What does effective intervention look like?
As teams and schools evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions, their interventions must align with the following characteristics:
Systematic: Simply put, an intervention is systematic if the team or school can guarantee that each student who needs extra time and assistance, receives it without missing new instruction on learning targets/GVC.
Research-based: Their must be evidence that the intervention has a high likelihood of working AND is working for a vast majority of students.
Targeted: Interventions are most effective when they target the student and the standard. Hence, teams need to be absolutely clear on the GVC/learning targets in order to intervene effectively.
Administered by a trained professional: Simply put, the professional conducting the intervention is trained to complete the intervention. Generally speaking, the greater the needs of the students in the intervention, the greater the need for an expert in the targeted area of need.
Directive: Students should not have the option if they receive intervention or not. School’s and team’s intervention efforts should be directive, requiring students who need additional time and support to attend the intervention and then monitoring that this occurs.
Adapted from Mike Mattos et. al., Concise answers to frequently asked questions about professional learning communities at work. Bloomington, IN. Solution Tree Press. 2016