Why Response to Intervention?



Implementing an RTI / MTSS Model Tends to Raise a Lot of Questions

Why is response to intervention (RTI) / multi-tiered support system (MTSS) important? How can you tell if it’s working? What should you do if it’s not working? Where can you start to strengthen staff buy-in of your RTI/MTSS mission and goals, to pave the way for successful program roll out?

If these questions have ever crossed your mind, this podcast is for you.

In This Podcast

Jim Wright, former school psychologist and author of The RTI Toolkit: A Practical Guide for Schools, shares his perspective on successfully implementing a tiered system of support. He answers questions about roadblocks school leaders face when starting an RTI/MTSS model, and shares insights on how RTI/MTSS can help educators transition out of “reactive mode” when providing behavioral and social-emotional support.


“It’s about setting up the [RTI/MTSS] model. It’s about tinkering with the model. It’s about looking at data that reflect on the effectiveness of the model and then being willing to make changes so that you’re going to keep moving in that direction that shows that more kids are successful.”

– Jim Wright