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March 23, 2011 ACTION UPDATE

Mathematics Intervention at the Secondary Prevention Level of a Multi-Tier Prevention System: Six Key Principles

Although preventative tutoring at the Tier 2 level in mathematics has received less attention than in reading, several principles for designing such tutoring have emerged. Dr. Lynn Fuchs, the Nicholas Hobbs Professor of Special Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, outlines these principles in her article and describes how to actually implement them in the classroom.

Voices from the Field: Successful RTI Implementation in Middle School

Jessica Griffin, Principal of Lowther South Intermediate School, discusses the challenges and successes that her staff experienced in implementing RTI in a multiethnic middle school located in Emporia, Kansas in the latest Voices from the Field story. Learn what steps Lowther South educators took to ensure that at the end of the first year of implementation, they had improved the accuracy of their struggling readers so that 90% of their student population could successfully decode.
Upcoming RTI Talk: RTI in Early Childhood
March 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Join Donna Nylander and Jim Lesko during our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about adapting the specific applications of RTI to fit within the early childhood culture and to address the developmental needs of young children. They will also offer tips based on lessons learned working with local schools to guide the development of a Pre-K RTI model, as well as policy recommendations to help build the state and local support needed to implement a successful model.



The current RTI literature focuses primarily on reading. How does RTI work with mathematics instruction?

Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden, emphasizes that while mathematics instruction has been under-researched relative to reading, research findings are available to guide RTI application in math.

She asserts that RTI is not limited to reading—rather, it is a science of decision making that can be applied to a variety of "problem behaviors."




RTI Blog: A Teacher's Perspective on RTI in EC/Preschool Settings

Megan Hafer offers a teacher's perspective on RTI in EC/preschool settings in the latest entry in our Pre-K RTI blog series. She describes changes taking place in the work of early childhood education and shares firsthand observations of how an RTI model benefits many children by helping them develop the foundational skills needed to achieve success in school.


RTI Action Network on TeacherTube
The RTI Action Network now has a channel on TeacherTube. Because YouTube is blocked by several school districts, our TeacherTube channel gives teachers and district leaders an opportunity to use our video resources during the work day.

NCRTI Resource: Response to Intervention (RTI):  Funding Questions and Answers
The National Center on Response to Intervention is pleased to announce a new resource,  Response to Intervention (RTI): Funding Questions and Answers. This document provides written responses from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on the use of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds for the implementation of RTI and answers eight commonly asked questions on funding RTI. For additional information from the U.S. Department of Education on RTI, Title I, Title III and CEIS funds, see the talking presentation, "Implementing RTI Using Title I, Title III, and CEIS Funds: Key Issues for Decision-Makers."

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