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We are pleased to introduce our redesigned and smartphone-optimized newsletter, RTI Action Update, which offers helpful information and resources to guide educators and families in the large-scale implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI). Please enjoy our latest issue below and be sure to sign up for the newsletter to receive it once a month.

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RTI Leadership That Works
January 22, 2014
Ask the Experts

A kindergarten teacher asked “This will be the third year using RTI with our students. How long should an RTI lesson last for 5 or 6 year olds? How many days a week should students attend an RTI lesson? Is there a “law” stating that they need to attend a 30 minute lesson 5 days a week? 30 minutes is a lifetime for a kindergartener! Kindergarten is so different from 1st through 5th grade.”

In her full response, Lydia Carlis, Director of Education at AppleTree Institute and AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School in Washington DC, provides clear background and rationale for RTI in the law and how to plan for kindergarten implementation.

Read her full response here.

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Dr. Stevan Kukic shares how leadership roles identified by Stephen Covey—modeling, pathfinding, aligning, empowering—facilitate the establishment of a dynamic, empowering culture in schools to bring forward the strength of all stakeholders around achieving better results for all students. Read this informative article to discover how these four leadership roles apply to RTI implementation.

RTI Talk: Establishing a Multi-Tier System of Supports in Secondary Schools, Part 2
January 29, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET

Join Dr. Rebecca Sarlo for Part 2 of this popular RTI Talk as she continues answering 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. Submit your questions today!

Checklists & Forms
From surveys to assist with initial planning to forms for data analysis meetings to treatment integrity tools, all checklists and forms featured on are available on one page so that you can quickly and easily find, save and print the information you need—instead of searching through the entire site. Access all these useful, free resources in one spot!

virtual-visit Scheduling Challenges Tiered Math Intervention
The realities of budget, personnel and scheduling constraints make implementation of Response to Intervention with integrity challenging. In her new blog post, Lauren Campsen describes the scheduling model for mathematics interventions that her school has developed to overcome some of these challenges and suggests ways that others can adapt the model to meet the unique needs of their school.

News and Announcements

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.

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.

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