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Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention
Assistant Superintendent 
Brian A. Porter
E-mail: [email protected]
75 South Street, Suite 2, Gorham ME 04038

Phone: (207) 222-1025
FAX: (207) 839-5001

Through our Response to Intervention (RTI) process, we are using our existing resources to diagnostically assess student needs, provide interventions, monitor progress, and make decisions based on data.


Our goals are:


-  To intervene early, when students are not meeting standards

-  To monitor student response to intervention and use the data to determine the next steps

-  To deliver focused, explicit, research-based intervention to “close the gap” in a timely way

-  To advance the district goal of meeting the standards in literacy and numeracy


We have a three-tiered process to guide our work...



Gorham School Department


Tier One

Core curriculum instruction is provided by the classroom teacher.

Universal screening 2-3 times per year.


Tier Two

      4-6 weeks duration 

Classroom teacher or parent identifies academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns for students who are not meeting the standard(s).

The classroom teacher reviews the file and seeks resource personnel to help determine classroom intervention(s):

  • Other Teachers
  • Team Leaders
  • School Counselor
  • Instructional Strategist
  • School Psychologists
  • Literacy/Math Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Special Educators
  • Administrator

The classroom teacher works with students, monitors progress, and communicates with parents. The teacher documents progress using the Tier Two Intervention Log. This form is given to the Instructional Strategist and placed in the cumulative folder. If the intervention(s) are not successful, a referral is made to the RTI team.

Tier Three

8-12 weeks duration 

The RTI Team convenes to determine student needs and next steps. The referring teacher brings data on strategies implemented and student progress to the team

meeting. For example: 

Progress Reports

• Student Work Samples 

• Parent Communication 

• Report Card

• Attendance Data 

• Discipline Data 

• Assessment Data

Team members include the referring teacher, an administrator, an instructional strategist, a lead math/literacy teacher, a social-emotional provider, and other support staff as needed.

If needed, the team will

develop a Personal Learning Plan to address the identified needs and monitor progress. The team will review data and progress every 8-12 weeks to determine the next steps. This may mean a change in frequency or intensity, a change in programming, or if at least two interventions have been attempted, a possible referral to Special Education. Parents will receive copies of paperwork and progress.

If you are interested in learning more about RTI in any of our schools, please contact:
Great Falls School
73 Justice Way
Gorham, Maine  04038
Laurie Sibley
Instructional Strategist
(207) 222-1049
Narragansett School
284 Main Street
Gorham, Maine  04038
Rosemarie Dyer,
Instructional Strategist
(207) 222-1282
Village School  
12 Robie Street
Gorham, Maine  04038
Andrea Hyland
Instructional Strategist
(207) 222-1044
Gorham Middle School
106 Weeks Road
Gorham, Maine  04038
Mary Ellen Johnson
Instructional Strategist
(207) 222-1220
Gorham High School
41 Morrill Avenue
Gorham, Maine  04038
Vanessa Nickerson
Instructional Strategist
(207) 222-1161
Parents and guardians have the right to refer their child to determine eligibility for Special Education should they suspect that their child has a disability that requires specialized instruction. If at any time a guardian feels that a referral to Special Education is needed, please contact the Instructional Strategist or Building Principal of your child's school.