Entries by Mike Mattos

Connecting PLCs and RTI


The fundamental purpose of the Professional Learning Community process is captured in Big Idea #1: When a school or district functions as a PLC, educators within the organization embrace high levels of learning for all students as the reason the organization exists and the fundamental responsibility of those who work within it. (DuFour et all, 2016) Read more

Want the Right Kind of Thinking About RTI? Ask the Right Questions!


(This blog is a crosspost from the Solution Tree Blog) A few years ago, we wrote an article that appeared in Educational Leadership called “The Why Behind RTI.” In this article, we . . . Read more

When Homework Is Not Being Done at Home


Whenever I present on effective interventions, one of the most common questions I receive is: “Too many of our students just won’t try . . . how do we motivate them to do their . . . Read more

Getting the Most Out of Common Assessments


Like most schools that begin implementing PLC practices, the faculty at Pioneer Middle School learned about the importance of common formative assessments and decided to utilize this powerful tool to help us focus on learning. Unfortunately, as time progressed… Read more

How Will We Respond When Students Don’t Learn?


It is essential to implement both professional learning communities (PLC) and response to intervention (RTI) because these complementary processes are considered research-based best practices to . . . Read more