Interactive DBI Process

Intensive intervention helps students with severe and persistent learning or behavioral needs. The Center's approach to intensive intervention is data-based individualization (DBI).

What is DBI?
DBI is a research-based process for individualizing and intensifying interventions through the systematic use of assessment data, validated interventions, and research-based adaptation strategies.

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Flowchart depicting the steps in DBI. 1. Validated Intervention Program 2. Progress Monitor. If responsive, go back to Progress Monitor. If unresponsive move to step 3. Diagnostic Assessment/Functional Behavior Assessment. 4. Intervention Adaptation. 5. Progress Monitor. If responsive, go back to Progress Monitor. If unresponsive go back to step 3.

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What does the research tell us about the use of Direct Behavior Rating (DBR) to measure behavioral progress?
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Interested in tiered instruction for math, teaching fractions, and supporting struggling students? Join the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) and National Center on Systemic Improvement (NCSI) for our next webinar, Making Fractions Make Sense: Considerations for Secondary and Intensive Intervention  on January 29, 2015 from 3:00-4:15pm ET. This webinar presented by  Drs. Russell Gersten, Sarah Powell, and Robin Finelli Schumacher, will discuss the importance of fractions instruction and typical challenges faced by students, share recommendations for fractions instruction, and provide considerations for supporting students within secondary or Tier 2 and intensive intervention. Click here to register. If you are unable to attend the live event, an archived version will be shared on our website after the event.