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November 20, 2013 ACTION UPDATE

Using RTI for Literacy Interventions in Secondary Schools
Although much has been written about RTI within the context of elementary schools, there is a need for clear guidance regarding RTI in secondary schools. Dr. Matthew Burns and his colleagues begins to unpack RTI for literacy at the secondary level by describing RTI within the structure of content-specific secondary teachers and providing tips on keeping adolescent students engaged in tiered interventions.
RTI Blog: A Middle School Principals Perspective
Adding reading intervention to a student’s already jam-packed schedule may seem like a daunting task. Middle school principal Jon Ross has confronted this challenge head-on and in this month’s blog post he outlines specific ways his school has woven Tier 2 and Tier 3 reading interventions into students’ schedules to realize tremendous success.
RTI Talk: Establishing a Multi-Tier System of Supports in Secondary Schools
December 11, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET
Join Dr. Rebecca Sarlo as she answers your questions about establishing a multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) at the secondary level and provides specific tips for how school teams can work together to introduce and sustain MTSS. Dr. Sarlo will also offer examples to illustrate how an MTSS framework can improve the academic skills and postgraduation outcomes of students. Submit your questions today!

Ask the Experts

Can you grade a typical student (at either Tier 2 or 3) on a reduced number of problems; provide additional time on assessments; allow for oral responses?

In his response, Dr. George Batsche, Professor at the University of South Florida, says “A school district has great latitude regarding how to present work to students and to grade that work.” He then reviews the intent of “grading” and goal of assessment in framing the provisions of modifications for students receiving Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports while also reminding us of the requirements for modifications or accommodations for state testing.

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Virtual Visit Video: RTI in Action
Tigard High School in Portland, Oregon proves RTI in a high school setting is possible when schedules are flexible and systems are responsive to the individual needs of students. Watch administrators, educators and students from Tigard High discuss the successes and challenges of implementing RTI at a secondary school level. Let Tigard High School walk you and your team through the RTI process from beginning to end!

New UDL-Common Core State Standards Resources
The National Center on Universal Design for Learning has released new, free resources on the intersection of UDL and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These helpful tools and links illustrate the important way that the CCSS identify WHAT educators need to address in their instruction while UDL guides HOW to design their instruction. Key resources include a crosswalk on UDL and the Literacy by Design Collaborative (LDC) framework and video examples showing lessons illustrating classroom instruction addressing both the UDL guidelines and CCSS.

Budget Cuts and Special Education
Under sequestration, Congress cut $2.5 billion from federal education funding in ficscal year 2013, including $579 million from special education (IDEA Part B). The National Center for Learning Disabilities surveyed more than 1,000 parents online to see how budget cuts have affected their children’s education. View the infographic summarizing the survey results.

Strategic Consulting Services
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is now offering strategic consulting services providing individualized assistance to school, district, and state administration in a variety of forms. Working in collaboration with school leadership and other stakeholders, we recommend specific solutions for improving implementation efforts in areas such as MTSS, RTI and PBIS. Dr. Stevan Kukic, NCLD’s Director for School Transformation, facilitates a team of the best and brightest thought leaders available to provide these strategic consulting services. For more information, contact Steve Kukic.

NCII Report on Implementing Intensive Intervention
The National Center on Intensive Interventions (NCII) has released a new report called Implementing Intensive Intervention: Lessons Learned from the Field. This report presents findings from an exploratory study of how five high-performing districts, which we refer to as NCII’s knowledge development sites, defined and implemented intensive intervention. The findings offer lessons that other districts can use when planning for, implementing and working to sustain their own initiatives to provide intensive intervention for students with the most severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs. View the full report or a brief synopsis of the findings and lessons learned from the field on NCII’s website.

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