As the response to intervention (RTI) chairperson, I work with a school-based RTI team to determine what interventions would best accelerate the learning of students who need more intensive instruction to address problems in reading, writing, or math. Parents are always included as members of the RTI team process. I am responsible for the instructional scheduling and collection of all data for all Tier III students. I also provide Tier III reading, writing, and/or math intervention sessions and dyslexia tutoring five days per week. Tier III interventions are taught by our school team of highly trained interventionists for 250 minutes over a two-week period, either individually or in a very small group setting. A student’s progress is tracked by their interventionist as well as their classroom teacher. RTI student support team meetings (SST), are typically held every eight to 10 weeks to allow the RTI team to analyze student progress and decide on the best next steps for that student.
I’m Liz Mullins. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1984 from Lamar University. In 1988, I received a Master of Education and Reading Specialist degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. I earned an Educational Specialist degree in Reading from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012. In 2002, I became a National Board Certified teacher as a Middle Childhood Specialist and then re-certified in 2012. I started teaching in Texas in 1984 and taught in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Louisiana. I have been at Oakland Heights since 1997. I taught third grade for the first six years. I was Oakland’s instructional facilitator for 12 years, and am now a full-time interventionist. I am also Oakland’s parental involvement coordinator. I love helping my teaching partners, but my favorite thing about working at Oakland is seeing my students succeed and reach their goals!