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March 18, 2009 ACTION UPDATE

Using Technology to Enhance RTI Implementation

Technology-enhanced academic and behavioral assessments and interventions can make RTI implementation easier and more likely to occur. Read Dr. Matthew Burns's new article to discover how technology can facilitate the successful implementation of essential RTI components, including high-quality classroom instruction, tiered instruction/intervention, ongoing student assessment, and family involvement.

Voices from the Field

College Gardens Elementary School's staff began implementing RTI as a systemic and systematic way to improve achievement for all students. In the latest Voices from the Field story, Principal Albert P. DuPont describes how RTI has allowed his staff to develop a culture of shared leadership that allows everyone to participate in a collaborative, risk-taking environment. 

Upcoming RTI Talk: 
Carol Connor and Stephanie Al Otaiba on Differentiating Reading Instruction within the Core
April 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET

All teachers recognize the importance of matching literacy instruction to the ability level and needs of each child--but how can this crucial goal actually be accomplished? Join Carol M. Connor, Ph.D., and Stephanie Al Otaiba, Ph.D., of Florida State University and also the Florida Center of Reading Research (FCRR) as they 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.


Is RTI mandated by federal law?

Dr. Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education, notes that the phrase "Response to Intervention" (RTI) never appears in either federal law or regulation. However, the use of RTI as a systematic process for screening, intervening, and monitoring—while not mandated by federal—is what was intended under IDEA to determine a child's response to scientific, research-based intervention.

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Looking For Feedback From Educators

Principal Bob Heimbaugh will be joining the RTI Action Network at the National Association of Elementary Schools Principals' (NAESP) Convention, April 2-6, 2009 in New Orleans, LA. In his latest blog, he explores how RTI encourages principals and their staff to envision a new "world view" and invites you to share your RTI implementation experiences with us. After the convention, Mr. Heimbaugh will highlight stories from NAESP in another blog!


Upcoming RTI Talk
Join us for "English Language Learners and RTI" on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 1 pm EST. 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 pm EST
RTI Center Webinar
The National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI Center) is hosting a webinar, RTI and Universal Screening: Establishing District Benchmarks,on Wednesday March 25th from 2-3 p.m. EST. The RTI Center's latest webinar will feature Dr. Dave Heistad, the Executive Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for the Minneapolis Public School System. Dr. Heistad will present information for using universal screening measures and establishing district benchmarks by providing practical applications for implementing these RTI tools in your schools.
RTI Center Podcasts
The National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI Center) has a new resource: Q&A Podcasts on Planning for the Implementation of RTI.  In these podcasts, Dr. Alexandra Hilt-Panahon shares her experiences related to: planning and preparation for RTI; tiered instruction; professional development; and collaboration between general and special education teachers.

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