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February 16, 2012 ACTION UPDATE

Effective RTI Use and Decision Making in Reading and Math
A new three-part series from Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden breaks down the elements of accurate decision making at each step in the RTI process from screening to allocation decisions. The first section summarizes signs of effective RTI implementation and the final two parts demonstrate the RTI decision-making process through case examples in the areas of reading and mathematics. Read the Examples of Effective RtI Use and Decision Making Series for ideas on refining implementation efforts to make more accurate decisions and achieve stronger learning effects. 

RTI Interview Series - LD Identification
Many people are asking the question, “Does RTI speed or delay the identification of a Learning Disability?” We spoke with Drs. Lou Danielson and Judy Elliott about this very question. Watch the videos and hear the perspectives of these two leading experts in RTI.

RTI Blog: Using RTI Data to Inform SLD Determination 
Confused about the process of specific learning disability (SLD) identification? In the first part of this five-part blog series, Dr. Evelyn Johnson discusses the challenges of SLD determination and explores the benefits and limitations of various approaches. In future posts, Dr. Johnson will share Idaho’s approach to SLD identification and how they addressed the problems outlined in this blog post through a careful revision of their SLD identification policy and practice.


Is it possible to deliver RTI intervention services for Tier 2 using a total number of minutes per week rather than a set number of days? For example,  can students receive intervention 2 days a week for 45 minutes rather than 3 days a week for 30 minutes if the total number of intervention minutes both equal 90 minutes?

In her response, Carol M. Connor, Ph.D., Research Faculty Member at the Florida Center for Reading Research, explains the variables to consider when scheduling Tier 2 interventions.
RTI Implementation at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School
In this new installment of our Voices from the Field series, Principal Lori Smith tells of transitioning to a school-wide system of intervention at the junior high school level. She shares their strategies for building consensus and the challenges of establishing efficient systems for progress monitoring, but shows that the hard work is worth the results!
Support for the Voices From the Field provided by Cambium Learning Group.


NAESP 2012 Convention and Expo 
The national networking event of the year for elementary and middle-level principals, NAESP’s 2012 Conference and Expo will take place in Seattle, Washington, from March 22-24. The program is packed with informative Keynote and Plenary Sessions as well as dozens of Concurrent Sessions and an Expo where you’ll find the top suppliers for products and services your school needs. Register today!

National Professional Development Center
on Inclusion Releases Concept Paper!
The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) has released Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood: Building Consensus on the Defining Features, which evolved from two years of work that included gathering national input from multiple sources (listening sessions, national experts, work groups). Representatives of three national organizations (The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Head Start Association (NHSA)) participated in a process for developing guidance to the field.

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.
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