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July 21, 2009 ACTION UPDATE

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 join today!

Creating Capacity: Preparing Educators for RTI

As a follow-up to the symposium co-sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and the RTI Action Network, this month we are featuring a series of blogs on Response to Intervention and the importance of teacher preparation and professional development (see below). The archived videos from "Creating Capacity: Preparing Educators for RTI" are also available for free through the NEA Academy.

RTI Curriculum in Higher Education

David P. Prasse, Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, recommends all professional education programs integrate RTI knowledge and skill sets into the curriculum and clinical experience implementation. In his latest blog, Dr. Prasse offers suggestions for general content areas that must be included in the higher education curriculum so that graduates understand RTI and have the skill sets necessary for successful implementation.


What is the best way to involve and utilize non-certified support staff in RTI?

Jared Moretti and Bob Heimbaugh are Wyoming-based principals who have been implementing RTI in their elementary schools.
Both principals answer this question by first clarifying the definition of non-certified staff and the conditions under which they work with children.
Each then offers his own opinion about how such staff can be very beneficial in providing instruction to children in the RTI process.


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Professional Development and Pre-Service Teacher Preparation

In this blog, Assistant Superintendent Charles Grable of Huntington County Community School Corporation in Indiana describes how the establishment of a broad-based leadership team enhances the effective implementation of RTI-related professional development and pre-service teacher preparation. Mr. Grable describes how such a broad-based planning committee utilizes its members’ various perspectives to build capacity for RTI.


Choose from a list of Web-based training opportunities, both archived and upcoming, to develop your skills and increase your knowledge of effective Response to Intervention (RTI) practices. Ongoing professional development is essential across school personnel to ensure that RTI is implemented with fidelity. Webinar topics include Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM), Pre-K RTI, teacher preparation, and much more.
CEP Study Finds Many States Showed Gains
The recently released report, State Test Score Trends Through 2007-08, Part I: Is the Emphasis on "Proficiency" Shortchanging Higher- and Lower-Achieving Students?, includes achievement data profiles for each of the 50 states, showing trends in reading and math for basic, proficient, and advanced levels in elementary, middle, and high school. The study found more states showed gains than declines for students reaching or exceeding the basic, proficient, and advanced levels of achievement.
RtI Innovations Conference
The National RtI Innovations Conference registration is open. The conference will take place September 24-25, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of this conference is to provide innovative ideas in implementing Response to Intervention at the pre-service, building, district, and state levels.

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