It's a fricking ray of sunshine, man.
Not with the Goofy One's school. I think we're going the lockdown, circle the wagons, bring out the fire breathing dragon route. Not with Goofy's teacher or reading specialist, I got two sets of really great reading info and an explanation, so WOO-FREAKIN-HOO for that, right? (that was serious.)
But here comes the ray of sunshine...
I'm trying to figure this whole RtI thing out. I'm being told that the information I'm finding on it is not, whatever, it's a whole big thing of nastiness, but I want to know what's going on with my kids. A few weeks ago? months ago? who knows, once upon a time, I went to Walter's school to *cough* discuss things and got distracted. Surprise, right? This guy is just as good at discussing things as Alex's principal. Somehow, we ended up on this great new program they have going that is going to be AWESOME for helping Walter with math. It's got all of these cool functions and cool data and these great weekly tests, has systematic data collection, and LOOK, it's EVIDENCE-BASED! I have to admit, it's pretty cool.
Fast forward to the night of the PTA meeting Tuesday night, and we're walking down the hall and I'm all, "hey, do you have this thing called RtI?" Wouldn't you know, that got him gushing again about this awesome program... and it clicks... uhg, is that what Walter's doing? Walter's in RtI. Second Tier.
How do I not know this!? so, I'm asking him questions and telling him that I cannot find anything anywhere on our district's website about RtI. He stops walking and looks at me and says, "oh. there's not, is there?" No. He starts brainstorming about how he can clue the parents in.
Then he's telling me about how he wants to get the kids more involved in tracking and interpreting their data and I'm all, YES! This is awesome. I love his ideas, I love his passion, and I love that his enthusiasm is contagious enough that it catches. These kids are lucky kids, and most of them know it. At least, the ones I own do.
When we're talking about the kids' involvement, and giving them their data to see how to identify their strengths and places that may need a little work, I ask him if we (as the parents) could get a copy of the data. I'm asking if we can get a description of their program, what things are involved... Did you know that school wide behavior goals and student planners are part of RtI!? I didn't. He's surprised. They spend so many hours in school on it, that they just assume everyone knows. He's like... yeah, how could you know? and if you don't know about it, you don't know to ask about it and he goes into WE MUST DO SOMETHING! or, something along those lines with a lot more dignity attached to it.
He's making plans to inform the parents and to involve both the students and their parents in the RtI process and he promises that if Walter spends more than 6 weeks in 2nd tier, he will let me know.
Sometimes, all you have to do is ask and it can bring things to people's attention that they never realized... and that can change the world.