Section 4: Using this System for Planning and Instruction
Assessing Current Intervention Strategies
An assessment of the intervention programs and strategies in your school or district should begin at the infrastructure level, which determines what approaches will be taken at the instructional level. School Leaders and Intervention Teachers should meet to discuss the principles of effective intervention programs and strategies and how intervention programs are defined and implemented in your school. The following questions will guide you.
- How are intervention programs defined and implemented in your school? Is there an agreed-upon understanding of what intervention is, versus remediation?
- Describe the timeframe and objectives of intervention programs in your school. Do they have a distinct beginning and end and the explicit goal of moving students to grade level?
- What types of instructional materials are used in the intervention programs in your school? Are the materials authentic, individualized and organized by skill level?
- Describe the structure and pacing of the intervention programs. Do the programs have a defined structure and routine? Does the instruction move students at a rigorous yet supportive pace that fits their individual needs?
- What aspects of your intervention program are working? What aspects need to improve?
Additionally, download the Intervention Strategies Evaluation Checklist during your meeting. This tool will aid your in-depth analysis of the instructional elements of your intervention programs. Then determine the best approach for improving these programs in your school.