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  1. Connecting RTI to New Priorities: Aligning Educational Initiatives

  2. Disclaimer The Center on Instruction is operated by RMC Research Corporation in partnership with the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University; Instructional Research Group; Lawrence Hall of Science; the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics at the University of Houston; and The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin.The contents of this PowerPoint were developed under cooperative agreement S283B050034 with the U.S. Department of Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.The Center on Instruction requests that no changes be made to the content or appearance of this product.To download a copy of this document, visit www.centeroninstruction.org. 2011

  3. Agenda • Brief History of the Project • Overview of the System • Dynamic inputs: Policy • Dynamic inputs: Standards • Desired outputs: Diverse Learners • Common Themes Across Topics • Recommendations for TA • Next Steps • Final Thoughts • Questions (followed by “offline” discussion)

  4. History of the Project • RTI Workgroup • Eight state departments: Alaska, California, Idaho, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming • Seven Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs): Alaska, California, Northwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Texas, and New England

  5. Working Meeting: RTI and State Priorities: Aligning Educational Initiatives Pre-Meeting Survey to determine highest priority areas: • SIG/School Turnaround • Diverse Learners • Students with Disabilities • English language learners • College and Career Readiness • Common Core State Standards

  6. Overview of the System

  7. Dynamic Inputs • Policy • Funding • Standards • Curricula • Assessments/accountability requirements

  8. Robust Instructional System • Efficient allocation of resources • Evidence-based practices • Effective instruction • Effective assessment • Data-based instructional decision-making

  9. Desired Outputs • All students graduate College and Career Ready • English language learners • Struggling students • Students with disabilities • Gifted and talented

  10. School Improvement Grants

  11. School Improvement Grants • Provision of funding to support improvement of the “persistently lowest-achieving schools” • Intervention Models • Turnaround model • Restart model • School closure • Transformation model

  12. SIG Alignment with RTI • RTI is a framework for resource allocation (time, materials, staff, other resources) • SIG is a funding source designed to support school improvement • SIG funds can be (and in many cases are being) used to implement an RTI framework to achieve school improvement • Transformation Model • Turnaround Model

  13. SIG Big Ideas • Create, communicate, and disseminate explicit connections between SIG and RTI for RCCs, SEAs, & LEAs • Support collaboration • Provide capacity-building and sustainability at all levels • Identify implementation tools

  14. SIG and RTI

  15. SIG and RTI

  16. SIG and RTI 1All items in column adapted from Center on Instruction. (2008). Implementation considerations. In Response to intervention classification tool and response locator. Retrieved from http://www.rtictrl.org/considerations.php 2All items in column adapted from U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2010). Guidance on fiscal year 2010 school improvement grants under section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Washington, DC: Author.

  17. Self Reflection: In your state, where do you see the connections between SIG and RTI? How is alignment between RTI and SIG being communicated to SEAs and/or LEAs?

  18. Resources • Center on Instruction (n.d.). Selected COI resources addressing the ARRA reform area: Data systems to support instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/selected-coi-resources-addressing-the-arra-reform-area-data-systems-to-support-instruction • Center on Instruction (n.d.). Selected COI resources addressing the ARRA reform area: Effective leaders and teachers. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/selected-coi-resources-addressing-the-arra-reform-area-effective-leaders-and-teachers • Center on Instruction (n.d.). Selected COI resources addressing the ARRA reform area: Standards and assessments. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/selected-coi-resources-addressing-the-arra-reform-area-standards-and-assessments • Center on Instruction (n.d.). Selected COI resources addressing the ARRA reform area: Turning around struggling schools. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/selected-coi-resources-addressing-the-arra-reform-area-turning-around-struggling-schools • Perlman, C. L., & Redding, S. (Ed.). (2009). Handbook on effective implementation of school improvement grants. Lincoln, IL: Academic Development Institute. Retrieved fromhttp://www.centerii.org/handbook/ • U. S. Department of Education. School TurnaroundNewsletters. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/oese-news/school-turnaround-newsletters

  19. Common Core State Standards

  20. Common Core State Standards • Standards • Grade Level/Cluster Standards (cumulative) • Content Areas • Math • English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects • Cumulative Standards that lead to College & Career Readiness • High Cognitive Demand • State/District/School Defined Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

  21. CCSS Alignment with RTI • Large range of students will be expected to obtain mastery of the CCSS. • RTI is one model for meeting all of their needs: • Research-based core instruction for all students • Ongoing data collection and data-based decision making to monitor student mastery of standards • Intervention for students who don’t master foundational reading skills • Intervention for students who do not master grade level standards

  22. CCSS Big Ideas • Leadership is the key to using RTI to implement CCSS or other state standards and assessments • Show explicit linkage between RTI and CCSS • Capacity-building to ensure sustainability • RTI as a systematic framework for implementing CCSS or other state standards and assessments

  23. CCSS and RTI

  24. CCSS and RTI

  25. CCSS and RTI All items adapted from National Center on Response to Intervention. (2010). Essential components of RTI—A closer look at response to intervention. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, National Center on Response to Intervention.

  26. Self Reflection: How can the current RTI infrastructure in your state be used to support the implementation of CCSS or other state standards and assessments? Even though the essential components of RTI remain the same under CCSS or other state standards, how will practices within each of these components need to be modified when implementing new state standards and assessments?

  27. Resources • Common Core State Standards Initiative. (n.d.). Application of common core state standards for English language learners. Retrieved from www.corestandards.org/assets/application-for-english-learners.pdf • Common Core State Standards Initiative. (n.d.). Application to students with disabilities. Retrieved from www.corestandards.org/assets/application-to-students-with-disabilities.pdf • Common Core State Standards Initiative. (2010). Common core state standards for English language arts & literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. • Common Core State Standards Initiative. (2010). Common core state standards for mathematics. • Link to all CCSS resources on the COI site: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources_searchresults.cfm?searchterms=Common%20Core%20State%20Standards&explicit=1  Consortia Developing Assessments • Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) http://www.achieve.org/PARCC • SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/ Consortia Developing Alternate Assessment • Dynamic Learning Maps http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/ • National Center and State Collaborative http://www.cehd.umn.edu/nceo/projects/NCSC/NCSC.html • *This webinar provides a good overview of the two consortia developing the alternate assessments: http://media.all4ed.org/webinar-jul-25-2011

  28. College and Career Readiness for English Language Learners

  29. English Language Learners • ELLs must have access to1: • Qualified personnel to support ELLs while taking advantage of the many strengths and skills they bring to the classroom; • Literacy-rich school environments where students are immersed in a variety of language experiences; • Instruction that develops foundational skills in English and enables ELLs to participate fully in grade-level coursework; • Coursework that prepares ELLs for postsecondary education or the workplace, yet is made comprehensible for students learning content in a second language (through specific pedagogical techniques and additional resources); • Opportunities for classroom discourse and interaction that are well-designed to enable ELLs to develop communicative strengths in language arts; • Ongoing assessment and feedback to guide learning; and • Speakers of English who know the language well enough to provide ELLs with models and support. 1National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers (2010). Application of Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners. Retrieved from: http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards

  30. ELL Alignment with RTI • Compared to traditional instructional methods, instruction in RTI: • May be less biased and more instructionally relevant • May lead to earlier identification and intervention • 1May help decrease proportions of ELLs inappropriately referred for special education 1Klingner, J. K., & Edwards, P. A. (2006). Cultural considerations with response to intervention models. Reading Research Quarterly, 41, 108-117.

  31. ELL Alignment with RTI • Could some of the same problems associated with traditional models emerge in RTI? • Ex. Disproportionate numbers of ELLs receiving Tier II and III intervention if they perform below criteria established for non-ELLs • Is this really a problem? Not if: • Intensive instruction is beneficial for ELLs • General classroom instruction (Tier 1) can be designed to meet the needs of ELLs, such that the most intensive interventions are reserved for the most struggling students

  32. ELL Big Ideas • Focus on instruction in Tier I • Collaboration among teachers and across departments (content areas); Collaboration among other professionals • Instill common vision that is embedded within the culture • Formative assessments

  33. Self Reflection: How are the needs of ELLs being addressed in primary prevention (i.e., core instruction) in your state? What are areas in need of improvement with respect to instruction, assessment, data-based decision making and teacher preparation?

  34. Resources • Echevarria, J., & Hasbrouck, J. (2009, July). Create Brief: Response to Intervention and English Learners. Retrieved from http://www.cal.org/create/resources/pubs/responsetointerv.html • Esparza Brown, J., & Sanford, A. (March 2011). RTI for English Language Learners: Appropriately Using Screening and Progress Monitoring Tools to Improve Instructional Outcomes. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, National Center on Response to Intervention. Retrieved from http://www.rti4success.org/resourcetype/rti-english-language-learners-appropriately-using-screening-and-progress-monitoring-too • Gersten, R., Baker, S. K., Shanahan, T., Linan-Thompson, S., Collins, P., & Scarcella, R. (2007). Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades: A Practice Guide (NCEE 2007-4011). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U. S. Department of Education. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/publications/practiceguides/ • Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin. (2010) Instructional decision-making procedures: Ensuring appropriate instruction for struggling students in Grades K-3. Austin, TX: Author. Retrieved from buildingrti.utexas.org/PDF/Instructional_Decision-making_Procedures.pdf • Pennsylvania Department of Education. (n.d.). Response to instruction and intervention (RtII) and English language learners (ELLs). Retrieved from http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/PaTTAN%20Publications/Browse/Single/?id=4dc09560cd69f9ac7fb40000 • Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners(CREATE) http://www.cal.org/create/index.html • The George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education– ELL Accommodations Online Toolkit and Database http://ells.ceee.gwu.edu/tools.aspx • World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) http://www.wida.us/index.aspx

  35. Resources • Link to all ELL resources on the COI site: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/topic.cfm?k=ELL • Examples: • Moughamian, A. C., Rivera, M. O., & Francis, D. J. (2009). Instructional models and strategies for teaching English language learners. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/instructional-models-and-strategies-for-teaching-english-language-learners • Rivera, M. O., Moughamian, A. C., Lesaux, N. K., & Francis, D. J. (2008). Language and reading interventions for English language learners and English language learners with disabilities. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/language-and-reading-interventions-for-english-language-learners-and-english-language-learners-with-disabilities • Rivera, M. O., Francis, D. J., Fernandez, M., Moughamian, A. C., Lesaux, N. K., & Jergensen, J. (2010). Effective practices for English language learners. Principals from five states speak. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/effective-practices-for-english-language-learners-principals-from-five-states-speak

  36. College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

  37. Students with Disabilities • Students with disabilities must have access to1: • Rigorous academic content standards; • Adequate preparation for success in college and/or careers; • Supports and related services designed to meet their needs • Supports and related services designed to enable their access to the general curriculum; • Individualized Education Programs with annual goals aligned with and chosen to facilitate their attainment of grade-level academic standards; • Teachers who are prepared and qualified to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, individualized instruction and support services; • Specialized instructional support personnel who are prepared and qualified to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, individualized instruction and support services; and • Appropriate additional supports and services (e.g., Universal Design for Learning, instructional accommodations, or assistive technology devices). 1National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers (2010). Application to Students with Disabilities. Retrieved from: http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards

  38. SWD Alignment with RTI • Data-driven instructional decision-making • Early intervention rather than “wait-to-fail” • Differentiated instruction for ALL students • Increased collaboration and shared ownership between departments and “eds” • Referral and eligibility in the context of evidence • More efficient and appropriate allocation of resources

  39. SWD Big Ideas • Purposes and goals of RTI need to be made explicit to all stakeholders • Need for RTI to be implemented systematically and systemically • Early involvement of parents • Usefulness of infusing the language of RTI into all trainings/PD done at the state level

  40. Self Reflection: Is there a need in your state for better or more communication between general and special educators? Are there advantages to you in using RTI as an instructional framework for preparing students for college and careers? How are parents and other stakeholders being made aware of RTI?

  41. Resources • Boardman, A. G., Roberts, G., Vaughn, S., Wexler, J., Murray, C. S., & Kosanovich, M. (2008). Effective instruction for adolescent struggling readers: A practice brief. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/effective-instruction-for-adolescent-struggling-readers---second-edition • Gersten, R. Chard, D., Jayanthi, M., Baker, S., Morphy, P., & Flojo, J. (2008). Mathematics instruction for students with learning disabilities or difficulty learning mathematics: A synthesis of the intervention research. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/mathematics-instruction-for-students-with-learning-disabilities-or-difficulty-learning-mathematics-a-synthesis-of-the-intervention-research • Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin. (2010) Instructional decision-making procedures: Ensuring appropriate instruction for struggling students in Grades K-3. Austin, TX: Author. Retrieved from buildingrti.utexas.org/PDF/Instructional_Decision-making_Procedures.pdf • Newman-Gonchar, R., Clarke, B., & Gersten, R. (2009). A summary of nine key studies: Multi-tier intervention and response to interventions for students struggling in mathematics. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/a-summary-of-nine-key-studies-multi-tier-intervention-and-response-to-interventions-for-students-struggling-in-mathematics • Scammacca, N., Vaughn, S., Roberts, G., Wanzek, J., & Torgesen, J. K. (2007). Extensive reading interventions in grades k-3: From research to practice. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/extensive-reading-interventions-in-grades-k-3-from-research-to-practice • Torgesen, J. K., & Miller, D. H. (2009). Assessments to guide adolescent literacy instruction. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction. Retrieved from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/assessments-to-guide-adolescent-literacy-instruction

  42. Common Themes Across Topics • RTI can be used to implement the priorities and support school improvement • Explicit links need to be made between RTI and the priorities to support collaboration • Leadership is key to implementation • Need to address sustainability

  43. Recommendations for TA • Promote statewide coherence by showing explicit connections between RTI and state priorities: • Align different priorities around the common framework of RTI (increase efficiency and effectiveness and promote coherence) • Provide different divisions within the state agency opportunities to talk together about RTI and state priorities • Ensure that different divisions within the state agency use common language when talking about RTI

  44. Next Steps • Action planning template

  45. Final Thoughts • Focus on state leaders– keep RTI in the front seat • Include implications for districts and schools • Work with each other on action planning template 

  46. Questions? • Please ask general questions in the chat area • For more focused/specific discussion, we will turn off the recording in a bit

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