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April 19, 2011 ACTION UPDATE

Video: RTI with English Language Learners

The RTI Action Network offers instructional video and audio content to highlight some of the important issues related to realizing the potential of RTI. In the first of three new videos, Dr. Janette Klingner offers suggestions across tiers on how to implement RTI with respect to English Language Learners (ELLs), with a special emphasis on enhancing the quality of core instruction. Additional videos address considerations for educators working with ELLS and cultural and linguistic diversity among ELLs.

Voices from the Field

The state of Colorado began requiring a district plan for RTI implementation beginning in the 2007-2009 school year. Michelle Malvey, RTI Coordinator for the state's Thompson School District, discusses the six components of a rubric that guides their RTI work in the latest Voices from the Field story. Discover how the rubric guides the Thompson School District RTI Leadership Team's decision-making in terms of the allocation of resources for people, materials, time, and much more.
Upcoming RTI Talk:
Speech-Language Pathologists and RTI
May 12, 2011 at 1 p.m. ET

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can play a number of important roles in using RTI to identify children with disabilities and provide needed instruction to struggling students in both general education and special education settings. But RTI requires changes from SLPs in terms of assessment approaches as well as models of intervention and instructional support.

Join Drs. Barbara Ehren and Maureen Staskowski during our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about the role of SLPs in RTI. They will also offer tips and examples of effective ways to engage in assessment and intervention activities based on lessons learned working with SLPs in local schools.


Is it acceptable for school districts to use RTI to delay or deny an evaluation to determine if a student has a disability?

States and local districts have an obligation to ensure that evaluations of children suspected of having a disability are not delayed or denied because of implementation of an RTI strategy. For more information, read the Office of Special Education Programs' January 2011 memo that discusses why RTI cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation.

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View the photo gallery from the RTI Leadership Forum and access videos, material handouts, and transcripts from the December 2010 event.

RTI Blog

One of the most powerful practices included in an RTI framework is using data to guide decision-making. In her latest post, blogger Dawn Miller, Innovative Projects Facilitator for Kansas's Shawnee Mission Public Schools, breaks down how to properly prepare for a progress monitoring review and provides a "story script" that she utilizes with RTI teams to guide each member through the process.


Spectrum K12 RTI Survey
The RTI Action Network is jointly conducting a survey with Spectrum K12 and a number of leading education organizations to capture the extent to which Response to Intervention (RTI) has been adopted and implemented in school districts. The survey consists of 31 questions and can be completed in approximately 15 minutes. Survey responses are strictly confidential and will only be reported in the aggregate. We encourage you to participate so we have as large and representative sample as possible from your state. Take the survey now!

Results of the 2011 survey will be available in a report jointly published by the sponsoring organizations. Thank you in advance for your participation in the survey!

Call for Screening Tools
Now through May 6th, the National Center on Response to Intervention's Technical Review Committee is accepting submissions of screening tools that can be used in an RTI context. All interested vendors are invited to submit.

Get RTI Training at the NASP Summer Conferences
The National Association of School Psychologists' 2011 Summer Conferences, scheduled for July 11–13 in Indianapolis, IN, and July 25–27 in Atlantic City, NJ, will offer a variety of sessions focused on RTI. Attendees can take an in-depth look at data-based decision making; get tools to help address social, emotional, and behavioral aspects of RTI;  learn about evidence-based interventions to improve reading, math, organization, homework,  time-management skills; and more. All school professionals who need additional RTI training can benefit from attending the summer conferences. For complete session information and to register online, visit the NASP Web site.

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