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January 23, 2013 ACTION UPDATE

The Use of RTI to Identify Students with Learning Disabilities
In the Use of RTI to Identify Students with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Research, Drs. Doug Dexter and Charles Hughes present the regularly stated criticisms of the current LD identification methods and review the latest research on the impact of RTI as a method for LD identification. They explore whether that research addresses the concerns and criticisms its proponents have about the use of the IQdiscrepancy method or if additional research is warranted to evaluate the role of RTI in the LD identification process.  
A Middle School Principal’s Perspective
In this month’s blog, A Middle School Principal’s Perspective: Year 2 of RTI Implementation, Jonathan Ross explains the steps his team took to both increase the number of students exposed to interventions and increase the number of students actively participating in the model.
Upcoming RTI Talk: RTI with English Language Learners
February 12, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET
In response to popular demand, the RTI Action Network is offering an RTI Talk on implementing RTI with English Language Learners (ELLs). Join Janette Klingner, Professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity, during our next RTI Talk as she answers your questions regarding how RTI can help English language learners (ELLs) and provides tips across tiers on how to implement RTI with respect to ELLs. Don’t miss this opportunity to submit questions directly to an experienced implementer and researcher. Submit your questions today!

Ask the Experts

What is the best way to involve and utilize non-certified support staff in RTI?

Principals Jared Moretti and Bob Heimbaugh both respond to this question by first defining what is meant by “non-certified support staff” and then offer suggestions for how these paraprofessional can best provide support in classrooms to maximize the efforts of highly qualified educators for the students who need the most help.

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Video: RTI with English Language Learners
The RTI Action Network offers instructional video and audio content to highlight some of the important issues related to realizing the potential of RTI. In the first of three videos, Dr. Janette Klingner offers suggestions across tiers on how to implement RTI with respect to English Language Learners (ELLs), with a special emphasis on enhancing the quality of core instruction. Additional videos address considerations for educators working with ELLS and cultural and linguistic diversity among ELLs.


New Series on UDL

The National Center on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has recently launched a new UDL Series session, UDL Implementation: A Process of Change. In this session, CAST and district leaders describe the five phases of UDL implementation and offer examples of how districts apply the principles of UDL to decision-making and planning.

Special Education Law Symposium
Lehigh University is offering a Special Education Law Symposium, Legal Strategies & Successes on the Cutting Edge, on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, June 23-28, 2013. Designed for a national audience, this intensive one-week, well-balanced program is available on both a non-credit and graduate-credit basis and provides a thorough analysis of the leading issues under the IDEA and Section 504. The topics include eligibility, including RTI; FAPE; LRE; discipline; remedies; and autism. Register today!

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