Guest Post: Universal Design for Learning and Differentiation: The Firm Foundation for RTI in Your Middle School Classroom

Free Spirit Publishing Blog

By Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., and Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D., coauthors of RTI in Middle School Classrooms: Proven Tools and Strategies

Kelli Esteves EdD, FSP Author Kelli Esteves

Imagine a middle school where teachers and students delight in the diversity each student brings to the learning environment. The classrooms are places for students to deeply engage in learning that capitalizes on their interests, multiple intelligences, and cultural backgrounds. New ideas are built upon prior knowledge, and personal growth is valued above all. Educators work and study together in a professional community with a shared goal of delivering a student-centered education that meets the needs of all learners. Maybe this is a middle school organized around a well-coordinated Response to Intervention (RTI) structure, or maybe RTI has never been mentioned. Either way, the school has figured out a way pull together and educate the hearts, minds, and spirits of their students.

It might seem like an unreachable…

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