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April 22, 2009 ACTION UPDATE

Upcoming RTI National Online Forum

On Thursday, April 30, 2009, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT, the RTI Action Network in collaboration with the National Center on RTI will present an RTI National Online Forum, "Data-Based Decision Making." Don't miss the opportunity to engage in a dialogue during this live interactive event with nationally recognized experts and RTI implementers Dr. Lynn Fuchs, Dr. Joe Kovaleski, and Mr. John Carruth.

Individuals are welcome to participate on their own, or you can gather your colleagues to share this webinar and then use our follow-up questions for discussion of applications in your particular setting.

Annotated RTI Bibliography Now Available

The RTI Action Network is pleased to present an Annotated RTI Bibliography offering information about resources on Response to Intervention. This bibliography of online resources is available to help you learn more about effective RTI implementation and its tremendous ability to help all children succeed.
We appreciate the generosity of our Implementation Partner, the IDEA Partnership, in establishing the original bibliography and giving it to us.

Upcoming Webinar:
Roadmap to Pre-K RTI: Applying RTI to Preschool Settings
May 20, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET

Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Froma Roth, Ph.D., University of Maryland will walk participants through NCLD's new publication, Roadmap to Pre-K RTI: Applying RTI to Preschool Settings. Highlighting five promising examples of Pre-K RTI implementation, the Roadmap explores the essential components of RTI before kindergarten and helps early childhood educators begin to develop their own RTI implementation plan.

Check back to the RTI in Pre-Kindergarten section of the RTINetwork.org Web site in May to register for this event and to access resources.


When measuring the progress of a student, in a tiered approach, how do you determine when the student may need to enter into another tier? (How do you determine what progress is good enough and how much time do you give them?)

Dr. Joseph Jenkins notes that no consensus exists about the amount of progress required to qualify as "adequate progress" because it differs according to the student's grade level and the kind of progress measure employed.
Nonetheless, Dr. Jenkins does offer a formula used in some RTI frameworks to determine whether a student needs to change tiers.

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Roadmap to Pre-K RTI
The Roadmap to Pre-K RTI: Applying Response to Intervention in Preschool Settings, by Drs. Mary Ruth Coleman, Tracey West, and Froma Roth, has been released.

Download your copy here!
RTI Blog: "In Search of a Deeper Understanding"

Principal Bob Heimbaugh joined the RTI Action Network at the National Association of Elementary Schools Principals' (NAESP) Convention from April 2-6, 2009 in New Orleans, LA.  In his latest blog, Mr. Heimbaugh shares the feedback he received from principals at the convention by highlighting common threads of understanding regarding their RTI implementation experiences. Readers can also access additional resources from the NAESP Convention.


April RTI Talk
Join us for "Differentiating Reading Instruction within the Core" on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET. Drs. Carol M. Connor and Stephanie Al Otaiba of Florida State University and also the Florida Center of Reading Research (FCRR) will answer your questions about delivering high quality core instruction and differentiating instruction for struggling learners. Submit advance questions for the discussion now or simply join the chat live on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET.
NASP 2009 Summer Conferences
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is pleased to announce the 2009 summer conferences taking place in Washington, DC, July 13-15, 2009 and Albuquerque, NM, July 20-22, 2009. Find a full online listing of conference offerings, including workshops and special sessions, on topics relating to RTI. Register by June 10, 2009, to take advantage of "early bird" pricing.
RTI Action Network Discussion Boards
Connect with others and post your thoughts or questions on RTI in our Discussion Boards. The following forums are currently available: RTI at Pre-K level, K-5 level, Secondary level, General RTI Discussion, Teacher Preparation and Professional Development, and Sharing Tips about Tools and Intervention Materials. Visit our Discussion Boards today!

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