National Center on Response to Intervention Highlights & Resources|
High School Tiered Interventions Online Community of Practice
The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), the National High School Center, and the National Center on Intensive Interventions are launching an online community of practice for school and district practitioners implementing tiered interventions in high schools. Within the community, members from around the country will be able to share resources and engage in discussions with colleagues and national experts on how to move their implementation forward and overcome common barriers. Stay tuned for further communications about the community launch soon. You can view a variety of resources focused on Secondary RTI including Tiered Interventions in High Schools: Using Preliminary 'Lessons Learned' to Guide Ongoing Discussion Publication on our website.
RTI in Middle School
The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) has released a number of resources to support RTI implementation in middle schools. Watch webinars on RTI in Middle Schools, RTI Scheduling Processes for Middle Schools, and Reponses to Intervention Practices in Middle Schools or read briefs focused on RTI Implementation Processes for Middle School, RTI Scheduling Processes for Middle School, and RTI in Middle Schools: Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about considerations for implementing RTI at the middle school level.
Upcoming Webinar and Live Chat
In this webinar, “We're "Doing RTI" - A Closer Look at Implementation,” Dr. Rebecca Zumeta, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the NCRTI and former Program Supervisor in Special Education for Washington State, and Mike Jacobsen, Director of Assessment and District RTI Coordinator for the White River School District in Buckley, Washington, discuss efforts to evaluate and improve RTI implementation efforts. The webinar provides the rationale and purpose for evaluating implementation, the history of RTI implementation in Washington, an interview process that was implemented to review RTI implementation in Washington, and an example of the process in White River School District. View this webinar from our website at your convenience or download it to your mp3 player or other device to watch on the go. After watching the webinar, e-mail us your questions at RTIWebinars@air.org.
Follow-up Live Online Chat
A live online chat focused on “We're "Doing RTI" - A Closer Look at Implementation” will take place February 23 from 2:00-3:00 pm eastern time. At this time, Dr. Rebecca Zumeta and Mike Jacobsen will answer the questions you submitted via e-mail as well as any additional questions that come up during the online chat. To participate in the live online chat, go to www.rti4success.org and click on "Join our Live Chat." Note that this will not be available until 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the chat. You can also view the archives of past live chats on our website.
Ask the Expert Video
“How did you set cut scores in your school and what resources have you found to be helpful when determining cut scores?” Watch Laurie Emery from Old Vail Middle School and Patty Coppess from Urbandale Middle School, answer this question. View and/or download all the Ask the Expert videos on our website.
State News And Events
South Carolina Administers State Survey to Understand RTI Implementation throughout the State
The South Carolina Department of Education in collaboration with the NCRTI, is collecting and analyzing survey data from all districts and schools in South Carolina. The surveys ask practitioners to rate the level and effectiveness of RTI implementation in their school or district, and to identify areas of need. Data from the surveys will be used to tailor support provided by the South Carolina Department of Education. Learn more about RTI in South Carolina
Resources From Our Partners
RTI Action Network Article: Understanding the Modern Menu of Public Education Services for Struggling Learners
In this article, Understanding the Modern Menu of Public Education Services for Struggling Learners: RTI Programs, Section 504, and Special Education, Jose Martín discusses the similarities and differences between programs and services provided under local RTI policies, Section 504, and special education programs under IDEA. Read the article and learn more about RTI on the RTI Action Network Website.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to hold 2012 Annual Convention
The NASP’s 2012 Annual Convention will be held from February 21-24, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference has a wide variety of sessions focused on improving children’s emotional well-being including a number of sessions that focus on the role and implementation of RTI. Learn more about the conference, view available sessions, and register on their website.
Center on Instruction to Host Webinar focused on Distinctions among Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention in Mathematics
On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, from 2-3 PM Eastern, the Center on Instruction will host a webinar on “Responsiveness-To-Intervention: Distinctions among Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention.” During the webinar, Dr. Lynn Fuchs will discuss a framework for conceptualizing RTI and outline meaningful distinctions among primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in mathematics. Register online and enter Event/Form ID: COIRTI (not case sensitive). Learn more about RTI in mathematics by viewing the archived webinar RTI in Mathematics at the Secondary Level, featuring Dr. Takako Nomi from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and Dr. John Woodward of the School of Education at the University of Puget Sound on their website.
U.S. Department of Education
A Descriptive Analysis of State-Supported Formative Assessment Initiatives in New York and Vermont
The Northeast and Islands Regional Education Lab (REL) within the Institutes for Education Sciences (IES) recently released a report focused on formative assessments in Vermont and New York. The report describes the primary components of the two formative assessment initiatives and the strategies that state, district, and school leaders report using to support implementation of each initiative. To learn more about formative assessments in these states, read the full report on their website.
Department of Education Issues ADA Amendments Act Dear Colleague Letter to Provide Guidance Under Amended Legal Standards
The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a Dear Colleague letter concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. The letter and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions document provide additional guidance on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) in elementary and secondary schools, given the changes to those laws made by the Amendments Act. Review the Dear Colleague letter and FAQ document at the Office of Civil Rights website.
This is the National Center on Response to Intervention's monthly e-newsletter, the RTI Responder. We share the latest research findings about RTI, related information from our partners and the federal Technical Assistance and Dissemination network, as well as the policies, strategies, and techniques that states have developed to implement an RTI model. We hope that you find this newsletter pertinent and informative.
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