What Are “Culturally Relevant” Response-to-Intervention (CR-RtI) and Problem Solving models?
If you are like most administrators and teachers, you may have heard of culturally relevant response-to-intervention (CR-RtI) models, but do not know exactly what they are or how they should look in the classroom. You may also wonder how to align culturally relevant instruction with Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This site addresses CR-RtI models within the context of CCSS.
At Tier I Educational Coaching and Consulting Services, our mission is to provide free resources for teachers that will enhance their gifts, talents, and abilities with regard to engaging students of color. Our vision is to increase academic performance among students of color, including African-American and Latino students, and to contribute to narrowing the achievement gap that leaves so many students behind.
We are the only site in the country who provides free resources for educators on creating RtI models that integrate characteristics that are valued within African-American culture. These models are considered “culturally relevant” and are rooted in solid theory and research. We also provide free resources that show teachers how to align culturally relevant instruction with CCSS. We are reminded of our vision every time we publish free research-based resources for teachers across the country.
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Are you a member yet? Members of our site are eligible for additional services and resources, including one-on-one and group consultation on how to create effective RtI and culturally relevant models, free books, newsletters, “question-answer” opportunities, and other services/items. The free book that is currently available to all members is our cultural awareness manual—A Cultural Awareness Manual: What Every Teacher Should Know About Characteristics Associated with Traditional African-American Culture. Access our members page, join our site, and get your questions answered today!
Our manual will
- increase your knowledge surrounding African-American culture;
- enhance your understanding of the role culture plays in education;
- increase your understanding of why many students of color are referred for special education services;
- boost your ability to create effective culturally relevant RtI and problem solving models;
- increase your ability to align culturally relevant instruction with Common Core State Standards;
- strengthen your ability to engage African-American students not only academically, but also cognitively, and emotionally;
- boost your knowledge surrounding behavioral intervention strategies;
- allow you to create goals and progress monitor what you learn from the manual—and more!
In response to reading our recently published book, An RtI Guide to Improving Performance of African-American Students: What Every Teacher Should Know About Culture and Academic Engagement, Pat Quinn says, “This book [An RtI Guide] is both encouraging and relevant to the work that educators are doing. It is a real asset to any teacher. Every teacher who wants to fully engage all students should read this book!”
—Pat Quinn, The RtI Guy, one of the nation’s leading experts on RtI
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“In the 7 years I have been going to this conference, Dwayne’s presentation was the BEST I have ever attended. He is amazingly engaging with insightful, relevant and actionable information. I was blown away and can’t wait to apply what I have learned. In fact, I learned more about being culturally relevant in 3 short hours with Dwayne than I did in 3 very long years in a graduate program. Bravo, Mr. Williams! You have educated a pasty white Irishman (no small accomplishment).”—Dan O’Rourke, Social Worker, 2013 Illinois Association of School Social Worker Conference (IASSW)
“What a pleasure to learn about culture within the context of RtI and problem solving. Mr. Williams provided one of the best in-services I have attended!” —Sheila Jackson, Teacher
“Dwayne Williams’ approach to RtI training is inclusive. It considers cultural differences as opposed to simply putting students through tiers and focusing on an abstract triangle. His model focuses on using what the student knows to increase engagement in the classroom. This in-service was very engaging and impactful!” – Kelly Washington, School Psychologist
“It is clear that Mr. Williams is a visionary. He will be a change agent in education.” Tim Miller, Teacher
“I was impressed to hear Mr. Williams speak on RtI, culturally relevant RtI, and special education law with such fervor! His knowledge surrounding this work is amazing. He provided concrete examples on culturally relevant instruction and I am hoping I can use him as a resource in the near future.” —Shelly Barnes, Teacher
“Dwayne, your workshop on culturally relevant RtI increased my knowledge on African-American culture and how to integrate valued cultural characteristics within an RtI model. I think one of the most important things we discussed on today was identifying myths that are related to race and culture. As you stated, ‘if we do not identify myths related to race and culture, prior to creating culturally relevant models, we place ourselves at risk for creating models that do not reflect the values of our students and models that are stereotypical and prejudicial.’ I really enjoyed that comment! Most attendees wanted interventions, but I wanted to ensure that I do not group my students together based on skin color. Thank you again for this piece of advice!” —Amber Rose, Teacher
Dwayne D. Williams, M.A., Ed.S
Founder of Tier I Educational Coaching and Consulting Services
Developing Your Gifts, Talents, And Abilities
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