The Response to Intervention initiative has risen to the top of today’s instructional agenda and yet it is a process that is unfamiliar terrain for many teachers and administrators. To help educators acquire a fuller understanding of the complexity of response to intervention designs, literacy researcher and best-selling author Dick Allington offers clear recommendations to guide classroom teachers in designing response to intervention (RTI) programs such that struggling readers will develop their reading proficiencies to match those of their achieving peers. Unlike any other book on the topic, Allington provides a research-base that supports closing the reading achievement gap along with implications this has for designing RTI programs.

In addition, he provides a comprehensive discussion of the factors that inhibit poor, disabled, and English language learners from achieving and offers a number of research-based instructional strategies and routines for turning struggling readers into achieving readers. Teachers will be inspired and confident to design programs that respond to instruction and intervention!

Written by the authors you know and trust, each of the books in the What Really Matters series offers a succinct presentation of what matters most when teaching different aspects of the reading process. With a thought-provoking, rich presentation, Pat Cunningham and Dick Allington explore complex issues teachers of reading face in today’s classrooms and bring each of the topics to life. These brief and inexpensive books are written in a lively narrative with clear organization, exceptional pedagogy, and special features. Their friendly design and compact size make the books accessible, convenient, and easy-to read.