Week 11: EEO

March 30, 2014

What doe equal education look like? I think in a dream world that every parent would be equally dedicated to their children’s future and provide them with the necessary building blocks prior to entering schools. But, this does not happen!! So many of us have these interesting jobs of working in collaborative classrooms and trying to help students catch up with their peers.

 

Often students come to school ill prepared for what awaits them. If there were equality in education all students would come to school well supplied and well prepared. It breaks my heart that so many students come to school and do not even have basic skills, like writing their name, identifying their name, know their ABC’s or counting to twenty. Many school systems have put Response to Intervention (RTI) in place to help students in the classroom prior to being evaluated or having a child study done to identify student with a learning disability. RTI means “leaving a child in the regular school program while providing him or her with suitable intervention; only if that approach does not work is the child refereed for special education or disability services”  (Ornstein, Levine, Gutek, & Vocke, 2012, p. 393).

This tool helps students who may not be learning disabled, but have trouble picking up new information or need another method of instruction to help them learn or develop a skill.

I bring all of this information to light because special education frequently has skewed numbers of students where diversity is concerned. Often African American males are identified in larger numbers that other groups or cultures. Why is this? I’m not sure but I feel fairly confident saying that there are not as man African American males identified as gifted students. How do we change this numbers? What are we doing wrong and if we are doing something wrong how do we fix it? I think that RTI is a tool that helps bring the numbers down and helps to keep fewer students from being identified as learning disabled.

 

There are a ton of valid resources for differential instruction out there; you need to find what works better for your students and the classroom as a whole. By developing a solid foundation of differentiation for your students you help them develop and learn to have better skills and use resources at a higher level that they would have without differentiation and RTI.

 

Ornstein, A. C., Levine, D. U., Gutek, G. L., & Vocke, D. E. (2012).Foundations of education (12th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

 

Response to Intervention (RTI): The three tiers of RTI instruction. (2013, April 04). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2zySJwuizE

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