A Resource Mapping Case Study
Resource mapping is a crucial step during the initial stages of aligning RTI2-A and RTI2-B. For one District Leadership Team (DLT) partnering with the Tennessee TSC in East Tennessee, the process has been an incredibly eye-opening experience.
Resource mapping involves identifying and cataloging the current academic and behavior (i.e., RTI2-A + RTI2-B) supports and practices being implemented by a district or school; once all existing supports are cataloged, a district or school team can analyze those existing practices, identify areas of strength and areas for growth, and select additional supports through informed decision-making (McIntosh & Goodman, 2016).
Our partner’s first task – listing out all committees and teams DLT members serve on – revealed just how much was on each member’s list of tasks. All were of great importance and focused on the distinct needs of the district, but it was clear everyone was stretched thin between all these initiatives. Having the visual of these moving parts listed out in front of them allowed our partner district to collectively take a step back and think. Their priority now becomes the consideration of how best to optimize time and create efficiency by combining actions, modifying structures, or eliminating tasks that could be collapsed into other groups.
Aligning evaluative resources can help districts identify areas of growth in each of these areas: effectiveness (e.g., correcting inaccurate administration of an assessment) and efficiency (e.g., eliminating the use of multiple measures that provide the same types of information; McIntosh & Goodman, 2016).
One of the benefits of partnership with Tennessee TSC is access to technical assistance coaching on topics like resource mapping. Technical assistance consultants are available in each of the grand divisions of Tennessee. Maybe you are with a district who is dealing with a similar issue. Feel free to contact us for assistance or questions with aligning your academic and behavior supports.
McIntosh, K. & Goodman, S. (2016). Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports: Blending RTI and PBIS. Gulliford Press.