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PYRAMID RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION PROGRAM We implement the Pyramid Response to Instruction (PRTI) in our school. The program is based on the book by Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, and Chris Weber (2009) called Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond when Kids Don’t Learn. As a staff we decided that we needed to be more proactive in addressing students’ needs and PRTI is a systematic program that guides us in responding to the diverse learning needs of all students. We said we wanted to be place where we expected students to be successful and where failure was not an option. Click for an overview of the program: FLVT PRTI Pyramid Response to Intervention (PRTI) is a systematic program that guides teachers’ actions in responding to students' learning needs. Buffum et al. (2009) developed their program on a foundation of Professional Learning Communities whereby staff collaboratively identifies, places and monitors students in interventions based on students’ deficits as identified through assessments. The program uses a pyramid structure to illustrate the differing levels of interventions, encourages the use of universal screening to identify students requiring extra time and support, and involves frequent progress monitoring to measure the effect of the research-based interventions (Buffum et al., 2009). The interventions also need to be timely meaning “at the first indication” that students are struggling, “directive rather than invitational,” implemented systematically, and flexibly so students can return to the “regular instruction program as quickly as possible” (Buffum et al., 2009, p. 8). Reference: Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Weber, C. (2009). Pyramid response to intervention: RTI, professional learning communities, and how to learn when kids don’t learn. Bloomington: Solution Tree.