We would like to recognize Renee Guy, school psychologist, and Amanda Fields, special education teacher, for their professional contribution to a published textbook, "Handbook of Response to Intervention." Renee and Amanda were approached a couple of years ago to submit a chapter for publication. Their chapter, "Implementing Response to Intervention in a Rural Setting" tells the story of the development of our very own Respond to Intervention, or RTI, program.
Luverne Elementary School began implementing in our RTI program in 2007. Through the strong leadership of our intervention team the RTI program has grown and expanded to provide support in the development of essential basic literacy skills for students. One portion of the implementation of RTI was the creation of Power Hour groups. Power Hour groups provide daily, small group instruction at all levels K-5 in the areas of phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension. In 2011, our RTI program was recognized as a model program by the Minnesota Rural Education Association with the Profile of Excellence Award of Distinction.
Congratulations to Renee, Amanda, and our entire Elementary Staff for their continued commitment to excellent education for all our students!