100% of funding ($1,975,000/year)
is from federal sources.


Sample Course Materials

Sample Assignments

Online Resources

Websites/ Webinars

  • What’s Working Clearinghouse (WWC)- identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of practices, programs, and policies. Summary information and reports are available on the website.


  • Best Evidence Encyclopedia-(BEE)- presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational program. The reviews include useful information about the program, including evidence of effectiveness ratings and contact information.


  • Doing What Works (DWW)- is an online library of resources that help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice.


  • Explicit Instruction by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes- provides highly practical and accessible resources for general and special education teachers to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. The website includes elementary and secondary level video examples of implementation.


  • National Center on Response to Intervention- provides technical assistance to states and districts to build capacity in implementing proven models for RtI/EIS. Webinars and training modules are available for review. Screening and progress monitoring assessments and instructional intervention reviews are summarized.


  • KU Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL)- supports adolescent literacy and learning through the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) and Content Literacy Continuum (CLC). The website provides an overview of SIM and CLC, research, classes and conferences, and presentations.


  • IDEA ’04 and Research for Inclusive Settings (IRIS) Center- offer a wide variety of resources on evidence-based practices and programs including, instructional modules and research summaries from federally sponsored sites.


  • Schools Moving Up- connects school and districts using web-based strategies, online resources, and webinars to engage a wide variety of educators, disseminate information, and facilitate discussion about connecting research to practice.


  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)- provides a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to language and culture. Research, resources, projects, services, a store are all included on the website.


  • RtI Action Network- provides essential components about tiered instruction and intervention. Readings on core, small group and intensive interventions are provided on the website.


  • Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) for educators’ section- includes evidence-based student center activities, resources for planning effective instruction, principal walk-through checklists, reading research, and presentations.


  • Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE)- serves as an advisor to school districts to support literacy and math achievement growth for all students. Implementation support services and products are described on the website. Free resources and low cost resource packets for core and intervention programs are available.


  • Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)- has numerous free resources related to English language arts and math including, research, presentations, and videos.


  • California’s Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI2)- provide resources for high-quality classroom instruction, research-based interventions, and fidelity of program implementation.


  • Teaching Channel- includes video models of instruction and blogs for teachers discussing different strategies for their classroom.


  • Florida Center for Reading Research


  • International Reading Association


  • IRIS Center at Vanderbilt-  Provides high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers. These resources include free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research into practice.



Free Videos /Training Programs

  • Response to Intervention: A Tiered Approach to Instructing All Students


  • Implementing Response to Intervention—Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville, New York


  • Implemented Response to Intervention—Russell Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colorado


  • Implementing Response to Intervention—Tigard High School near Portland, Oregon


  • Explicit Instruction Elementary and Secondary Video Clips with Dr. Anita Archer


  • IDEA ’04 and Research for Inclusive Settings (IRIS) Center includes modules for the following:
    • Content Instruction
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Early Intervention/Early Childhood
    • Learning Strategies
    • Math
    • English Language Arts
    • Response to Intervention (RtI)


  • Mathematics and Science Elementary and Middle School Model Lessons from Florida’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)


  • The Common Core: The Foundation of the RtI Framework


  • Resources for RtI at the Secondary Level


  • RtI Scheduling Processes for Middle Schools


  • Realizing the Potential of RtI: Response to Intervention for English Language Learners




Archer, A.L. & Hughes, C.A. (2011). Explicit instruction: Effective and efficient teaching. New York City, NY: Guilford Press.

Bender, W.N. (2012). RtI in middle and high schools. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Carnine, D.W., Silbert, J., Kame’enui, E.J., & Tarver, S.G. (2009). Direct instruction reading, 5th edition. Boston, MA: Merrill Publishing.

Coyne, M.D., Kame’enui, E.J., & Carnine, D.W. (2011). Effective teaching strategies that accommodate diverse learners, 4th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Fitzell, S.G. (2011). RtI strategies for secondary teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Harris, K.R., Graham, S., Mason, L.H., & Friedlander, B. (2007). Powerful writing strategies for all students. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.

Hougen, M.C., & Smartt, S.M. (2012). Fundamentals of literacy instruction & assessment: Pre-k-6. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.

Hunter, P.C. (2012). It’s not complicated! What I know for sure about helping our students of color become successful readers. Jefferson City: MO: Scholastic Teaching Resources.

Lenz, K.B., Deshler, D.D., with Kissam B.R. (2004). Teaching content to all: Evidence-based inclusive practices in middle and secondary schools. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Reed, D.K., Wexler, J., & Vaughn, S. (2012). RtI for reading at the secondary level: Recommended literacy practices and remaining questions. New York City, NY: Guilford Press.

Santa, C., Havens, L., Franciosi, D., & Valdes, B.J. (2012). Project CRISS: Helping teachers teach and learners learn, 4th edition. Kalispell, MT: Project CRISS.

Stein, M., Kinder, D., Silbert, J., & Carnine, D.W. (2005). Designing effective mathematics instruction: A direct instruction approach, 4th edition. Boston, MA: Merrell Publishing.

Windram, H., Bollman, K., & Johnson, S. (2012). How RtI works in secondary schools: Building a framework for success. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.