Technically, YES. In practice, NO.
What makes special education special is NOT that we teachers are patient. But that we focus on how students respond to interventions (rti) and then differentiate instruction using data based decision making. Many of these terms, response to intervention – differentiated instruction – data based decision making, have become buzz words in education and may not mean the same thing to all people.
My perception is that when most regular or general education teachers talk about doing RTI, they are specifically talking about using data based decision making to differentiate academic instruction only. When many state programs train teachers in RTI, academics is the only focus of the three tiered intervention model. A students’ response to behavior interventions (rti) is not part of the discussion.
RTI and PBS
A reader, Ellen, recently commented that researchers often view RTI as being a system for responding to academic and behavior problems, with PBIS being the procedures for working on the behavior side and therefore a piece of RTI. I thanked her for sharing this because I have been struggling with this question. My response was to question the assumptions that RTI is seen as a tool that works for both academic and behavior interventions. I do agree that PBIS works under an rti model, but disagree that it is seen as a piece of formal RTI programs.
The fact is, other then using a three tiered model of intervention and data based decision making as a framework, the practice of RTI and PBIS are very different. So are the training needs.
How different is RTI from PBIS?
All these components must be taught to teachers through professional development training. The school must develop a system for ‘doing’ RTI and PBIS and these systems are very different in practice.
I stand by my previous post in stating that RTI and PBIS are not the same mainly because RTI has a much narrower definition in practice then the term rti. PBS uses a response to intervention model, but it is not RTI.
Man, this gets confusing! Do you differentiate between RTI and rti in your school? Does your district view RTI and PBS as the same or different?