Sonoma County Office of Education


Response to Intervention (RTI)

Researcher Mike Vanderwood, PhD, from the University of California-Riverside, has been involved in a pilot project to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) concepts in Sonoma County schools. This following series of videos presents a March 2009 interview with Dr. Vanderwood conducted by John Namkung, who was the director of the Sonoma County SELPA until his retirement in June 2009. They begin their discussion by reviewing the basic premise of RTI, then delve deeper into frequently asked questions regarding this school reform initiative.

Dr. Mike Vanderwood

Mike Vanderwood Interview: Dr. Vanderwood discusses the basic idea behind RTI and its key components: screening, intervention, and progress monitoring.


Interview with Dr. Vanderwood

Frequently Asked Questions about RTI: The interview with Dr. Vanderwood continues with his answers to common questions about RTI. First, how is screening implemented?


Next ... What interventions work? How do we ensure fidelity in interventions? How does RTI shift the intervention focus? | Watch

What is the relationship between special education and RTI? What role does the student study team play in RTI? How does RTI differ from other school reform efforts? | Watch

How is RTI implemented in middle/high school? How is RTI implemented in subjects other than reading? How long does it take to put RTI in place? | Watch

Do we have to spend more money to implement RTI? What is the most misunderstood aspect of RTI? What is the most challenging aspect of RTI? | Watch