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May 15, 2013 ACTION UPDATE

Webinar: Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Students with Learning Disabilities
May 23, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET
In this webinar, Drs. Louisa Moats, Margaret McLaughlin, and George Batsche will explore the opportunities and challenges of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with students with learning disabilities. They will also present practical strategies for establishing systems to support the work of administrators and teachers for successful CCSS implementation. Register today!
Using RTI to Improve Learning in Mathematics
A focus on early mathematics instruction and intervention is essential to students' later learning success. In this article, Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden explains and provides resources for the steps that a district or school must take to implement RTI in mathematics selecting a model of RTI, identifying adequate screening and progress-monitoring measures, and planning for effective delivery of tiered interventions.
RTI Blog
In this month’s blog, A Middle School Principal’s Perspective: Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS), Jonathan Ross explains why the first time he heard about MTSS it made an enormous impression on him and shares his top priorities when transitioning to a new school district with a different RTI implementation model.

Ask the Experts

Our School Uses Tier 2 Interventions as being pull-out interventions. My question focuses on the instruction and interventions given at this level. Should the intervention strategist be doing the exact same activity each time they meet with kids? From what I understand, it would be important to adapt to the student and scaffold as the skill/goal is being learned. It does make sense to do the exact same thing every time because then you are not focusing on the needs of the student. Am I correct in my thinking, or are there flaws?

Bob Heimbaugh, the district special education director in Sheridan, Wyoming, answers this question by explaining the difference between the problem-solving and the standard protocols at the Tier 2 level.

Screening for Reading Problems in Grades 4 Through 12
Even with an effective RTI framework in place at the elementary school level, there will continue to be students in the later grades who require intervention to support their reading development. In this article, Drs. Evelyn Johnson and Juli Pool address how to develop a universal screening system that not only identifies struggling students but also strengthens a school's comprehensive literacy program. Find out more about the numerous screening and diagnostic measures that can be used with secondary school students.

NAESP Conference
The National Association of Elementary School Principals annual conference will be in Baltimore, Maryland, July 11-13, 2013. Register today!

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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