AIR currently works with four school districts in RI as part of the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) (www.intensiveintervention.org). Since the fall of 2012, one to two elementary schools from each district have served as pilot schools for intensive TA, which includes training and coaching supports to build school and district capacity to implement data-based individualization in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs. AIR works closely with professors from local colleges and universities who provide training and consultation to our partner districts, as well as employees from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative (NRIC) who provide coaching support to our partner districts. NCII also engages in ongoing collaboration with other tiered support initiatives at the state level.
Additionally, from 2010 to 2012, AIR provided support to Rhode Island focused on implementing RTI in middle and high schools. AIR conducted a day-long training for district-level personnel focused on RTI at the secondary level, with breakout sessions focused on RTI in middle schools and high schools. AIR also provided ongoing support as Rhode Island developed and implemented a secondary-level community of practice with middle and high schools. AIR helped to support Rhode Island’s project management group as they developed selection criteria, created the vision and mission of the group, established roles and responsibilities, developed infrastructure (including technology), and selected content to include. After development, AIR continued to support Rhode Island as needed by answering questions and providing resources.