Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8
Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom
- Sheila Alber-Morgan - Ohio State University, USA
"In a small volume, Sheila Alber-Morgan addresses RTI in a much more comprehensive way than other texts. The book provides critical features of RTI across reading, writing, handwriting, and spelling and is packed with practical information for each tier."
—Nancy L. Cooke, Associate Professor of Special Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Alber-Morgan clearly and concisely articulates the theoretical and empirical bases of RTI—an important and worthy achievement. For the classroom teacher, her book provides numerous assessment and instructional strategies for turning the great promise of RTI into reality for students."
—William L. Heward, Professor Emeritus
The Ohio State University
Practical intervention strategies for diverse learners who struggle with literacy!
Literacy is a critical foundational skill for success in school and throughout adulthood. Covering both reading and writing instruction, this book shows K–8 teachers how to build the literacy skills of diverse learners, including those with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, in inclusive classrooms.
Sheila Alber-Morgan discusses instruction and assessment within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework and demonstrates how to provide targeted support to students struggling with literacy or those who may require special attention to achieve success. Providing specific interventions for tiers 1, 2, and 3, this book offers:
- Evidence-based practices such as guided note taking, the use of response cards, peer-mediated instruction, self monitoring, and direct instruction
- Strategies for phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
- Methods for teaching handwriting, spelling, keyboarding, and the writing process
- A discussion on using thematic units to integrate reading and writing
With sample assessments, graphic organizers, and brief case studies of students, this timely volume assists teachers and literary specialists in providing the support that diverse learners need to succeed.
"The author makes a significant contribution to establishing evidence-based and data-driven programs for diverse learners. The text provides a clear and comprehensive approach that can be used at all levels of teacher development, and serve as a primary text in teacher education courses. Alber-Morgan combines a thorough knowledge of progress monitoring using curriculum-based measurement (CBM) with summaries and illustrations of evidence-based practices in reading, writing, and learning subject matter content. The book is filled with useful references and many tables and figures that have practical application to daily practice."
"Sheila Alber-Morgan has written an information-rich book that teachers will find clearly written, interesting, and remarkably helpful for assessing and implementing literacy interventions in inclusive classrooms."
"In a small volume, Sheila Alber-Morgan addresses RTI in a much more comprehensive way than other texts. The book provides critical features of RTI across reading, writing, handwriting, and spelling. Each area is supported by strategies for assessment and multi-tiered instruction grounded in basic principles of applied behavior analysis, UDL, generalization, and inclusion. It is packed with practical information for each tier and many references for greater elaboration."
"By placing scientifically based assessment and instruction into the RTI context, the author offers readers an opportunity to select practices in accordance with student needs, their responsiveness to instruction, and existing federal and state mandates. The text comes with easy-to understand graphics, practical applications, and numerous instructional resources. This book can be used with preservice and inservice teachers and as a primary text in teacher education courses. The assessment and instructional strategies provided have strong empirical support that meets educators’ needs now and in years to come."
"Alber-Morgan clearly and concisely articulates the theoretical and empirical bases of RTI—an important and worthy achievement. For the classroom teacher, her book provides numerous assessment and instructional strategies for turning the great promise of RTI into reality for students. The book outlines five powerful strategies for increasing the likelihood that students will remember and later use the literacy skills they have learned. Each strategy for programming generalization is then fleshed out with specific examples at the tactical level."
Another professor taught this class during the fall term. Since I will be teaching it during the Fall 2012 term, I am still considering changing to this text.