Pelham UFSD: Jim Wright's MTSS Resources

On W 4 March 2020, Jim Wright presented on topics of data collection and behavior management to  MTSS Team members from the 4 Pelham elementary schools. Here are resources from that workshop:

On W 13 Nov 2019, Jim Wright consulted with MTSS Team members from the 4 Pelham elementary schools. Here are resources shared at that training:


  • Behavior Report Card Maker. This app allows the teacher to format and print off customized daily behavior report cards for classroom data collection.
  • Tier 2/3 Intervention Website: What Works Clearinghouse. This website reviews core instruction and intervention programs in reading & mathematics, as well as other academic areas. The site reviews existing studies and draws conclusions about whether specific intervention programs show evidence of effectiveness.


On Th 29 August 2019, Jim Wright met with Pelham staff to discuss RTI/MTSS for Academics. Here are resources shared that day:

General Academic Skills
Acquisition of Academic Item-Set
Reading: Phonics/Alphabetics
Reading: Sight-Word Vocabulary

Sight-Word Vocabulary. The student has rapid recognition of sight-words. 

Reading Fluency

 Fluency. The student reads with adequate fluency to comprehend the text.

  • Assisted Cloze. The tutor reads aloud while the student follows along silently in the practice passage. Then the student reads aloud.
  • Choral Reading. The tutor (lead reader) reads aloud while the reading group or class all read aloud as well.
  • Duet Reading. The tutor and student alternate in reading aloud, with the tutor deciding how much text the student reads during their turn.
  • Echo Reading. Student and tutor alternate in reading short sections of the practice passage.
  • Listening Passage Preview. The student listens to the passage read aloud, then reads the passage aloud with tutor feedback.
  • Passage Preview in Sections. The tutor and student rehearse/read the passage in sections.
  • Paired Reading. The tutor and student read aloud together from a passage, until the student isgnals that they would like to read alone.
  • Repeated Reading. The student reads a passage several times in succession with tutor feedback about accuracy and fluency.
  • Repeated Reading: Group. This version of repeated reading is delivered to a group of 3 students.
  • HELPS Program. This free program provides 15-minute 1:1 tutoring sessions to work on reading fluency. NOTE: Teachers create a free account on the HELPS site and then can access the free materials.
Reading Comprehension

Self-Monitoring:The student monitors understanding of the text while reading.

  • Click or Clunk. The student uses self-signals to monitor understanding at the sentence, paragraph, and page level--and applies 'fix-up' skills.
  • Reading Reflection Pauses. The student monitors understanding periodically and applies fix-up skills.

 Main Idea:The student locates the main idea of a paragraph or passage in informational text.

  • Main Idea Maps. The student uses a graphic organizer to record main idea and supporting details of a passage.
  • Question Generation. The student locates or creates main-idea sentences for all paragraphis in a passage and uses them to create study cards.
  • Read-Ask-Paraphrase. The student locates main idea and supporting details for each paragraph and summarizes them on a graphic organizer. 
    RAP Interactive Form
  • Read Actively. THe student reads, covers, recalls from memory, and rereads each paragraph to boost comprehension.
  • Partner Retell. The student reads a passage, then pairs with another student to engage in a tutoring exchange to identify main idea.
  • Repeated Reading With Oral/Written Retell. The student reads a passage several times and is asked to write or recite the key information from the passage.

Linking Ideas:The student makes connections between ideas in the text.

Spelling Acquisition. The student is able to spell a grade-appropriate range of words correctly.
  • Cover-Copy-Compare.  The student studies spelling-word (or sight-word) models, covers them, copies them from memory, and compares copied words to the originals. CCC Interactive Form
  • Self-Correction with Verbal Cues. The student takes a brief spelling pre-test, follows a self-guided process to check and correct spelling errors using verbal cues, and then takes a spelling post-test

 Sentence Complexity. The student writes sentences of appropriate variety and complexity for the subject and/or grade level.


Self-Management in Academic Skills. The student uses appropriate skills and strategies to manage their own learning.