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June 21, 2011 ACTION UPDATE

We are now accepting applications for the Leadership Network – a free online leadership mentoring program that equips building and district administrators to implement effective Response to Intervention (RTI). Participants are paired with a mentor who is experienced in RTI implementation. Mentors promote collaboration and on-demand problem solving through monthly online meetings and online discussion boards as well as provide individual attention to each of their participants as needed. For more information and to apply, please visit the Leadership Network homepage.

This blog post, written by LuAnn Shields, Principal of Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, Illinois, focuses on using leadership in increasing communication and collaboration among educators using leadership in increasing communication and collaboration among educators to create a positive educational environment for students, teachers, and professional staff. She shares how creating a culture of contentment and trust in the educational workplace through feedback, meeting with individual teams, and regularly connecting co-workers, both within and across teams, can expand leadership capacity and create a professional learning community.
June 29th, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT

Implementing RtI at the secondary level presents unique challenges and new questions. Join Drs. Matthew Burns, Hollie Pettersson and Rebecca Sarlo as they explore the application of multi-tiered systems of support in high school settings and answer your questions about key issues. They will also offer examples to illustrate the application of RtI practices that increase student achievement for academics and behavior at the high school level.


Why should I join the Leadership Network?

Past Participants Respond:

“[The Leadership Network] is the lifesaver in tough financial times for professional development as we strive to best serve students and their learning, our community’s expectations for schooling and education, and most importantly, give our staff tools and skills to meet the…state and federal mandates placed upon schools these days” – Superintendent, Edinburg, IL

 “Building capacity has increased greatly and the secondary staff is finally coming on board…. Your materials not only excite them, but also energize them!"

RTI Leadership


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 second of three new videos, Dr. Janette Klingner offers considerations for educators implementing RTI with English Landguage Learners (ELLs). Additional videos
address suggestions for working with ELLS across tiers and cultural and linguistic diversity among ELLs.


RTI Innovations Conference
The 14th annual RTI Innovations Conference will be held from October 13-14, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit the RTI Innovations Conference website for more information on registration.

Research Call!
Dr. Laura Hauerwas, Associate Professor of Education at Providence College, and Dr. Rachel Brown-Chidsey, Associate Profesor of School Psychology at the University of Southern Maine need participants for their study on the change of eligibility requirements by IDEA 2004 and how it has impacted RTI as part of the special education disability process for learning disabilities. Participants are required to (1) provide researchers with five special education case files that have been generated in your school/district in the last year and (2) verify that parent permission to share the file was obtained. Results will be provided to participants at the end of the study. If you are interested and willing, please contact Laura Boynton Hauerwas at

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