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January 17, 2012 ACTION UPDATE

The ABCs of School Support Services
What are the similarities and differences between programs and services provided under local RTI policies, Section 504, and special education programs under IDEA?  Jose Martín’s article, Understanding the Modern Menu of Public Education Services for Struggling Learners, deftly explains the menu of services available today and how they intersect and stand on their own to support student success.
Gaining Momentum (and Recognition!)
In his latest blog entry, A Middle Schools Principal's Perspective: Refining and Expanding RTI Implementation, Jon Ross highlights choice moments throughout the past school year where leadership, planning and teamwork proved essential to their successful RTI implementation. He also shares  information about selecting interventions and extending their RTI framework into higher grades.
Promising Examples of RTI in Action  
In the newly released Promising Examples of RtI Practices for Urban Schools, Alan Ripp, Patrick Jean-Pierre, and Edward Fergus walk you through a conceptual and structural framework of RTI implementation in urban settings using examples to explain the key elements of RTI. Discover promising ways to support urban school-systems in successfully implementing RTI.

Pre-K RTI – Large Gains for Small Kids 
Interested in learning about successfully implementing an RTI model in preschool settings? Verna Thompson, an Education Associate in the Delaware Department of Education, describes process and progress of Delaware's Early Childhood RTI Project in the latest Voices From the Field story.
Support for the Voices From the Field provided by Cambium Learning Group.


I understand RTI is based on instruction, but how and where does the actual curriculum fit in? Would you agree that no matter how intensely you teach a subject, if the curriculum is not appropriate, the student will never master the necessary skills?

Carolyn A. Denton, Ph.D., a researcher at the Children’s Learning Institute in Houston, TX, explains how all children within an RTI can learn, even in the direst situations, when several essential elements are working together like leadership, professional development and the curriculum.

RTI Parent Stories Survey
Parents' experiences with Response to Intervention (RTI) are a valuable resource, helping us to understand how RTI is working on a local level, and quantify how RTI is making a difference for students, especially your student. By filling out this five-minute survey, you will assist us in improving RTI, bringing attention to the RTI success stories in your area, and keeping school leaders, state leaders and Federal leaders up to date on the benefits of RTI.


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 Convention 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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