Kelli Esteves’ book RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms has been translated into French for the Canadian market. The original English version reached 15,000 copies in print in December 2011.

According to Esteves, an assistant professor in the College of Education, Free Spirit Publishing printed 5,000 copies when the book came out in 2009, a typical press run for a teaching methods guide.

“We had hoped we could sell about 5,000 per year, so we’re on track,” she said. (The “we” includes Esteves’ co-authors, Elizabeth Whitten and Alice Woodrow, both educators in Michigan.)

RTI stands for “Response to Intervention,” a model of differentiated classroom instruction that addresses students’ learning difficulties before their problems grow and require special education remediation.

Under RTI, teachers rely less on traditional measurements of student achievement such an IQ and achievement test results, for determining special education eligibility. Employing RTI concepts can result in earlier identification of learning difficulties and earlier intervention with targeted resources for at-risk students, Esteves said.

Her book offers research-based strategies for teachers to deal with skill deficits and tools for collecting data on student performance that can inform instructional practice. Numerous assessment forms are included in the book and on an accompanying CD.

Purchasers appreciated the electronic tools, Esteves said. Responding to customers’ requests, Free Spirit released RTI Success as an e-book in 2010.

Esteves has included instruction on RTI in her Special Education Assessment course at Butler, and has lectured on the topic in other classes to support College of Education colleagues. She also led sessions on RTI during the 2011 TeachButler professional development conference.

Esteves and Whitten are working on a new manuscript that looks at RTI in middle school, to be published in 2013.

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