Springs UFSD: Jim Wright's Workshops

On Wednesday, 2 September 2015, Jim Wright presented to staff from the Springs United Free School District on the topic, How Elementary Staff Can Serve as Effective RTI First-Responders. Here are resources shared at that training:

Tier 1: Universal Instruction & Classroom Intervention

Here are skills-checklists discussed at the training:

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.
  • 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.
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
  • Partner Retell. The student reads a passage, then pairs with another student to engage in a tutoring exchange to identify main idea.

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.

  • Academic Survival Skills. The student possesses strong work habits in global skills such as time management, study skills, and organization.

Methods of Data Collection

Curriculum-Based Measurement: Sample Measures and Norms

CBM Type

Online CBM Application

CBM Directions & Norms

CBM: Letter Name Fluency & Letter Sound Fluency
 Letter Name Fluency Generator  LNF/LSF: Directions & Norms

CBM: Oral Reading Fluency

Reading Passage Generator

DIBELS Next: Free Reading Passages (NOTE: You must create a free account to access these materials.)

Oral Reading Fluency: Directions & Norms

CBM: Maze Passages (Comprehension)

Maze Passage Generator

DIBELS Next: Free Maze ('Daze') Passages (NOTE: You must create a free account to access these materials.)

Maze: Directions & Norms

CBM: Early Math Fluency
Early Math Fluency Generator Early Math Fluency: Directions & Norms

CBM: Math Computation

Math Worksheet Generator: Intervention Central

SuperKids.com Math Worksheet Generator

Math Computation: Directions & Norms

CBM: Written Expression

Writing Probe Generator

Writing: Directions & Norms

Cumulative Mastery Log


Behavioral Checklists

Behavior Report Cards