Parents and RtI

The Role of Parents in an RtI Process
Parents are important partners in all aspects of their child’s education. In an RtI process, school teams should involve parents from the beginning. If a student is having academic and/or behavioral difficulties, the classroom teacher is often the first person to share information with the child’s parents. Depending on the level of concern, the teacher may also meet with a building level team to present the concerns about the student’s school performance. The building team typically consists of school staff that review available student information and collect additional information from the parents to gain a better understanding of the student’s needs. 

Using all of the data available, the team identifies interventions that match the student’s needs, and as discussed previously, this may involve scientifically-based, standard protocol group interventions or individualized interventions. As the process continues, parents should receive progress monitoring reports and regular communication from the classroom teacher. If a student requires individualized interventions, parents should be active members of the problem solving team that develops the individual intervention plan and participate in the problem solving process. 

If your child is identified as being at risk for learning or behavioral difficulties, to be involved you can: 
  • Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher.
  • Ask what interventions, matched to your child’s needs, are being used to address academic and/or behavioral problems.
  • When possible, use the same strategies or interventions at home.
  • Ask the school what formal guidelines they are using for progress monitoring.
  • Ask your school to provide you with regular progress monitoring reports.
  • If your child is getting more individualized Tier 3 interventions, attend meetings of the problem solving team.
  • Remember, you are the expert regarding your child!
  • Praise your child for any progress or general improvement in the area(s) of concern.
  • When possible, make suggestions for strategies or interventions based on what you know works well at home.
  • Always ask questions when things are not clear!
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