The Role Of Central Office During The Intervention ( Rti ) Change Initiative At Florence Middle School ( Fms )

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Reflection 6 The role of the central office in the Response to Intervention (RTI) change initiative at Florence Middle School (FMS) began when the superintendent requested the school board approve the positions of the middle school interventionists in the district. Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, two high schools and the three middle schools in the district requested interventionists in anticipation of the new accountability model from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). The new accountability model calculated a school’s academic performance according to students’ growth on state assessments from one year to the next. Therefore, in 2013-2014, the schools requested interventionists be added to their faculties to better meet the needs of struggling students with significant learning gaps. The school board was unable to approve this request because the district’s budget could not afford the expense of the positions. In a study conducted by S.M. Johnson on the complexity of the superintendent’s role in school district leadership, she identified three types of leadership evident in the practice of successful superintendents: “educational leadership (focus on pedagogy and learning), political leadership (securing resources, building coalitions), and managerial leadership (using structures for participation, supervision, support, and planning)” (as cited in Fullan, 2006, p. 210). For the RTI change initiative, the superintendent showed these three types of

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