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September 20, 2011 ACTION UPDATE

Introducing the Thought Leaders Network!

We've tapped the thinking of visionary leaders in a range of disciplines (business, visual arts, literature, technology and more), giving you access to their best thinking about the cutting edge and future directions of their fields. Then the key national leaders in RTI provide you their commentary on how advances in these fields can inform and advance the RTI movement, expanding and enhancing your work with an eye on future contexts. In the first entry, Don Deshler, Ph.D., discusses the ideas of former Poet Laureate of the United States Rita Dove on creating learning  environments that embrace and respond to a range of learners with sensitivity to literacy needs.

RTI Blog: Can Differentiation be Looked at Differently?

Bob Heimbaugh, elementary principal in rural Wyoming, demonstrates the many benefits of differentiation in the classroom in his latest blog entry. Learn how to strengthen the connection between student and teacher, create more personalized learning, and obtain higher student achievement through differentiation.
RTI Talk: Managing a Classroom Using PBIS Strategies
September 29, 2011, 1p.m. - 2p.m. ET

Your school is beginning to implement or has implemented a school-wide behavior management plan that emphasizes prevention and positive modeling in order to improve academic performance among all students, yet students are still disruptive in class. What do you try next? Join Andrew Krugly for our next RTI Talk as he answers your questions about establishing a positive, productive classroom environment and offers specific tips for improving student behaviors and attitudes so that learning can become the primary focus.

Submit advance questions for the RTI Talk now or simply join the chat live on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 1 p.m. ET.

Where are some resources for progress monitoring reading comprehension? Does anyone have a good way to break reading comprehension down into smaller parts to progress monitor? Does anyone have progress monitoring tools for individual reading strategies?

Carol Connor, Research Faculty Member with the Florida Center for Reading Research, explains that there has been some success using oral reading of passages with questions that range from simple facts to making inferences. There are also some maze (or cloze) tasks that can be used that are quick and informative.
RTI Leadership
Voices from the Field: RTI Implementation at Weld Re-4 Schools

Shirley Jirik, Ed.D., reviews the process of RTI implementation in the Weld Re-4 School District in Colorado over a two-year period. Learn about the challenges they faced in the implementation process and their solutions to issues such as finding time for professional development, managing the data, as well as staffing  and leadership. Dr. Jirik demonstrates what can emerge from  believing that all students can learn and then taking action accordingly.


The IRIS Center releases a new STAR Legacy Module, RTI: Mathematics
The IRIS Center, in collaboration with the Tennessee State Department of Education and the TN State Personnel Development Grant, released a new STAR Legacy Module, RTI: Mathematics. Developed with the help of Lynn Fuchs, Diane Bryant, and David Chard, this module describes the RTI framework as applied to mathematics. It includes discussions of instruction, assessment, and data-based decision making at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Click here to view the module.

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.

The New 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. mobile is live!
The RTI Action Network has released its new mobile site for use on smartphones, tablets, and other personal technology. Visit our website on your smartphone today!

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