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July 15, 2010 ACTION UPDATE

Virtual Visit: Russell Middle School

The RTI Action Network travels to schools across the country to find examples of real people doing real work with RTI. Our latest Virtual Visit features Russell Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which has been successfully implementing RTI for academics and behavior for several years. Listen to Principal Jeanice Swift and her staff as they discuss their success and their challenges as well as critical RTI issues like scheduling, problem solving, and student involvement. Let Russell Middle School walk you and your team through the RTI process from beginning to end!

RTI Blog: Scheduling

Dawn Miller's latest post addresses the issue of scheduling and provides a list of questions to consider when creating a master schedule. Dr. Miller, the Innovative Projects Facilitator for Shawnee Mission Public Schools in Kansas, offers helpful tips and lessons learned for buildings of varying sizes and resources to ensure decisions are realistic and RTI implementation is not compromised.
RTI Talks

RTI Talks are live, web-based discussions on issues related to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention. After the Talk, we archive the transcript so you can access this online resource whenever you like. Visit RTI Talks to read the latest transcript on "Building a Master Schedule to Facilitate RTI" and get Leslie Van Kleek and Steven Vandemark's advice on building workable master schedules with the flexibility to respond to student needs at both the elementary and secondary school levels.


Leadership Network: Application Deadline Approaches

We are currently accepting applications for the 2010 – 2011 Leadership Network program. The RTI Action Network's Leadership Network supports district and building leaders in the effective implementation of Response to Intervention.  Designed to accommodate busy educators with full schedules, the Leadership Network provides important guidance on how to proceed to get results for improved student achievement.

Members receive mentoring from an experienced RTI implementer, free resources such as monthly e-tips and a subscription to our monthly newsletter, involvement in an online community, and much more.

The application process will close on August 15th, 2010.


Create Your Implementation Blueprint Stage 2: Installation

Susan Hall's series "Create Your Implementation Blueprint" offers practical tips and activities specific to six stages of implementing RTI based on Dean Fixsen's Stages of Implementation framework. In Stage 2: Installation, Dr. Hall identifies and provides suggestions for educators on getting buy-in, organizing their "service delivery model," and creating a workable schedule.


NCRTI Brief on Essential Components of RTI
The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) has developed a resource to assist in RTI planning that provides a definition of RTI, reviews essential RTI components, and responds to frequently asked questions. The guidance provided reflects research and evidence-based practices for RTI implementation and supports the implementation of a comprehensive RTI framework. Download NCRTI's "Brief on Essential Components of RTI."
NCRTI Brief on Meeting the Needs of ELLs
To ensure that the implementation of RTI strategies effectively addresses the needs of all students, the NCRTI has developed an information brief providing guidelines for organizing and implementing a school leadership team that focuses on the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). Download the information brief "Using School Leadership Teams to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners."

NCRTI Brief on The ABCs of RTI: A Guide for Parents
This NCRTI guide provides information for parents on what children may experience in schools that use RTI to identify and instruct children with specific learning disabilities. It presents a three-tier model and includes a question section that parents can use to fill in information about screening, progress monitoring, tiered instruction, staff collaboration, and fidelity of implementation. This parent's guide is also now available in Spanish.

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