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December 18, 2013 ACTION UPDATE

Positive Behavior Support and RTI
Dr. George Sugai describes RTI as an approach for establishing and redesigning teaching and learning environments so that they are effective, relevant, and durable for all students, families, and educators. In this article, Dr. Sugai details how applications of the RTI framework are also represented in the implementation of Positive Behavior Support practices. Learn how RTI—through its emphasis on prevention and continuous monitoring—can enhance student learning by effectively addressing behavioral problems.
Integrating Behavior and Academic Supports
Combining both academic and behavior supports within the RTI framework is effective in helping to maximize time for instruction, enhance student-teacher relationships, foster school connectedness, and improve academic and social competency for all students. In this article, Drs. Hank Bohanon, Steve Goodman, and Kent McIntosh explore the similarities in the RTI framework for academics and behavior and introduce ideas for braiding initiatives to enhance sustainability. Additional articles in the series address universal, secondary, and tertiary supports within a multi-tier system of supports.
RTI Video: Implementing PBIS
Discover how Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, Illinois, implements Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the benefits of having a common language when it comes to implementing a multi-tier system of supports. Watch the Implementing PBIS video now!

Ask the Experts

I am looking for behavior interventions for older middle school students with serious and chronic discipline issues. We have used point sheets, mentoring and counseling with some success with younger students, but this older group has not been affected by any of these efforts.

In his response, Dr. Hank Bohanon suggests several resources for secondary students that include very practical functional assessment tools and evidence-based interventions linked to the functions of the student’s behavior.

RTI Students
Voices from the Field
Terri Metcalf shares the challenges and successes that Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) has had in helping schools establish an RTI model focused on school-wide reading and behavior systems. Ms. Metcalf describes the powerful connection she has observed between a school’s school-wide reading and behavior models and the improvement in student outcomes as a result of successful RTI implementation.

RTI Talks
RTI Talks are regularly scheduled, live, web-based discussions on issues related to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention. If you aren’t available to join the live Talk, we archive the transcript so you can visit this online resource as often as you like. Previous Talks have explored the connection between RTI and topics such as mathematics instruction, school-wide positive behavior support, family-school partnerships, universal screening, data-based decision making, and much more. To read archived transcripts visit RTI Talks and click on the highlighted Talk topic you wish to review.

RTI Training at the NASP 2014 Convention
The National Association of School Psychologists' 2014 Convention, scheduled for February 18-21, 2014 in Washington D.C. will offer more than 1,000 sessions on topics ranging from RTI to behavioral and academic interventions. For complete session information and to register online, visit the NASP website.

CASE Winter Conference
The Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc (CASE) Winter Conference, KEEPING UP IN CHANGING TIMES, will take place in Orlando, Florida, February 24-25, 2014. This year, CASE has moved from an on-site only Winter Institute to a Hybrid Winter Conference. The main purpose of this change in format is to provide cutting edge, policy rich, professional development to as many CASE members, potential members, and potential leaders as possible. The conference is set up with three days on three different, critical and timely topics:

Monday, February 24, 2014—Focus on Measuring and Evaluating Teacher/Staff Effectiveness
Tuesday, February 25, 2014—Impact of Common Core, Essential Elements and New Assessments
Wednesday, February 26, 2014—Public Education: How Will It Survive

Consider attending in Sunny Florida or being a Virtual Site…either way you will be a part of a great discussion on the future of Special Education! Go to for more information.

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