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September 21, 2010 ACTION UPDATE

Response to Intervention: A Research Review

How can you as an educator determine the effectiveness of various RTI models? Drs. Charles Hughes and Douglas Dexter of Penn State University offer help with their detailed review of 16 rigorously-selected RTI field studies examining the impact of multi-tier and multi-component RTI models. In addition to presenting key findings from the analysis of the published field studies, the article identifies 5 supporting factors that appeared necessary for scalability and sustainability of RTI models.

RTI Research: Is the Sum of the Parts Great as the Whole?

In this article, Dr. Mathew Burns describes the core components of RTI and discusses research that addresses RTI models in their entirety as well as those that  focus on Tier 1 (quality core instruction), Tier 2 (supplemental intervention), and Tier 3 (individualized interventions). Even though the research base for aspects of RTI is still emerging, Dr. Burns's examination of what research has already taught us shows that practitioners implementing a three-tired RTI model are engaging in research-based practice that benefits students.
Upcoming RTI Talk: RTI for Gifted Students
October 19, 2010 at 1 p.m. ET

Because RTI is a multifaceted approach addressing students' comprehensive academic and behavioral needs, it can serve as a model for increasing the quality and level of services for all students, including those who are gifted and talented. Join Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during our next RTI Talk as she answers your questions about using RTI as a means to ensure gifted and talented students have opportunities to make continual growth. Dr. Coleman will also offer tips based on lessons she has learned about meeting the needs of gifted students within an RTI framework.

Submit advance questions for the RTI Talk now or simply join the chat live on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 1 p.m. ET.


What happens to non-struggling students during an intervention block?

Principal Thomas Komp responds that one benefit of having an intervention block within your master schedule is that you have the opportunity to help all students using the RTI model.

He then provides examples of how his staff at Gloversville Elementary School have used the intervention block for all students, including those who are doing well academically.


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This week Drs. Evelyn Johnson, Deb Carter, and Juli Pool discuss plans for Year 2 of their Response to Intervention/Positive Behavior Supports (RTI/PBS) implementation project at Silver Sage Elementary School. Read their latest blog post to discover what was learned in Year 1 and how that will be applied in Year 2 to developing a Tier 2 system of support, integrating their academic and behavior RTI models, and expanding staff buy-in.


Call for Progress Monitoring Tools
The National Center on Response to Intervention has released a call for progress monitoring tools. Now through October 22nd, the Center's Technical Review Committee is accepting submissions of progress monitoring tools that can be used in an RTI context. All interested vendors are invited to submit. See the Call for Tools for more details. If you would like to submit a tool for review, see the Standard Protocol.

Gifted Child Today: Special Issue – Response to Intervention
Read the Gifted Child Today's Special Issue on Response to Intervention to learn how gifted education and the needs of gifted students fit within an RTI framework.

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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