Date of Graduation


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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Learning and Instruction


Learning & Instruction EdD

First Advisor

Patricia Busk

Second Advisor

Kevin Oh

Third Advisor

Christopher Thomas


This mixed-method study investigated how two schools implemented RtI² and what core components of RtI² the faculty and staff perceived as priorities for implementation. Participants included teachers, school psychologists, and administrators at two schools with similar demographics. The study included a self-assessment survey, document analysis, the observation of staff development and classroom and grade-level team meetings, followed by focus-group interviews. Rankings of the core components of RtI² varied for each school based on the school culture, resources, and needs. The two schools in this study experienced very different issues, concerns, and strengths; all of which may inform other schools anticipating implementation of RtI².

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