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October 15, 2009 ACTION UPDATE

Universal Supports for Academics and Behavior

In an integrated RTI model, academics and behavior are two intertwined components of the same universal support system. In this article, Drs. Hank Bohanon, Steve Goodman, and Kent McIntosh outline the practices, systems, and data components that create effective universal supports. Discover how to maximize student learning and the impact of effective interventions by preventing the development and lessening the intensity of problem behaviors.

Federal Funding to Support RTI

In this article, Anna M. Munson, of the St. Louis Public Schools, provides an answer to the question "What funding streams are available for the development and implementation of an RTI framework?" Ms. Munson offers an accessible overview of the primary sources of funding and outlines the key questions schools must address in determining how to fund their RTI plan. Read this article to learn more!

Upcoming Webinar:
Integrating Academic and Behavior Supports
Within an RTI Framework
October 20, 2009 at 3 p.m. ET

During this webinar, Drs. Kent McIntosh, Hank Bohanon, and Steve Goodman will provide background on why integrating academic and behavior RTI systems improves student outcomes and helps prevent school failure. They will then provide specific examples of how academic and behavior systems can be combined into an integrated school-wide system of supports for students. Register for this free webinar today!


Can you describe the relationship between RTI and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)?

Laura Kaloi, NCLD's Public Policy Director, explains that although IDEA 2004 encourages schools to use a process that determines if a student responds to a "scientific, research-based intervention" as part of a learning disability evaluation, there is no specific language in NCLB that allows or requires funds to be used for the same purpose.
Read more to learn why she believes it is imperative that NCLB include explicit language to allow the use of Title 1 funds for RTI.



Free mentoring support now available for those leading RTI implementation at the district and building level. Up to 250 school leaders will receive guidance to help improve student achievement. Don't miss out, join today!
Voices from the Field

In the latest Voices from the Field story, Terri Metcalf explores the challenges and successes that Michiganís Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) has had in helping schools establish an RTI model focused on school-wide reading and behavior systems. Ms. Metcalf descibes the powerful connection she has observed between a schoolís school-wide reading and behavior models and the improvement in student outcomes as a result of successful RTI implementation.


Sharing Tips about RTI Intervention Materials
Join the discussion about which Intervention materials work best for what purposes in our newest Discussion Board forum. Share your tips and gather information about RTI tools and intervention materials today.
CEC Webinars on RTI
Beginning Oct. 22, the Council for Exception Children (CEC) will host a three-session webinar series on RTI. They will cover topics to help you learn how to use research-based interventions to effectively individualize instruction, monitor student progress, apply RTI at the school level, and implement RTI with culturally and linguistically diverse students. For more information about the offerings, visit the CEC Web site.
IDA Convention and RTI Symposium
The International Dyslexia Association's (IDA) 60th Annual Conference takes place Nov. 11-14 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. During the conference, the RTI Action Network, a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, will present a full-day symposium on the effective strategies, positive outcomes and essential components of RTI programs, including discussion of policy issues, implementation procedures and assessment guidelines. For more information, call 1-800-ABCD123 or visit the IDA Web site.
IRA Survey on RTI
The International Reading Association's (IRA) Commission on RTI is conducting a survey to learn about teachersí and specialistsí experiences with RTI. If you are a teacher or specialist who would like to contribute your experiences, please visit the IRA survey site.

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