Intensive Intervention in Mathematics Course Content

Intensive instruction was recently identified as a high-leverage practice in special education, and DBI is a research based approach to delivering intensive instruction across content areas (NCII, 2013). This course provides learners with an opportunity to extend their understanding of intensive instruction through in-depth exposure to DBI in mathematics, complete with exemplars from actual classroom teachers.

NCII, through a collaboration with the University of Connecticut and the National Center on Leadership in Intensive Intervention and with support from the CEEDAR Center, developed course content focused on enhancing educators’ skills in intensive mathematics intervention. The course includes eight modules that can support faculty and professional development providers with instructing pre-service and in-service educators who are learning to implement intensive mathematics intervention through data-based individualization (DBI). The content in this course complements concepts covered in the Features of Explicit Instruction Course and so we suggest that users complete both courses.

Modules 1-8: Intensive Intervention in Mathematics

There are 8 modules within this course. Each course has an introduction, three parts, and a conclusion.


Are you a faculty member interested in learning how this content can be used in your course? In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Powell provided an overview of the available content and a Q&A session about how the content can be used. View webinar.

Are you an educator working with students with math difficulty? In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Powell presented about intensive intervention in mathematics. View webinar.

Related Course Content


Course Overview


CEC Standards Addressed


Suggested Reading List

Sample Lessons

Mathematics Strategies to Support Intensifying Interventions


Course content can be “flipped,” allowing for participants to practice learned content in the classroom after independently viewing a course lecture video. Course instructors/coaches can incorporate a variety of practice-based opportunities including: video analysis, microteaching, virtual simulations, and/or lesson studies to ensure ample time for feedback and reflection prior to classroom application.

Our sincerest appreciation to the educators in Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island for their enthusiasm, time, energy, and commitment to piloting this course content. View our Voices from Field Video to hear from one of the participating teachers.