What is the DBI-TLC project and how is it supporting the implementation of data-based instruction for struggling writers?

Question: What is the DBI-TLC project and how is it supporting the implementation of data-based instruction for struggling writers?

Answer: I’d like to talk a little bit today about a project that I am working on with one of the other coaches actually for the NCII, Kristen McMaster; she is at the University of Minnesota. Together, the two of us are working on a project in early writing that incorporates data-based individualization or our sort of take on DBI for use with early writers, actually from grades first through third grade. The goal of the project is to train teachers. It’s a professional development grant from the Institute of Education Sciences. We are working to train teachers on data-based decision making, intervention, progress monitoring — for some of their students most at risk. This is really parallel to what we are trying to do with the National Center on Intensive Intervention, so it is really a perfect fit for us. The first step in our project is to get some initial feedback from teachers on the modules we have developed. We have developed content to train them on things like data-based decision making, progress monitoring, decision-making rules, graphing data, and then perhaps most importantly to a lot of teachers, what interventions they can use. The modules really fall so nicely parallel to the modules that have been developed for the National Center on Intensive Intervention. So our first step is to work with teachers to get feedback, initial feedback on those modules and then to actually take that content and implement it with teachers. We will continue to get their feedback and then finally in year three, we will be implementing with teachers and actually collecting data in a small pilot study to see how their students perform when they implement all of these pieces of data-based decision making. So stay tuned for more information, but we are really excited about this similar project on DBI in the area of early writing.

Learn more about the DBI-TLC project and find resources and materials at http://education.missouri.edu/DBITLC.

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National Center on Intensive Intervention