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March 20, 2012 ACTION UPDATE

Thought Leaders Network
What do the art world and the world of education have in common?  They each serve a diverse audience with ever changing needs and interests.  In this segment of the Thought Leaders Network Series, innovations in the realm of the visual arts, as detailed by Richard Koshalek of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, serve as the platform for Stevan Kukic, Ph.D., to outline how innovation in the realm of instruction – with the inclusion of new technologies, increased attention to individual needs, and use of student data – benefit learners and have the potential to increase achievement for all. 

RTI Blog: Saving RTI from the Budget Ax
New thinking about how we allocate resources is essential during this time of escalating budget cuts. Principal Lauren Campsen’s latest blog entry, Saving RTI from the Budget Ax, outlines the strategies used at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia, to close the ever-widening gap between student academic needs and staffing resources.

RTI Talk: The Leader’s Role in RTI Implementation
March 28, 2012, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Join Albert DuPont for our next RTI Talk as he answers your questions about building consensus in the face of resistance to change, encouraging active participation, and determining when it is necessary to establish “non-negotiables” that everyone must follow. Dr. DuPont will also offer tips and strategies for leading change initiatives based on his experiences implementing RTI in elementary schools.

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The Colorado Department of Education and the RTI Action Network invite state department of education staff to join a community of practice that focuses on RTI implementation at the state level. Over the course of three virtual meetings over the next three months, state-level staffs who are in charge of RTI implementation will have the unique opportunity to interact with their colleagues across the United States to share advances, challenges and solutions regarding RTI implementation.  If interested, please RSVP to with the subject line "State Community of Practice" no later than March 28th.
The RTI Implementation Rubrics
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has developed a set of fidelity tools to improve outcomes for students in Colorado and to support a scaling up of effective practices across the state. The RtI Implementation Rubrics are designed to assist districts, schools, and educators with the implementation of RtI by providing the means to reflect on policies and practices at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to continually improve outcomes for students. Currently, the CDE is working to ensure the school-level rubric reflects educational best practices and current research, while also ensuring it meets the needs of stakeholders. In order to gain additional information concerning the school-level rubric, the CDE is requesting survey feedback from RTI Action Update subscribers. Please review the Rubrics and complete the brief survey now. Thank you for your participation.

University of Kansas Postdoctoral Research Opportunity
The Postdoctoral Training Program at the Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP) is recruiting for 2 postdoctoral researchers, full time, for a two-year period beginning August-September, 2012, at 100% FTE. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide the Postdoctoral Researcher with experience that will enable their ability to conduct high quality special education research in early childhood settings. The goal of the training program is to prepare early childhood researchers with the content, methodology, and competitive proposal development skills necessary to conduct the next generation of research on the RTI approach in early intervention and early childhood special education. For more information and to apply, view the description for position number 00209565 under Unclassified Professional Staff on the University of Kansas website.

RTI Training at the NASP Summer Conferences

The National Association of School Psychologists’ 2012 Summer Conferences, scheduled for July 9–11 in Denver, CO, and July 23–25 in Minneapolis, MN, will offer a wide variety of sessions focused on RTI. All school professionals who need additional RTI training can benefit from attending the summer conferences. For complete session information and to register online, visit the NASP website.

Visit the RTI Marketplace
The RTI Marketplace is a centralized resource for finding products and services developed by Partners of the RTI Action Network. We choose offerings that we believe are of high quality and support the effective, responsible, and comprehensive implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI).  Browse the RTI Marketplace to find a broad selection of books, DVDs, seminars, and other offerings. Shop the RTI Marketplace today!
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