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April 17, 2013 ACTION UPDATE

What’s Your Plan? Accurate Decision Making within a Multi-Tier System of Supports
In the first of two articles, Terri Metcalf addresses the complexity of MTSS decision-making and identifies critical decision points within Tier 1 at the building level. The article, What’s Your Plan? Accurate Decision Making within a Multi-Tier System of Supports: Critical Areas in Tier 1 is filled with practical tips and useful tools to improve decision-making throughout the implementation process.  
RTI Blog
In this month’s blog, Have we “Hattie” enough debate? Show me the data!, Steve Kukic, NCLD’s Director of School Transformation, makes a compelling case for why focusing on concrete data is the best way to support positive learning outcomes for all children. He also provides readers with his list of top professional resources.
RTI Video
The new instructional video, Implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), briefly explains how Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora implements PBIS and discusses the benefits of having a common language when it comes to implementing a multi-tier system of supports. Watch now!

Ask the Experts

If a student is exhibiting behavior problems in school such as losing assignments, trouble staying on task, disruptive behavior, etc. how should I approach this problem using the RTI framework?

George Sugai, Ph.D. reminds us that RTI is not an intervention in and of itself but a problem-solving framework based on student data. He provides three areas to consider when focusing on behavior in an RTI framework.

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Voices from the Field
Learn how 10 school districts with vastly different demographics increased the performance of students with disabilities as part of ongoing system-wide improvement efforts in the National Center on Educational Outcomes’ (NCEO) report, Moving Your Numbers: Improving Learning for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Reform. Read more in this month’s Voice from the Field story.


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!

Ask the Experts!
Ask the Experts is your opportunity to have nationally renowned, experienced implementers and/or researchers answer your questions. We know RTI can be confusing at times, which is why we've lined up some of the most knowledgeable people to help. Send us your questions for an in-depth, informative answer. Ask the Experts today!

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