Response to Intervention (RTI)

RTI Website (Literacy and Math) SME Reading Intervention Frequently Asked Questions



How are kids identified and recommended for reading intervention at Stone Mountain?

Students are identified by using both teacher observations and data from assessments such as IREADY, DIBELS, CSA, and other classroom measures.  Any students that are exhibiting below grade level performance in one or more measures are considered for intervention. A team of your child’s grade level teachers, the literacy interventionists, and administration meet to determine the students that would benefit from reading intervention.    


What curriculum is used for reading intervention?

The research based intervention program used at Stone Mountain is called Leveled Literacy Intervention by Fountas and Pinnell.  Lesson components include phonics/word work, vocabulary study, fluency practice with fiction and non-fiction texts, comprehension skills, and writing skills.


When will my child meet with the interventionists?

Students will meet in a small group setting of no more than six students for thirty minutes.  Groups meet five days a week for students in kindergarten through third grade. The fourth through sixth graders will meet for intervention three days per week.  


How is my child’s progress monitored?

The interventionist will be checking in with your child’s teacher periodically to report on their progress. Data points provided by iReady and other assessments will be used to help formally track student progress.  Informal assessments will occur regularly by reading one on one with each student.


Will you be at my child’s conferences?

Jodi Tilbury will be available each night of conferences on a drop-in basis.  Jennifer Troxell will be available one of the two nights per her part-time schedule.  


How long does the RTI session last?

Students are placed in RTI for sessions that last between 4 and 6 weeks.  At the end of each session, an RTI meeting is held to evaluate new groups for the next session.  Groups are fluid, meaning that students may move in and out of RTI based on their needs.


What will my child miss when they are in intervention?

We have worked hard to align the schedule so that students are coming to reading intervention during their literacy time.  They will receive reading instruction within their classroom with their classroom teacher and then will get a second round of instruction during their intervention time.  Students who are pulled for intervention should not be missing any direct instruction from their classroom teachers.


Will my child have intervention homework?

While your child will not have homework assignments for intervention, you can continue to support them in their reading efforts at home.  It is recommended that they read at least 20 minutes per night. Students should also have the opportunity to talk about their reading with you to ensure comprehension.


How do I get in touch with my child’s reading intervention teacher?

Jodi Tilbury is the reading intervention teacher for grades K-3.  Her email address is jtilbury1@dcsdk12.org.  She is at Stone Mountain Monday through Friday.  


Jennifer Troxell is the reading intervention teacher for grades 4-6.  Her email address is jatroxell@dcsdk12.org.  She is at Stone Mountain on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.