Our Intervention Model
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered approach to the early identification and support of students with learning, social-emotional, and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning.
Sometimes, students need more of a challenge in the classroom. Our gifted & talented facilitator works with students who show exceptional potential in reading, writing, math, or other areas. Gifted & Talented Interventions can give students an opportunity to grow in an area of strength.
Interventions are applicable to social/emotional skills as well. Our counselor, Debbie Edwards, meets with small groups of students as needed to discuss social/emotional skills.
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Gifted & Talented Interventions
Sometimes, students need more of a challenge academically. Jennifer Bruns, our Gifted & Talented Facilitator, works with groups of students to offer more of a challenge aligned to what teachers are doing in the classroom. Mrs. Bruns will work with curriculum used in the classroom such as Wonders for reading and writing, and EnVision for math as well as structures specifically designed for gifted & talented students, such as the Depth and Complexity Framework. Additionally, Mrs. Bruns works with some students whose giftedness might fall outside of reading, writing, and math with creativity and leadership groups.
Orton Gillingham Groups
Orton Gillingham (OG) is a direct, multisensory, structured
and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to students such as those with dyslexia. OG is a phonetic, alphabetic, morphemic, syntactic, semantic approach to teaching. The intervention is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to good
Reading Comprehension Groups
Reading comprehension is supported in small groups consisting of 5-8 students. In lower grades we focus on strategies such as picture clues, vocabulary development, predictions, sequencing, and retell. In upper grades, students work on skills such as summarizing, finding the main idea/ supporting details, and determining the theme of a story. During guided reading students are grouped according to their instructional need or reading level. The same group of students meet for 6-8 weeks, however the groups are flexible. Students may be moved in and out based upon data or their reading growth.
At Coyote Creek we use teacher observations, I-READY math diagnostics and classroom performance to determine if a student needs additional support in math. Math RTI groups are flexible based on the skills and concepts introduced in each unit. Math intervention may look different at each grade level, but it always supports the skills and concepts covered in the Envision Math curriculum. In small groups, we are able to provide hands-on experiences and visual representations of concepts to enhance student understanding. Depending on the classroom or students’ needs, we may be part of a math rotation in a classroom, helping the teacher provide support with all students.
Our Intervention Team
Jennifer Goodman: RTI
My name is Jennifer Goodman and I am the Response to Intervention teacher at Coyote Creek. I grew up here in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994. I went back to get my Master's of Education with an emphasis in Instruction and Curriculum in 1998. I was lucky enough to get a first grade position here at CCE, many, many years ago. I quickly moved into a kindergarten position, which I taught for over 20 years. I shifted into the Interventionist role 5 years ago.
I have three kids, Tommi (27), Reid (25) and Jared (22). When I am not working, I enjoy playing soccer on a few "old lady" teams, hanging out with my kids and husband, playing with my three dogs, reading and running.
Lindsy Edmundson: RTI
My name is Lindsy Edmundson and I am proud to be an Interventionist here at Coyote Creek Elementary. I was born and raised in Indiana- GO HOOSIERS! I received my bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Elementary/ Mild Intervention. After moving to Colorado, I obtained my master’s degree at the University of Colorado in Special Education. This will be my 11th year in education. While I have taught a variety of grade levels throughout my career, working with children one-on-one to develop skills they find challenging, is my passion! I look forward to collaborating with you and supporting your child’s academic achievement this year.
When I’m not at school, you can find me with my husband and three children enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Colorado! We love camping, hiking, fishing, skiing together, sports, traveling and working on our 5-acre home in Sedalia. Please always feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions are my priority!
Keiko Short: RTI
Hello! I am so excited to be starting my fifth year at Coyote Creek. This will be my 19th year of teaching. I have taught in grades first through fifth and I have been a reading specialist at an independent school in Massachusetts. I am so grateful to be working on the RTI team with such amazing teachers. I love working with small groups of students for reading and math support to help build their self confidence, as well as to help develop their love for learning.
When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I have twin daughters who just graduated from college and a son who will be a Freshman at Rock Canyon High School. I also have four furry friends, 2 dogs and 2 cats! I love running, traveling, cooking, and reading. I have loved living in beautiful Colorado for the past nine years, and I am grateful for the amazing community I have found at CCE!
Jennifer Bruns: Gifted & Talented Interventions
Debbie Edwards: Counselor
Debbie Edwards: Counselor
I am a farm girl from North Dakota who moved to Colorado for a change of landscape almost 25 years ago. Since then I earned my MA in Counseling at Denver Seminary, met my husband, had our son and still love the mountains! But I’ve never wandered far from my rural roots. I appreciate the satisfaction that comes with hard work, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, and I find encouragement in watching things grow!
As a counselor and educator for the past 15 years I have had the opportunity to watch many people, young and old, grow and change and discover their potential in life. Seeing lives changed inspires me! I have always had a soft spot in my heart for children and families dealing with the many and varied stressors life can throw our way. And as the mother of an elementary age child, I’m discovering more and more what that looks like! Therefore, I am excited to be serving Coyote Creek as your School Counselor, to guide and encourage students, parents, and staff through the ups and downs of life.
I have been married to Shawn for 11 years and we have a 9 year old son and a pet fish. Together (minus the fish) we enjoy skiing, hiking, camping and exploring National Parks. I relax and de-stress by reading and spending time outdoors, walking, gardening, or just sitting still for a moment to soak up the sun.
Jennifer Bruns: Gifted & Talented Interventions
Hello! I am Jenn Bruns, your Gifted and Talented Facilitator! I am thrilled to be a part of this community. This year I will work with students to develop ALP goals that are meaningful and appropriately challenging for each student. I will support advanced learning in the regular classrooms, and provide accelerated and motivating challenges based on individual needs. We will complete some awesome STEM projects at school and I do not anticipate any homework. Please join my Google Classroom if you have not done so already!
Here’s a little about me:
I am a Colorado native, but I have also lived and taught 4th and 5th grade in Las Vegas, NV and Manassas, VA. I have been teaching since 2004; I’ve taught all grade levels K-6, including GT and Enrichment classes since 2007 in the Douglas County School District. This is my first year at Coyote Creek Elementary, and I am currently completing my Gifted and Talented certification through UCCS.
I am mom of three; 10 year old twins (Natalie and Nicholas) and a 7 year old (Ella). We also have a dog named Walter, cat named Romeo, and two guinea pigs– Aria and Calli. It's safe to say, we have a full house! I will share pictures of my family and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and learning about your families, pets, etc. In my free time (what little there is...), I like to do yoga, run, shop, paint, scrapbook, or read a good book. I also enjoy traveling and photography when time allows!