Approximate time to complete: 30 minutes 

Download the Course Companion document before starting this course. You can use the Companion to take notes on your learning, address reflection prompts, and as an easy way to retrieve course resources.  

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to: 
  • Describe how to determine if students need different intervention approaches and how to intensify intervention 
  • Analyze their own intervention practices to identify steps for improvement

Consider This Scenario

Connection Point

In your Course Companion, consider these questions:  

  • Can you relate to this scenario? In what ways are your challenges in literacy instruction similar or different? 

The building leadership team at York Elementary has worked to implement a screening and diagnostic assessment system in their building. This has led to a much better understanding of which students struggle to read and why they are struggling. It has also allowed the staff to match students with interventions that are designed to meet their specific needs. However, the staff still has questions. How long do students need these interventions? How often? Are some approaches and strategies for delivering interventions better than others? 

Designing Intervention and Using Decision Rules with Dr. Tim Odegard

In this video, Dr. Odegard discusses how to intensify intervention and use decision rules to support students who have reading difficulties. There is a place in your Course Companion to take notes on the video. 

After watching the video, answer the following questions in your Course Companion: 
  • Did you see anything from the video that confirmed or challenged your current approach to intervention? Why? 
  • Identify one or two pieces of advice or guidance from the video that you can incorporate into your practice. What steps do you need to take to make the change? 

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Knowledge Check

Take the following short quiz to check your knowledge. Click the square button to expand the quiz.


Take a few minutes to look through the Intervention Plan for Small Groups and Individual Students from the National Center on Intensive Intervention. 

In your Course Companion, answer the following questions: 

  • Do you currently have an intervention planning document like this? 
  • Based on this document and the video, are there ways you can improve or begin to create your own intervention planning documents? 

Course Reflection

Answer the following questions in your Course Companion.
Consider Dr. Odegard's recommendations for increasing instructional intensity:

  • Are there specific approaches that you can either begin to use or improve in your own practice? 
  • What steps do you need to take to ensure these changes are done well? 

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