Six stages of implementation that can facilitate planning and the eventual execution of an effective RTI model should be considered (Fixsen et al. 2007):
- Initial Implementation
- Full Implementation
The Exploration Stage is time for institutions to learn about the RTI framework. During this stage educational institutions should attend seminars and trainings, define critical components of change, and identify how change and the use of the RTI framework aligns with the institution's current vision. Goals and objectives should be discussed and a leadership consensus to move forward toward the Installation Stage should be established.
Time should be scheduled to visit schools that have been identified as implementing the RTI framework with fidelity.
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Fixsen, D., Naoom, S., Blase, K., & Wallace, F. (2007). Implementation: The missing link between research and practice. The APSAC Advisor, p. 4-10.