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December 15, 2011 ACTION UPDATE

Thought Leaders Network

The Thought Leaders Network Series gives you access to the thinking of visionary leaders in a range of disciplines, then the key national leaders in RTI provide you their commentary on how advances in these fields can inform and advance the RTI movement. In this new entry, Lynn Fuchs constructs an analogy between innovation in technology and innovation in RTI Implementation. Watch "Rethinking RTI Practices a Decade Later" to learn how innovations in planning and implementation can benefit the next generation of the RTI movement. 


RTI Blog: Achieving Improved Vocabulary Skills

Nancy Adams, an early childhood teacher in an inclusive classroom from Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, IL, outlines an approach for improving vocabulary skill development in preschool children in her latest blog entry.  See how linking assessment information to specific skill-based intentional teaching can increase gains in early childhood settings.
 
 
RTI Talk: Using RTI to Improve Preschool Outcomes

Mary Anne Lesiak and Lydia Carlis from AppleTree Learning in Washington, DC, answered questions about key RTI issues and offered tips for how school teams can work together to introduce and sustain RTI at the preschool level in this month’s RTI Talk.  Read the transcript to see their responses as they explored specific issues and explained how multi-tiered systems can improve preschool outcomes.



QUESTION OF THE MONTH

“My school district is trying to set up a successful RTI process. Our team is unable to agree on what adequate progress is. Some of us believe that Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions should “close the gap.” Others on the team say “any progress is good progress,” even if the “gap” isn’t closing. Can you provide me with any information on what adequate progress is?”

Dawn Miller, Innovative Projects Facilitator in the Shawnee Mission Public Schools in Kansas, says that not all progress is the same and suggests teams consider key questions about individual student growth when discussing what adequate progress is in their setting.
 

Pre-K Teacher with Student
 
 
Creating an RTI Implementation Blueprint

Successful implementation of RTI requires more than team buy-in, structured planning is essential for success. The "Create Your Implementation Blueprint" Series walks through six key stages of planning for implementing RTI.  Each stage offers activities and tips intended to bring a greater awareness to the essential questions and conversations RTI planning teams need to consider while creating their RTI plan.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

NASDSE has released the State Blueprint for RTI
This blueprint provides a step-by-step approach for implementing RtI at the state level and taking implementation down to the local district and school building levels. The guide includes a self-assessment tool to help guide state efforts. This document is available for free downloading. Visit NASDSE's website to download a free copy of the State Blueprint or the other two Blueprints in the series: The District Level Blueprint, and the School Building Level Blueprint. Print copies are also available for purchase.


NASP 2012 Annual Convention
Join the RTI Action Network team in Philadelphia for the NASP 2012 Annual Convention where you’ll hear cutting edge research on improving children’s emotional well-being. The convention offers a unique opportunity to connect with your peers, profession experts, and school psychology legends. You’ll get in-depth, in person training and practical, field-tested strategies. Top-notch content paired with cost-conscious options make this year’s convention one you won’t want to miss! Register now!


NAESP 2012 Conference and Expo
In Seattle, Washington from March 22-24, the RTI Action Network team will also be in attendance at the NAESP 2012 Conference and Expo. The program is packed with content-rich, career-enhancing experiences, from Keynote and Plenary Sessions to dozens of Concurrent Sessions and an Expo where you’ll find all the top suppliers for products and services your school needs. It’s also the national networking event of the year for elementary and middle-level principals. Register today!
 
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