn’t learned it?
- What will we do for the student who has already learned it? (DuFour, 2008)
In the Richland School District, our teachers receive continuous training on strategies aligned to each of the four questions and the district provides significant programming for students performing at all academic levels.