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June 19, 2013 ACTION UPDATE

What’s Your Plan? Accurate Decision Making within a Multi-Tier System of Supports: Critical Areas in Tier 2
In part two of this article series, Terri Metcalf focuses on decision-making within five critical areas schools can address to improve Tier 2 supports at the building level. What’s Your Plan? Accurate Decision Making within a Multi-Tier System of Supports: Critical Areas in Tier 2 offers tools and resources to further assist teams in sharpening the accuracy of their Tier 2 decisions to have a positive impact on student outcomes.
 
RTI Blog: Focusing on the Common Good
In this entry, Bob Heimbaugh examines the realities of RTI Implementation, from the struggles teachers face throughout the process, to the academic and behavioral benefits students gain through successful implementation. Providing a real world example of what RTI implementation looks like for students, Focusing on the Common Good explores RTI implementation at the building level.
 
Evaluating and Refining Implementation
In this article, Dr. Batsche highlights the importance of evaluation and progress monitoring in ensuring high quality RTI implementation. Evaluating and Refining Implementation provides links to a number of evaluation instruments (the Self-Assessment of Problem Solving Implementation, the Problem Solving Checklist and a Critical Components Checklist), and encourages schools to use these tools several times each year to inform the evaluation process and assess the effectiveness of the professional development activities.



Ask the Experts

Is there any known relationship between RTI and retention of students?

Scott Baker, Ph.D., from the University of Oregon, cautioned that “It's important to note that Response to Intervention (RTI) is still in its earliest stages and definitive statements about its outcomes are very hard to make right now. That being said, RTI does have the potential to shine the spotlight onto a range of important instructional variables that will help all kids…”


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Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Students with Learning Disabilities Webinar
The CCSS for Students with Learning Disabilities webinar, which aired May 23, brought together top leaders in the field to discuss opportunities and challenges of implementing the CCSS with students with learning disabilities. Facilitated by Drs. Maggie McLaughlin, Louisa Moats, and George Batsche, the webinar presented practical strategies for successful CCSS implementation and responded to thoughtful questions. Watch the archived webinar today!

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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