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October 16, 2012 ACTION UPDATE

Virtual Visit: Prairie Children Preschool
The National Center for Learning Disabilities’ RTI Action Network travels to schools across the country to find examples of real people doing real work with RTI. Our latest Virtual Visit features Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, Illinois, which has been successfully implementing RTI in an early childhood setting for several years. Listen to Principal LuAnn Shield and her staff as they discuss the reasons they have designed their program they way they have, how they use data to make decisions and how they involve parents in throughout the process of RTI implementation. Let Prairie Children Preschool walk you and your team through the RTI process from beginning to end!  
RTI Blog: Developing Contingency Plans for Intervention
Contingency plans — you have them for inclement weather, a school bus arriving late and when a field trip gets postponed but have you thought about contingency plans for RTI interventions? In this month’s blog, Developing Contingency Plans for Intervention, Dawn Miller provides three common scenarios for addressing common interruptions in RTI intervention delivery.
Upcoming RTI Talk:
Multi-Tier Systems of Support in Middle Schools
Join Jonathan Ross as he explores the application of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) in middle school settings and answers your questions about key issues. He will offer specific tips for how school teams can work together to introduce and sustain MTSS. Mr. Ross will also offer examples to illustrate the application of RTI practices that increase student achievement for academics and behavior at the middle school level.

Submit advance questions now or simply join the chat live on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. ET.

Ask the Experts

How does RTI affect ELL students who are already receiving ELL pull out supports? Are we still providing Tier 2 interventions in addition to the ELL class?

In her response Dr. Claudia Rinaldi provides recommendations to help teachers working with ELL students within any tier of RTI. One key consideration for serving ELL students is how to leverage RTI teams to increase collaboration and data-driven instructional planning and progress monitoring for all students, including ELL students with and without disabilities.

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Considering Tier 3 Within an RTI Model
RTI frameworks at Tier 3 focus on the needs of individual students who are experiencing significant academic, social, and/or behavioral problems. In Considering Tier 3 Within an RTI Model, Dr. Ruth Ervin provides a general overview of special considerations relating to Tier 3 prevention and intervention efforts. RTI practitioners can guide their decision making at Tier 3 by adhering to a step-by-step self-questioning model detailed in this article.


October is National Principals Month

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals have designated October 2012 as National Principals Month. These organizations have a number of activities planned, including principal shadowing visits by officials at the U.S. Department of Education, congressional resolutions recognizing the celebration, video messages from members of Congress and other luminaries, and a student video contest that spotlights principals “in action.”

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