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Thursday, September 09, 2010

The RTI Responder - September 2010 Issue No. 29


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The RTI Responder

September, 2010 ( Issue #29)


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Webinars and Live Chats

The National Center on Response to Intervention is pleased to announce that we are working to meet your busy scheduling needs. Beginning this month, we will post a pre-recorded webinar for you to view at your convenience. You can watch at a time that works best for you — first thing in the morning, in the evening, at the gym, or during a professional development session with your staff. You can then e-mail your questions to us, and those questions, as well as others that arise, will be answered by the webinar presenter during a live, online chat event.

Webinar: What is RTI? The Essential Components

In this webinar, Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey, an NCRTI technical assistance provider, provides an overview of the essential components of RTI including screening, progress monitoring, a school-wide, multi-level prevention system, and data-based decision making. The webinar is available for viewing on our website at any time that works best for you. Or you can download the webinar to your Ipod or other device to watch on the go. After watching the webinar, e-mail us your questions at

Follow-up Live Online Chat

A live, online chat, about the webinar, "What is RTI? The Essential Components" will take place on September 21st from 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern. At this time, Dr. Bailey will provide answers to 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 and click on "Join our Live Chat." Note that this will not be available until 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the chat.

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Instruction Tools Chart ImageProgress Monitoring Call for Tools

The National Center on Response to Intervention has announced a call for progress monitoring tools. Now through October 22nd, the Center's Technical Review Committee is accepting submissions of progress monitoring tools that can be used in an RTI context. All interested vendors are invited to submit. For more details see the Tools/Interventions section of our website,

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Dr. Evelyn JohnsonAsk the Expert Video: How does RTI fit in with other policy initiatives?

"How does RTI fit in with other policy initiatives?" Watch the video of Dr. Evelyn Johnson of Boise State University as she answers this question. Several other short videos are available to download and view at your convenience in our Ask the Expert video series.





Idaho RTI District Leadership Summit

Iowa stateOn August 9-10, 2010 Idaho held a two day RTI Summit focused on district level implementation, enhancement, and expansion. The goals of the summit included 1) establishing the context for district-wide expansion of comprehensive models of RTI for district educational leaders; 2) increasing the understanding of the essential components of RTI and the tools to evaluate the fidelity of implementation of these components; 3) assisting districts in developing an implementation plan for RTI at target schools; and 4) supporting districts in developing a coaching plan and identifying resources necessary to complete quarterly implementation benchmarks. Tessie Rose Bailey, NCRTI TA provider, presented on the essential components of RTI, data-based decision making, and H igh School RTI. Nancy Thomas Price, Idaho's RTI Coordinator, held sessions focused on implementation, and Steve Underwood, Idaho's Director of Statewide Systems of Support, presented on tiered systems of support. Jenny Scala, NCRTI trainer, was one of 11 table facilitators that helped state-supported coaches and capacity builders work with district teams to develop an implementation plan and a plan for RTI coaches for their districts. Visit Idaho's RTI website to learn more about their efforts. To get information about other state RTI initiatives, visit our RTI State Database.





National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): RTI and SWPBIS: Confronting the Problem of Disproportionality

NASP LogoThis article written by Edward McKinney, Charles Bartholomew, and LaReasa Gray, was written as one in a series of articles, supported by the members of the African American subcommittee under NASP's Multicultural Affairs Committee. The series focuses on school equity and promising practices for addressing disproportionality. This article describes how multi-tiered academic and behavioral interventions, RTI and school wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS), relate to disproportionality; it suggests that RTI and SWPBIS need to be examined closer as service delivery models that can help at-risk students. To read the articl e, visit NASP's online journal, Communiqué Online.




OSEP Leadership Mega Conference

Ideas That WorkOSEP hosted the 2010 OSEP Leadership Mega Conference August 2-5, 2010 with the theme, Collaboration to Achieve Success from Cradle to Career. The conference merged three previously held OSEP conferences: the National Parent Center Conference, the National Early Childhood Conference, and the OSEP Leadership Conference, into one event. Over the four days, sessions varied in focus with strands on parents, early childhood, leadership, and state directors. RTI was featured in a session, Response to Inte rvention in Early Childhood, presented by Virginia Buysse, Senior Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Center at UNC, Gail Houle, Associate Division Director, RTP, OSEP, and Scott McConnell, Director of Community Engagement, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota. To view the agenda for the conference and PowerPoint Presentations visit the conference 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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