How to Fit Intervention into Your School Schedule

August 31, 2023

How to Fit Intervention into Your School Schedule
Bringing Classworks to Life in Your School

Fall is here! The changing leaves and temperatures tell us we are chugging along with the school year. Likely, your students have taken their screener assessments and you have a good idea of where your students are ready to learn.

We’re hearing from districts that they have a large population of students identified for intervention supports this year. However, how do you fit intervention into the already busy school day? This challenge is often more prevalent in elementary grades as classrooms don’t have a rotation schedule like in middle school.

So how do you get started? If you are using a tiered intervention program, like Classworks, there are many ways to weave intervention supports into the busy week.

Giving students the time they need to work on closing gaps is essential. Classworks recommends a minimum of 60 minutes per week per subject.

Here are three examples to successfully weave tiered intervention supports into your daily and weekly schedule.

1. Extended Learning Time for All Students

This classroom model allows students to focus on individualized interventions in reading and math as well as in progress monitoring during a dedicated time each day or week. Classworks also recommends incorporating SMART goal setting into ELT time using a digital goal tracker.

2. Intensive Intervention

Students receiving tier 3 supports benefit from spending 65 to 70 minutes per week per content area on their interventions. This is often accomplished with classroom time in groups or centers and pullout time.

Here’s an example of a schedule incorporating independent time to work on individualized interventions and Progress Monitoring. Allowing consistent weekly time to complete Progress Monitoring will give you the data you need to determine if interventions are working.  

Incorporating independent time to work on individualized interventions and Progress Monitoring

3. Daily Classroom Use

Try incorporating intervention time into your daily classroom schedule with small group rotations that include time to work on individualized lessons and goal setting.

While middle schools often have different schedules from traditional elementary schools, we recommend a small group rotation/double block, that may include:

  1. Additional classroom and pullout time
  2. Daily math and ELA activities, goal setting and tracking, and regular check-ins
  3. Individualized interventions and small group work

Lessons for Leaders
No matter the path you choose, building a sustainable and effective Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework makes it easier for your teachers to deliver effective interventions. Consider building dedicated intervention blocks into school schedules. Giving teachers the time they need to support struggling students eases their burden and ensures that students can be more successful on their path to grade-level proficiency.

Download our white paper, Adopt a Sustainable MTSS Frameworks, for recommendations.

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