The 4 C’s of Response to Intervention

The following description is exerpted from an abstract summarizing the ideas found in the book “Simplifying Response to Intervention” by, Buffum, Mattos and Weber.  If you are interested in learning more about RtI, stop by my office and see me.  I have several books and articles for those of you interested in exploring this further.

The Four Cs of RTI:

If our goal is to create the right way of thinking about our work as educators, then what are the essential principles that must guide our actions? What practices must we follow if we want all students to succeed? We believe there are four—we call them the four Cs of RTI. They are:

1. Collective responsibility – A shared belief that the primary responsibility of each member of the organization is to ensure high levels of learning for every child.  Thinking is guided by the question: Why are we here?

2. Concentrated instruction – A systematic process of identifying essential knowledge and skills that all students must master to learn at high levels, and determining the specific learning needs for each child to get there.  Thinking is guided by the question: Where do we need to go?

3. Convergent assessment – An ongoing process of collectively analyzing tar- geted evidence to determine the specific learning needs of each child and the effectiveness of the instruction the child receives in meeting these needs. Thinking is guided by the question: Where are we now?

4. Certain access. A systematic process that guarantees every student will receive the time and support needed to learn at high levels. Thinking is guided by the question: How do we get every child there?

We contend that these four Cs are the essential guiding principles of RTI.

(by Buffum, Mattos and Weber)

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