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April 19, 2012 ACTION UPDATE

RTI in Secondary Schools 
The current state of low literacy rates and high drop-out statistics at the high school level are jarring. Increased usage of RTI models in high school show long term promise. Response to Intervention at Secondary Schools is the first in a series of articles designed to address and explore RTI implementation issues at the secondary level.  This article outlines issues and provides tips on drop-out prevention, credit recovery and involving students in designing their own academic plans. 

Leadership Network Announcement
Is the RTI team in your building or district in need of additional support to make RTI implementation a success? Apply to the Leadership Network to receive personalized support for the 2012-2013 school year! Leadership Network members receive 9 months of specialized professional development through monthly mentoring calls, entry into a community of professionals from across the country, sharing of topical resources and access to on-demand and individualized problem solving with expert mentors.  Space is limited to 50 teams, so apply today!

RTI Talk: Integrating Academic and Behavior Supports Within an RTI Framework
April 25, 2012, 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Join Hank Bohanon and Steve Goodman for our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about the components of a well-designed, integrated model of academic and behavior supports (systems, practices, and data) and offer specific tips on establishing a school-wide system of tiered supports that improves student outcomes and helps prevent school failure.


Can parents object to the recommendation for behavioral screenings and have their children excluded from such screening assessments? Can a parent refuse RtI services for behavior support?

In his response, Steve Goodman, Ph.D., Co-Director, Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative, encourages understanding the root causes for hesitation when responding to parental objections to screening and support. He also provides suggestions for using behavioral screeners and providing behavior supports.


RTI Implementation at Pear Park Elementary
In this new installment of our Voices from the Field series, RTI Coordinator Elaine Fletemeyer describes in detail how her school planned, developed and currently implements their elementary school RTI model.  Useful tips are provided along with a multi-year, step-by-step summary of the RTI implementation process at Pear Park Elementary school in District #51, Grand Junction, Colorado.

RTI Blog: Using RTI Data to Inform SLD Determination
Examples of successful approaches to education policies changes are hard to find when you really need them.  In this month’s blog entry, Using RTI Data to inform SLD Determination, Evelyn Johnson explains how a team in Idaho systematically tackled the issues surrounding changes in SLD identification processes in the wake of the IDEA reauthorization in 2004, resulting in stronger policies and programming at the local level.


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.

Session on RTI and Dual Education at the New England Regional Conference! 
The Massachusetts Association of Bilingual Education will be holding a session on RTI and dual language programs at the Southern New England Regional Conference for Dual Language Programs on Saturday, May 19th. Register today!

Ask the Experts!

Ask the Experts is your opportunity to have nationally renowned, experienced implementers and/or researchers answer your questions. We know RTI can be confusing at times, which is why we've lined up some of the most knowledgeable people to help. Send us your questions for an in-depth, informative answer. Ask the Experts today!
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