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November 15, 2011 ACTION UPDATE

RTI National Online Forum

On Thursday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the RTI Action Network will debut its newest RTI National Online Forum, "Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives.” This 80-minute webcast features a stimulating conversation with key experts on the role RTI can play in child development through high quality instruction and targeted interventions matched to children’s learning needs. Get more information on this RTI National Online Forum today!

Implementing RTI in Urban Settings

In this second article in a series, Chemay Morales-James and a team from New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education outline cultural adaptations to consider when developing and implementing RTI in urban settings. They also define a culturally responsive RtI approach to guide schools that are addressing disproportionate representation of minorities in suspension and special education.
 
RTI Blog: How to Utilize RTI Action Network Resources for Professional Development

Dawn Miller provides an introduction to the RTI Action Network's many free training resources on RTI for you and your staff. Focusing on the needs of busy professionals, Dawn Miller explains how she embeds the various resources in existing professional development opportunities as a way to share the information collectively to meet the needs of those seeking basic information as well as those engaged in higher-level problem solving.
 
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
Would a huge discrepancy in verbal and perceptual IQ (28 points) and in working memory and processing speed (30 points) be indicative of a learning disability? If a student scores in the upper percentile for reading and math, but tested low with comprehension should the low comprehension score be a flag for concern? What about those areas that are not "scored" on a test, such as hand writing, spatial concepts, coordination, etc.?

Dr. Jack Fletcher, a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston, answers these and other questions concerning testing, RTI, and LD identification in this month’s Ask the Experts feature.
 
 
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New Tutorial on Learning Disabilities

NCLD and Teachers Without Borders recently launched an online tutorial on the basics of learning disabilities for general education teachers. Learning disabilities have unique characteristics from other disorders or learning issues and require a keen understanding of these differences to provide students with what they need to be successful in school. This free, engaging professional development resource on learning disabilities was designed to equip general education teachers with a broad set of basic resources to inform their practice and guide their lesson planning and collaboration with other professionals in their school.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has released their RtI brochure!

AOTA is pleased to announce a new RtI brochure that is downloadable from the AOTA website. Providing a short introduction to occupational therapy, AOTA outlines how occupational therapy can be complimentary to the intervention process. Click to browse the brochure!

RTI Action Network Discussion Boards
 
View our Discussion Boards to post your thoughts or questions on RTI. The following forums are currently available: RTI at Pre-K level, K-5 level and Secondary level, as well as a General RTI discussion section. We encourage you to visit the RTI Action Network Discussion Boards today!

 
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