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February 20, 2013 ACTION UPDATE

Thought Leaders Network
We've tapped the thinking of visionary leaders in a range of disciplines (business, visual arts, literature, technology and more), giving you access to their best thinking about the cutting edge and future directions of their fields. Then the key national leaders in RTI provide you their commentary on how advances in these fields can inform and advance the RTI movement, expanding and enhancing your work with an eye on future contexts. In the latest entry, Role of Collaboration in School Success, Doug Fuchs responds to John Chambers’ comments about the importance of collaboration at Cisco by sharing his thoughts on collaborative teaming in schools.  
Voices From the Field
James Montanari, Principal of Salisbury Elementary School in Massachusetts, shares practical advice and describes the steps his school has taken to improve student achievement in Building and Sustaining Capacity for Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction — Leads to Improved Student Achievement. Learn more about plan development for implementing a multi-tier system of supports, curriculum, and insights into the journey of school transformation.
RTI Blog: RTI and SLD Identification in Pennsylvania: Procedures for Using RTI to Identify SLD
In the conclusion of his five-part blog series, Joseph Kovaleski builds on his previous entries on RTI and SLD identification to provide an overview of Pennsylvania's guidelines for identifying students with SLD using RTI. Read RTI and SLD Identification in Pennsylvania: Procedures for Using RTI to Identify SLD, to discover the top criteria Pennsylvania uses to identify students and learn about helpful resources for schools grappling with similar issues.

Ask the Experts

Head Start has a federal requirement to service children with an IEP (10% enrollment to children with disabilities.) If school districts are using Response to Intervention and finding fewer children eligible for special education, and therefore fewer children with IEPs, they will not meet their federal requirement. Any suggestions on how to work with LEA's on this?

Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., takes a practical approach to addressing the 10% enrollment requirement in Head Start and provides some talking points for working with LEA to ensure schools are meeting their requirements.

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The Common Lore about RTI
In The Common Lore about RTI, Perry Zirkel, clarifies several of the leading misperceptions or misinterpretations about the legal dimension of RTI. Did you know that the provision in the IDEA regulations for “a pattern of strengths and weaknesses” for SLD identification refers to RTI? That in many states the various state and local provisions for general education interventions, such as instructional support teams and school-based problem solving teams, do not meet the four core characteristics of RTI? Read this article to clear up the myths!


National Council on Teacher Quality

All students, especially students with learning disabilities, need and deserve teachers with high-quality preparation for classroom settings. In the 2012 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) explores the question: What are states doing to ensure that they are systematically preparing classroom-ready new teachers? The report provides several key recommendations for preparing new teachers for the classroom.

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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