To support English Learners (ELs) with intensive intervention needs it is important to (a) deliver instruction that represents culturally and linguistically sustaining best practices, and (b) distinguish the needs and assets of learners to improve progress (i.e., second-language acquisition, culture, learning challenges). This brief illustrates considerations for implementing data-based individualization (DBI) with ELs that accounts for their unique academic, social, behavioral, linguistic, and cultural experiences, assets, and needs.
Implementation Guidance and Considerations
This video features reflections from Bill Rasplica, the former executive director of Franklin Pierce Schools, about his experiences implementing DBI, lessons learned, and recommendations for other district leaders.
After initial data-based individualization (DBI) implementation, schools and districts need to own the work and deliver ongoing support, including supports for new teachers within existing budgets and staff time. Planning for sustainability upfront can help district leaders to streamline their implementation efforts. In New York City, Jason Borges and Meghan Duffy from the New York City Department of Education have found several successful strategies for DBI implementation that have helped make DBI self-sustaining. This audio story shares their DBI implementation approach, successes, and lessons learned about sustainability. The recording is broken into three parts.
In this Voices from the Field post, we archive the presentations from day 3 of the NCII 10-year celebration of the implementation of intensive intervention. On this day, panelists shared stories focused on improving outcomes for students through DBI implementation.
In this Voices from the Field post, we archive the presentations from day 2 of the NCII 10-year celebration of the implementation of intensive intervention. On this day, panelists shared stories focused on preparing in-service and pre-service educators and leaders to implement intensive intervention.
In this Voices from the Field post, we archive the presentations from day 1 of the NCII 10-year celebration of the implementation of intensive intervention. On this day, panelists shared stories focused on creating the systems to support implementation of intensive intervention.
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has been working closely with NCII to align and scale up use of data-based individualization (DBI) across the state. One of the strategies CDE has used is the development of virtual learning resources and online learning modules on DBI to help make professional learning accessible to all educators. In this Voices from the Field video, Dr. Jason Harlacher and Veronica Fielder share CDE’s process for developing virtual learning modules on DBI and their strategies for ensuring the modules are accessible to educators.
This three-part Voices from the Field video series profiles how Education Service Center (ESC) 15 in Texas approached implementing the DBI process in San Saba Independent School District (ISD). In these videos, Dedra Carter and Valerie Moos from ESC 15 and Jenna McSherry from San Saba ISD, discuss their experiences and recommendations for other districts implementing DBI.
During fall 2020, educators provided virtual, in-person, and hybrid intervention with an ongoing need to engage with and support parents and families. Although the context and environment may have changed, the focus on providing high-quality interventions with validated practices, monitoring student progress, and adapting and intensifying supports based on student data as outlined in the data-based individualization (DBI) process continues to be applicable across virtual, in-person, or hybrid models. This document presents considerations for implementing DBI in light of COVID-19 with an emphasis on delivery in virtual settings.
This guide is a set of strategies and key practices with the ultimate goal of supporting students with the most intensive behavioral needs, their families, and educators in their transitions back to school during and following the global pandemic in a manner that prioritizes their health and safety, social and emotional needs, and behavioral and academic growth.