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August 17, 2010 ACTION UPDATE

Data Analysis Teaming Process

Start off the new school year on the right foot: prepare your team to interpret data for instructional decision making to improve students' academic performance. In this article, Dr. Joseph Kovaleski and his colleagues from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania outline a detailed Data Analysis Teaming (DAT) process and provide meeting tools such as the Data Analysis for Instructional Decision Making Team Process Script and the Screening and Information Recording Form.

Blog: Role of Beliefs in RTI

Dawn Miller explores the various ways two core principles of RTI — "we can effectively teach all children" and "monitor student progress to information instruction" — can be applied in a school and provides examples to help frame your thinking about the implications of these principles on your educational practices. Read "The Role of Beliefs in RTI" today and let us know which approach best represents your school!
Upcoming RTI Talk:
Building Consensus for RTI Priorities
August 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. ET

Join Dawn Miller, Ph.D., Innovative Projects Facilitator for the Shawnee Mission Public Schools in Kansas, during our next RTI Talk as she answers your questions about getting team buy-in when refining or prioritizing RTI actions for the year. Dr. Miller will also offer tips based on lessons she learned working with new and continuing RTI implementers on establishing priorities and facilitating collaboration.

Submit advance questions for the RTI Talk now or simply join the chat live on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. ET.


What should we do if we feel that the fidelity of instruction was compromised in one of the tiers of intervention?

Dr. George Noell answers this question with a step-by-step method to directly assess implementation. He notes that without solid implementation, RTI is a process lacking in substance.

Dr. Noell also offers resources on how to measure implementation and provide feedback, and how to ensure the RTI form has substance.




Creating Shared Language for Collaboration in RTI

As the school year begins, it is a perfect time to revisit the language used in your school around RTI and its essential processes to ensure all team members have a shared vocabulary for successful collaboration. Follow the steps outlined in "Creating Shared Language for Collaboration in RTI" to determine the language of collaboration your school. This article was developed by Barbara Ehren, Barbara Laster, and Susan Watts-Taffe on behalf of the International Reading Association's Commission on RTI for the RTI Action Network.


NCRTI Ask the Expert Video: School Psychologists within the RTI Framework
"What role can a school psychologist have within an RTI framework?" Watch the video of Dr. Michelle Hosp of the University of Iowa as she answers this question in the eleventh installment of the National Center on RTI’s Ask the Expert video series.

NCRTI Instruction Tools Chart
The National Center on RTI (NCRTI) is pleased to announce the release of the Instruction Tools Chart. This chart represents the results of the first annual review of research studies of Instructional Programs by the NCRTI's Technical Review Committee (TRC). Please note that the NCRTI does not endorse or recommend the programs included in the chart. The NCRTI publishes this tools chart to assist educators and families in becoming informed consumers who can select instructional programs that best meet their individual needs.

RtI Innovations Conference
The RtI Innovations Conference will take place October 7-8, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Little America Hotel. The purpose of this conference is to provide innovative ideas in implementing Response to Intervention at the pre-service, building, district, and state levels. Alongside implementers nationwide, participants will be given tools, knowledge, and skills that will enable them to address the complexities of beginning and advanced implementation. Visit the conference site to register.

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