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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. 

Scroll down to meet our intervention team! 

Intervention 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

classroom teaching.

Reading Comprehension

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.  Students may be moved in and out of these groups based upon data, the specific skills being covered, and reading growth.  

Math Interventions

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. 

Gifted & Talented

Sometimes, students need more of a challenge academically. Amber McFarland, 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. McFarland 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. McFarland works with some students whose giftedness might fall outside of reading, writing, and math. For more information, please visit our Gifted & Talented page. 

Social/Emotional Interventions

Our counselor, Debbie Edwards, and our social worker, Caroline Dollase, support students with social emotional skills, executive functioning, behavior support, self management, problem solving, and more. They use resources such as the CASEL Framework and the MindUP curriculum. For more information, please see our counseling site. 

Our Intervention Team

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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. 

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Lori Bowen: RTI

Hi Coyote Creek Family! I am Lori Bowen and I am so excited to be working with the RTI Interventionist team this year. I was raised in Cody, Wyoming. After graduating High School I moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas. I stayed in Austin and taught 1st grade for three years. In 2001, I moved to Denver to open Eldorado Elementary. I taught 1st and 2nd grades for 21 years at Eldorado. After teaching in the classroom for 24 years, I am excited to be pulling groups of all ages now. I love working with small groups to watch them grow and develop in reading and math. 


When I am not teaching you will find me spending time with friends or my family. I have been married for 20 years and we have two boys. Jake is 17 years old and a senior at Chatfield, and Carter is a 16-year-old sophomore at Chatfield. I am often driving Carter around town to different golf tournaments or helping Jake prepare for DECA and FBLA activities. We have two dogs that love to take as many walks as we can give. As a family, we enjoy hiking, traveling, reading, and attempting pickleball. In the fall I love watching football and cheering for my Texas Longhorns. 

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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!

Debbie Edwards: Counselor

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