What is Response to Intervention(RtI)?
As a parent or guardian, you understand the important role you play in your child’s education. Evidence shows that, when parents and family members are involved in a child’s education, the outcome is positive: Higher test scores, increased attendance, better behavior and social skills, higher rate of graduation and increased drive to pursue post-secondary education. If you want to continue your involvement and learn more about Wisconsin RtI and how you can help your child, you’ve come to the right place. To read more, please visist the Wisconsin RtI Center webpage.
Family engagement is essential to fully develop Wisconsin’s vision for system-wide change utilizing RtI. The online module Response to Intervention and Family Engagement provides an overview of how Response to Intervention (RtI) is defined in Wisconsin and research based practices that can be used to involve families in RtI at their school.
What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)?
Schools implementing PBIS create a set of expectations, share them with the students and then model them using class exercises. These expectations remain the same for students on the playground, in the classroom and on the bus. But, what about at home?
Using PBIS at home can help students maintain those expectations.
Family Involvement in School-wide PBIS
Schools implementing PBIS are typically eager to have participation from parents and families. So, get ready to get involved!
In the early stages of PBIS, schools will often send a letter discussing:
- “The Rules” or a set of simple expectations, developed by the school, to communicate what is expected of all students in all areas of the school.
- Rewards used to reinforce positive behavior.
- Consequences of choosing to go against the rules.
As parents, this letter provides you with a great tool! You can review the letter with your child so both of you understand what is expected at school. Ask your child, “Do you understand these rules? Do you think you can follow these rules at school?” This is also an opportunity to talk about your expectations at home. Consider posting the expectations on your refrigerator door and use them for reference. Don’t forget, you must inspect what you expect!
To find out more, visit the Wisconsin PBIS Center website.