Service Delivery: RtI and 3:1 Models
At a workshop I attended a few weeks ago, I heard an amazing SLP named Lorraine Maida from the Tacoma School District. I attended her presentations on RtI (Response to Intervention), the 3:1 model (three weeks per month of direct services with one week for collaboration) in which she also discussed the workload versus caseload formula her school district uses for caseloads.
Although my district is using RtI for academics and a district wide behavior program, the SLPs are not funded to work with non special education students. The idea is certainly intriguing, and it would be great to see how providing intervention for at risk kids made a difference.
The 3:1 model is interesting to me. As many of you know, districts that use this model provide three weeks of direct therapy, and one week of collaboration. As Maida said, the fourth week is NOT a "week off!" I would love to have more time for collaboration with all teachers. I am looking forward to returning to work and having a discussion with my fellow SLPs about whether or not this model is something we want to try. I do have some reservations: teachers already have a lot on their plates. I'm not sure that I really want to impose even MORE collaboration meetings and ideas upon them. I also feel as if I get my job done in the time I have.
For those of you using Response to Intervention and/or a 3:1 model:
- How has it impacted your therapy?
- How has it benefited your students?
- How has the transition been in your buildings?
- Were administrators receptive and open to the idea?
- Have all therapists used this model in your district, or just a few? How about special education teachers?
Please comment either here on the blog or on the Advance Facebook page.
I will discuss the caseload versus workload model in a later blog entry.