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July 21, 2011 ACTION UPDATE


Matthew J. Navo, Director of Pupil Services at the Sanger Unified School District, shares the struggles with teachers’ unions, budget cuts, and school boards that plagued his school district. Located in one of the most impoverished, rural regions in the United States, Navo describes his experiences using the RTI philosophy at Sanger to bridge the gaps between educators, improve student performance and achievement, and create a proactive learning environment.


In this article, Dr. George Noell explores the questions, "When is intervention possible?" and "how can we balance it with our other responsibilities?" While keeping the balance of our other responsibilities in mind, Dr. Noell emphasizes the importance of a network of support between school administrators, educators, and parents in order to effectively implement RTI and develop a realistic model for intervention
 

As we prepare to head back to the classrooms, successful team building becames an increasing priority for school leaders. Dr. Dawn Miller, Innovative Projects Facilitator for the Shawnee Mission Public Schools, offers tips to improve the dynamics of collaborative achievement and develop collective ownership within teams.




QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Our teachers monitor student progress now. We have end of unit tests, and so teachers always know what skills students have learned or not learned. Why would we want to add an additional measurement tool such as curriculum based measures... also referred to as general outcome measures?
 
Dr. Ann Casey  encourages continued use of these data and discusses four purposes of assessment:  screening, progress monitoring, instructional planning, and summative evaluation.

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The RTI Action Network offers instructional video content to highlight some of the important issues related to realizing the potential of RTI. In the last of three new videos, Dr. Janette Klingner examines considerations of cultural and linguistic diversity among English Language Learners (ELLs). Additional videos address offer tips for educators for working with ELLS across tiers.


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Apply Today to the Leadership Network! 
The RTI Action Network is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Network – a free online leadership mentoring program that equips building and district administrators to implement effective Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. 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 in more informal setting. The application deadline is August 15, 2011. Apply Today!

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.

 
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