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August 18, 2009 ACTION UPDATE

Integrating Behavior and Academic Supports

Combining both academic and behavior supports within the RTI framework is effective in helping to maximize time for instruction, enhance student-teacher relationships, foster school connectedness, and improve academic and social competency for all students. In this article, Drs. Hank Bohanon, Steve Goodman, and Kent McIntosh explore the similarities in academic and behavior RTI models and introduce ideas for braiding initiatives to enhance sustainability. In three forthcoming related articles, they will address universal, secondary, and tertiary supports within the multi-tiered, school-wide RTI framework.
Upcoming RTI Talk:
Improving Behavior and Student Achievement
August 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. ET

Join Andrew Krugly, Principal of Dewey Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois, as he answers your questions about establishing a school-wide behavior management plan that emphasizes prevention and positive modeling in order to improve academic performance among all students. Mr. Krugly will offer specific tips for improving behaviors, attitudes, and the general school environment.

RTI Blog

In his latest blog, Principal Bob Heimbaugh states: "To get RTI 'right' in our schools, a professional development plan that focuses on the concepts of RTI implementation is a must." He then goes on to discuss the essential concepts to be addressed within such a professional development plan and establish standards for quality professional development. Read and comment on his blog today!


If a student is exhibiting behavior problems in school such as losing assignments, trouble staying on task, disruptive behavior, etc. how should I approach this problem using the RTI framework?

Dr. George Sugai, Carole J. Neag Endowed Professor in Special Education at the University of Connecticut, emphasizes that from an RTI perspective, it is important to remember that the more non-responsive a student's behavior is, the more intensive and adult supervised the intervention must be.
He outlines steps in the problem solving process within RTI emphasizing the use of current student data to guide selection of an evidence-based practice that can be implemented with high fidelity or accuracy.

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Upcoming Webinar:
Evelyn S. Johnson and Juli L. Pool on Screening for Reading Problems in an RTI Framework
September 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. ET

In this webinar, Evelyn Johnson and Juli Pool will summarize and discuss the challenges of screening for reading problems in an RTI framework. They will then provide an overview of the screening processes have been used to identify student at risk for reading problems and discuss screening measures that work well in identifying students from pre-K through grade 12 who are at risk for reading problems. Read more about this webinar!


RTI Mentoring
The RTI Action Network has created a Leadership Network to support those leading RTI Implementation at the district and building level. Designed to accommodate busy educators with full schedules, the Leadership Network will provide members important guidance on how to proceed to get results for improved student achievement. Learn more and apply today!
Call for Papers
The Elementary School Journal has issued a call for papers for a special issue on RTI-related theory and research. Authors should submit papers for the issue through ESJ’s electronic submission system, by February 15, 2010. If you have questions regarding the content of the special issue, please contact the guest editor, Dr. Karen Wixson.

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