An RtI approach to phonics provides differentiated levels of instruction and intervention in phonemic awareness and the sound/symbol relationships that students need to master. Key elements of a comprehensive RtI Phonics Solution include:
Scope and sequence: A complete continuum of systematic phonics instruction in which each lesson builds on prior knowledge and learning.
Lessons: Explicit teaching and materials that increase students’ phonemic awareness, knowledge of phonic elements, and related skills.
Assessments: Accurate and detailed tools determine what students need to learn and then whether they learned successfully.
Professional Development: Training in research-based instructional strategies and intervention techniques that meet diverse student needs.
In addition to all these elements, Benchmark Education's Phonics Skill Bags also provide decodable texts that enable students to practice and apply what they are learning. Detailed lesson plans guide educators as they provide explicit instruction, modeling, guided practice, and opportunities for independent practice.
Phonics Skill Bags enable educators to implement an RtI model at all three levels:
Tier 1: Teachers use Phonics Skill Bags to differentiate instruction for all students, with assessments determining progress and mastery.
Tier 2: If assessments identify gaps in learning, linked lessons and materials provide differentiated small-group or individual intervention.
Tier 3: If Tier 2 intervention does not result in mastery, further assessment and lessons focus on more specific or underlying gaps in learning.
Related professional development focuses on Strategic Assessment and Intervention, enabling educators to:
Use pre- and post-assessment data to determine instructional plans
Provide targeted teaching based on students' knowledge and skills
Meet RtI requirements for Tier II and Tier III intervention
Develop students’ ability to transfer and apply their learning.
This combination of engaging professional development, accurate assessment, and effective materials provides a comprehensive RtI Phonics solution.
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