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August 21, 2012 ACTION UPDATE

The Legal Dimension of RTI: Part ll.
State Laws and Guidelines
Confidently navigating the laws and guidelines of individual states pertaining to RTI implementation is possible when you have a solid understanding of where RTI is written into state laws, the terminology used, and the relationship between RTI and special education evaluations. The Legal Dimension of RTI: Part ll. State Laws and Guidelines, clearly defines the terms you need to know and the process for understanding the laws and guidelines in your state.   
Classroom Reading Instruction That Supports Struggling Readers: Key Components for Effective Teaching
What does it really mean to have powerful and effective reading instruction in the preschool and primary grades? In Classroom Reading Instruction that Supports Struggling Readers: Key Components for Effective Teaching, Carolyn Denton of the Children's Learning Institute in Texas, outlines the components for powerful instruction and provides insightful background on why this type of instruction is necessary.
RTI Blog: Getting Your Year Off to a Great Start with
Reflection and Dialogue
Experienced school teams know that reflecting on the data collected in the previous school year can be some of the most powerful planning conversations of the year. In Getting Your Year Off to a Great Start with Reflection and Dialogue, Dawn Miller shares guiding questions to assist school teams with these conversations, provides insights into how to get the whole team focused on the year ahead and offers a planning worksheet for you to use.

Ask the Experts

I am a kindergarten teacher in St. Lucie County, Florida. This will be the third year using RTI with our students. How long should an RTI lesson last for 5 or 6 year olds? How many days a week should students attend an RTI lesson? Is there a "law" stating that they need to attend a 30 minute lesson 5 days a week? 30 minutes is a lifetime for a kindergartener! Kindergarten is so different from 1st through 5th grade. 

In her full response, Lydia Carlis, Director of Education at AppleTree Institute and AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School in Washington DC, provides clear background and rationale for RTI in the law and how to plan for kindergarten implementation. 

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Voices From the Field: Why RTI Works for Sanger
Matthew J. Navo, Director of Pupil Services at the Sanger Unified School District, shares the struggles with teachers’ unions, budget cuts, and school boards that plagued his school district. Located in one of the most impoverished, rural regions in the United States, Navo describes his experiences using the RTI philosophy at Sanger to bridge the gaps between educators, improve student performance and achievement, and create a proactive learning environment.

Support for the Voices From the Field provided by Cambium Learning Group.


RTI Innovations Conference

The RtI Innovations Conference will be held September 27th - 28th 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now in its 15th year, RtI Innovations is the longest standing RtI conference in the country. The purpose of this conference is to teach participants critical RtI implementation skills. The planning committee and presenters come from eleven states and have extensive experience implementing RtI in a variety of settings. Visit the RTI Innovations Conference website for more information on registration.
Deadline Extended—Limited Space Available
Due to popular demand, the RTI Leadership Network has extended the application deadline 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, monthly e-tips and topical resources, and access to on-demand and individualized problem solving with expert mentors. Don’t miss out, apply today!
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