Section 4: Using this System for Planning and Instruction

What Is Intervention?

“What, if anything, can schools do to prevent this hopelessness and loss [felt by students with a chronic history of failure]? The answer is to build learning environments that help all students believe that they can succeed at hitting the target if they keep trying” (Stiggins, 24).

Before school leaders and teachers can evaluate the intervention programs in their districts and schools, it is important that everyone understand what intervention is and what it is not.

Intervention is ...
A strategic instructional program that aims to prevent further academic failure of struggling students by providing additional daily instruction, outside of regular class time, to help students raise their skills to grade level as quickly as possible.

Intervention is NOT …