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September 20, 2012 ACTION UPDATE

The Legal Dimension of RTI: Part ll.
RTI Legal Checklist for SLD Identification
The RTI Legal Checklist for SLD Identification, a new resource by Perry Zirkel, University Professor of Education and Law at Lehigh University, is designed to be used proactively for the assessment of the legal compliance of the district’s process for identification of students with specific learning disability (SLD) in terms of federal law. Starting with the RTI process in the general education setting and ending with the evaluation report, the checklist highlights the pertinent IDEA regulations for the entire SLD identification process, including the RTI-like features for districts that continue to use the severe discrepancy approach.  
RTI Interview Series: Engaging Families in RTI
Are you an educator looking for ideas for how to engage with parents? Are you a parent looking for ways to engage with your child’s educators? In Debra Jennings’ video, Engaging Families, both educators and parents will receive concrete ideas for not only how to communicate with one another but truly how to engage in the education of young children.
RTI Blog: RTI and SLD Identification in Pennsylvania
This month’s blog post introduces a new series on RTI and SLD Identification in Pennsylvania. In Beginnings: Establishing the Response to Instruction and Intervention Infrastructure, Joe Kovaleski describes the process the State of Pennsylvania went through to generate their RTI and SLD Identification process, an essential component of building RTI infrastructure.

Question of the Month

Would a student’s Tier 2 plan reflect interventions in both math concepts/applications and math computation if both areas were found to be below standards?

In his response, David Allsopp, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, College of Education, University of South Florida, details some of the factors that may be interfering with Tier 2 interventions such as time, research, curriculum, assessments and training. Identifying these factors or others will help with constructively advocating for change in your setting.

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NCLD Releases New Guide for Parents
Parent Rights in the Era of RTI is a new resource produced by the National Center for Learning Disabilities for parents and schools involved in implementing response to intervention (RTI) in the elementary grades. Designed as a companion to A Parent Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI) this new guide provides strategies for parents when working with schools using RTI as part of the identification process for special education. It covers parental rights under the IDEA and offers both informal and formal ways parents might approach issues related to the SLD identification process.


RTI Talks

RTI Talks are regularly scheduled, live, web-based discussions on issues related to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention. If you aren’t available to join the live Talk, we archive the transcript so you can visit this online resource as often as you like. Previous Talks have explored the connection between RTI and topics such as mathematics instruction, school-wide positive behavior support, family-school partnerships, universal screening, data-based decision making, and much more. To read archived transcripts visit RTI Talks and click on the highlighted Talk topic you wish to review.

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