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August 22, 2011 ACTION UPDATE

Introducing the RTI Marketplace

The RTI Marketplace is a centralized resource for finding products and services developed by Partners of the RTI Action Network. We choose offerings that we believe are of high quality and support the effective, responsible, and comprehensive implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI). Browse the RTI Marketplace today to find a broad selection of books, DVDs, seminars, and other offerings.

Framing Urban School Challenges: The Problems to Examine When Implementing RTI
Stressing both the structural and cultural components of challenges facing urban school systems, Roey Ahram and a team from New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education examine the issues most relevant to the development and implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) models in contemporary urban schools. They then  provide examples of practices implemented in urban schools that are successfully meeting these challenges and effectively educating students.
Voices from the Field: The Road to RTI

Together, the Director of Special Education, Karen Kemp, and the Assistant Superintendent, Peggy O’Shea, share the story of developing an RTI model collaboratively for the Cohoes City School District in New York. They share lessons learned as well as the ups and downs of district-wide RTI implementation and reflect on how each school brings its own distinct personality to the process.

When implementing RTI, is there a recommended ratio of students to teachers at different tiers of intervention?

Amanda VanDerHeyden, Ph.D. explains that intensity is the feature differentiating one tier of RTI from another. Different components can increase the intensity, one of which is the student to teacher ratio.
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A Middle School Principal’s Perspective: The Story of an RTI Convert

In the first of a new blog series, Jonathan Ross, currently principal of Lionville Middle School, shares his experiences as an administrator initially against the implementation of RTI in his school. With 6th graders failing to make AYP on Pennsylvania’s state tests, he decided to take a chance on RTI. Follow his series to learn what steps his school took to implement the RTI framework in reading—and the results they saw from their efforts.


2011 Response to Intervention Report by Spectrum K12 (now part of GlobalScholar)
Spectrum K12 (now part of GlobalScholar) and leading education organizations, including the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and National Center for Learning Disabilities’ RTI Action Network announced the results of their 2011 RTI survey of K-12 district administrators, which gauges the extent to which Response to Intervention (RTI) is being adopted and implemented.

NCLD releases report: “The State of Learning Disabilities”
The State of Learning Disabilities: Facts, Trends, and Indicators provides the authoritative national and state-by-state snapshot of learning disabilities (LD) in the United States, and their impact on the ability of students and adults to achieve educational success and employment. This publication also clarifies what a learning disability is and explains the common misperceptions associated with LD. Click here for the interactive publication.

The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative releases publication on MTSS and RTI
The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative has released “Research Brief: Multi-tier System of Supports (MTSS)” by Orla Higgins Averill and Claudia Rinaldi. The discussion offers an overview of different RTI, PBIS, and MTSS models and their universal features, such as comprehensive screening, multiple tiers, and integrated data-collection.

CRITIEC announces panels at the RTI Early Childhood Summit
The Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CRTIEC) announced plenary panels scheduled during the RTI Early Childhood Summit, September 26-27, 2011 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. (1) Tier 1: Critical considerations in implementing effective instruction in early literacy and language, Susan Landry, Ph.D., & Susan Neuman, Ed.D., (2) Critical considerations in implementing tiered models of instruction with children from diverse language backgrounds, Linda Espinosa, Ph.D., & Carol Scheffner Hammer, Ph.D., and (3) Alternative approaches for identifying children for tiered interventions, Roland Good, Ph.D., & Hugh Catts, Ph.D. Visit the CRTIEC website for more detailed program and registration information.

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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