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November 16, 2010 ACTION UPDATE

RTI: Implications for Spanish-Speaking ELLs

There is growing evidence that RTI can provide effective interventions for English language learners (ELLs) who struggle with reading. In this article, Dr. Elsa Cardenas Hagan of the University of Houston explains how RTI may help to avoid over-and under-identification of language-minority students in special education programs and discusses RTI's implications for Spanish-speaking ELLs. She describes minor modifications to the core instruction in each of the key components of literacy that have led to positive outcomes for ELLs.

Pre-K RTI Blog

How is RTI implemented at the Pre-K level? Read the blog post by Dr. Robin Miller Young, an early childhood practitioner who has started an exchange of information, ideas, and resources on how RTI can be applied to EC/preschool settings. The first post details the four objectives she will address in her new Pre-K RTI blog series.
Upcoming RTI Talk: Implementing RTI In Urban Schools
November 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. ET

Join Edward Fergus, Ph.D., of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University, during our next RTI Talk as he answers your questions about using RTI as a means to ensure that instruction is culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of all different groups of students. Dr. Fergus will also offer tips on implementing RTI based on lessons he has learned through his extensive experience working in urban schools.


Can you provide examples or research on implementing RtI in Dual Language Immersion Schools?

Dr. Claudia Rinaldi of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) responds by giving a phase-by-phase breakdown of how BPS is implementing RTI and PBIS at a K-8 urban, dual language school in their system.

She adds that since there is very limited research on RTI and dual language programs, BPS educators are using what they know works and applying best research RTI practices to those schools.


Send us your RTI-related questions and one of our experts will provide an in-depth, informative answer on the Ask the Experts page.


Virtual Visit Series

Whether you're working in an elementary, middle, or high school you can learn from the experiences of others as they share their successes and challenges implementing RTI in our series of Virtual Visit videos. Offering you frontline perspectives of real people doing real work, these videos feature schools implementing RTI with success and dedication. Listen to educators discuss their successes and challenges as well as critical RTI issues like scheduling, problem solving, core instruction, screening, student involvement, and using data to make educational decisions.


2010 Bill Ellis Teacher Preparation Award Winner
NCLD presents the Bill Ellis Teacher Preparation Award annually to a general education teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching and a commitment to all students, including those with learning disabilities. The 2010 Bill Ellis Teacher Preparation Award was presented to Principal Thomas Komp, who has been a mentor in NCLD’s Leadership Network since 2008 and serves on the Advisory Council of the RTI Action Network as a representative of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Read more about Mr. Komp, and other previous recipients of the award.

NAESP Annual Convention
Gretchen Goodman, an international education consultant and experienced early childhood educator, instructional support teacher, and staff development specialist, will lead two interactive sessions focused on RTI at the NAESP 2001 Annual Convention & Exposition. Her sessions (on Friday the 8th during the April 7-10 event in Tampa, Florida) offer practical, hands-on strategies that enhance learning for all children. For more details and to register, go to the NAESP Convention Web site.

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