NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
RTI Talk Postponement
The RTI Talk "English Language Learners and RTI"
has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 1 p.m. Dr. Nonie Lesaux of the Harvard Graduate School of Education will answer your questions about effective literacy and English language instruction for English learners in the elementary and middle school grades. Many ELLs experience reading difficulties and may benefit from prevention and intervention approaches consistent with Response to Intervention (RTI). Submit questions in advance or join the Talk live on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 1 p.m. EST.
NCEE Releases What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide
The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance within the Institute of Education Sciences has released "Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades" (PDF)
. This new practice guide offers recommendations on how teachers and administrators can structure and utilize effective Response-to-Intervention strategies at both the classroom and school level. The guide also provides useful tips for implementing these recommendations.
NASSP Book Release
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has announced its latest book release Breaking Ranks-A Field Guide for Leading Change, the next in NASSP's Breaking Ranks series and written to give school leadership teams the tools and actions necessary to transform a school's culture. The book will be released at NASSP's Annual Convention, February 27 March 1, in San Diego, and will be referenced in a convention session sponsored by the RTI Action Network and presented by Jay Engeln, Barbara Ehren, and Tom Kelly on Saturday, February 28 at 2:30p.m. Contact NASSP at 703.860.0200 for more information.
TQ Connection Online Discussion (RTI: Improving Disproportionality)
Mark your calendar for the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality's next online discussion
, which takes place March 2-6, 2009. During this discussion Dr. Dan Reschly will provide guidance and answer questions regarding the use of RTI to address disproportionality in special education. Interact online with Dr. Reschly and learn about how the RTI framework has shown promise when designed to address cultural and linguistic differences. Please contact Lynn Holdheide, firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Amy Potemski, email@example.com
, with any comments or questions.
New Reading First Report Released
Educational Data Systems has just issued the Year 6 state evaluation report of California's Reading First program. The report indicates positive effects for all Reading First schools, particularly for English learners. In California, the Reading First program has had a significant impact on reading instruction and reading outcomes. Read the California Reading First Year 6 Evaluation Report
for more information.