Welcome to RTI Talk
The National Center for Learning Disabilities and the RTI Action Network bring you RTI Talk.
RTI Talks are live, online discussions on Response to Intervention (RTI) featuring nationally recognized researchers and experienced implementers. During an RTI Talk, experts are available to answer questions submitted prior to the talk or during the live event.
Joining an RTI Talk is as Easy as 1-2-3
Since RTI Talks are text-based discussions, all you’ll need is Internet access to participate. You can submit your question in advance of the Talk, or during the scheduled event. In either case, participating is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Click on the title of the upcoming RTI Talk — This will take you to a page featuring a detailed description of the Talk, as well as biographies of the participating experts and additional resources on the topic;
- Type your question in the field provided;
- Click “Ask your Question.”
That’s all there is to it. Once the Talk is live, you’ll see the questions asked and our experts’ answers.
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Please note: Due to the volume of questions submitted, our experts may not be able to answer each individual question.
Implementing RTI in High Schools
29 June 2011 | Drs. Matthew Burns, Hollie Pettersson and Rebecca Sarlo
Implementing RtI at the secondary level presents unique challenges and new questions. Drs. Matthew Burns, Hollie Pettersson and Rebecca Sarlo explored the application of multi-tiered systems of support in high school settings and answered your questions about key issues.
School Psychologists and RTI
26 May 2011 | Katie Eklund, MSW and Montina Romero, Ph.D.
Katie Eklund and Montina Romero answered your questions about the various roles of school psychologists within RTI. They also offered tips and examples of strategies to support the effective implementation of RTI based on lessons learned working in local schools.
Speech-Language Pathologists and RTI
12 May 2011 | Drs. Barbara Ehren and Maureen Staskowski
Drs. Barbara Ehren and Maureen Staskowski answered your questions about the role of SLPs in RTI. They also offered tips and examples of effective ways to engage in assessment and intervention activities based on lessons learned working with SLPs in local schools.
Using School-based Volunteers in RTI
13 April 2011 | Audrey Suker and Jason Waite
Learn how school-based volunteers are making a difference in RTI implementation and how you can increase the impact your volunteers are making in your school or district. Join Jason Waite from City Year and Audrey Suker from Minnesota Reading Corps during our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about how they use school-based volunteers in their work and how volunteers can be valuable assets to RTI implementation.
RTI in Early Childhood
30 March 2011 | Jim Lesko, Ed.D. and Donna Nylander
Join Donna Nylander and Jim Lesko during our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about adapting the specific applications of RTI to fit within the early childhood culture and to address the developmental needs of young children. They will also offer tips based on lessons learned working with local schools to guide the development of a Pre-K RTI model, as well as policy recommendations to help build the state and local support needed to implement a successful model.
11 March 2011 | Dawn Miller, Ph.D. and Erin Lolich, M.S.
RTI models hold the promise of advancing identification of and intervention for learning disabilities by linking these two domains. Join Dawn Miller and Erin Lolich during our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about the use of RTI for identifying specific learning disabilities. They will also offer tips based on lessons learned working with local schools on how RTI can ensure accurate and timely LD identification.
9 February 2011 | Colorado Department of Education RTI Team
14 December 2010 | Ann Casey, Ph.D. and Bob Heimbaugh, M.Ed.
18 November 2010 | Edward Fergus, Ph.D.
19 October 2010 | Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D.
18 August 2010 | Dawn Miller, Ph.D.
2 June 2010 | Leslie Van Kleek and Steven Vandemark
20 April 2010 | Jana Echevarria, Ph.D., and Catherine (Cara) Richards-Tutor, Ph.D.
Many English language learners (ELLs) experience academic difficulties and may benefit from prevention and intervention approaches consistent with Response to Intervention (RTI). Join Jana Echevarria, Ph.D., and Catherine (Cara) Richards-Tutor, Ph.D., of California State University, Long Beach, during our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about effective instruction for English language learners.
Engaging Families in RTI
17 March 2010 | Markay L. Winston, Ph.D
Join Markay L. Winston, Ph.D., Director for the Department of Student Services with the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), during our next RTI Talk as she answers your questions about creating positive, engaged relationships that center around supporting student learning, sharing of data and decision making, interventions, and collaborative problem-solving. Dr. Winston will also offer tips based on lessons she learned while educating parents about and collaborating with them on CPS's RTI model, the "Pyramid of Interventions."
Implementing RTI in Middle Schools
18 February 2010 | Jeanice Kerr Swift and Lori Smith, Ph.D
Join Jeanice Kerr Swift and Lori Smith, Ph.D. as they answer your questions about key issues related to RTI including scheduling; staff buy-in; preparation, planning and training for RTI; benefits to students and staff; challenges, and next steps. Ms. Swift and Dr. Smith will offer specific tips for how school teams can work together to introduce and sustain RTI at the middle school level.
Improving Behavior and Student Achievement
20 August 2009 | Andrew Krugly
Join Andrew Krugly, Principal of Dewey Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois, as he answers your questions about establishing a school-wide behavior management plan that emphasizes prevention and positive modeling in order to improve academic performance among all students. Mr. Krugly will offer specific tips for improving behaviors, attitudes, and the general school environment.
4 June 2009 | Drexel Hill Middle School Team
Join Principal Jonathan Ross and members of the Drexel Hill team as they share lessons learned and important outcomes after two years of RTI implementation. Team members answer your questions about school-wide approaches to collaboration and teaming to meet the needs of all learners within an Reponse to Intervention (RTI) framework.
Differentiating Reading Instruction Within the Core
23 April 2009 | Carol M. Connor, Ph.D., and Stephanie Al Otaiba, Ph.D.
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. Drs. Connor and Al Otaiba will also offer tips and suggestions for using materials and lesson procedures from the core program to provide reteaching, or additional teaching, to students according to their needs.
English Language Learners and RTI
24 March 2009 | Nonie Lesaux, Ph.D.
Join Nonie Lesaux, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Development and Urban Education Advancement at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, during our next RTI Talk as she answers your questions about effective literacy and English language instruction for English learners in the elementary and middle school grades.
Enhancing Reading Comprehension within Core Instruction
11 March 2009 | Annemarie Palincsar, Ph.D.
Join Annemarie Palincsar, Ph.D., Jean and Charles Walgreen professor of reading and literacy at the University of Michigan, during our next RTI Talk as she answers your questions about how children who struggle with academic learning can be supported to be successful in the context of ambitious science instruction. Dr. Palincsar will provide information from case studies of students in upper elementary classrooms, describing how general educators adapted the instruction and the instructional context to support these students. She will also describe how guided inquiry science experiences can provide an important opportunity to use reading, writing, and oral language.
14 January 2009 | Rob Horner, Ph.D.
Join Rob Horner, Ph.D., professor of special education at the University of Oregon and director of the Educational Community Supports, as he answers your questions about maximizing student learning and the impact of effective interventions by preventing the development and lessening the intensity of problem behaviors. Dr. Horner will also offer tips and suggestions for establishing a school-wide system of positive behavior supports and interventions to meet the needs of students experiencing academic and social difficulties in school.
Family-School Partnerships and RTI
9 December 2008 | Amy L. Reschly, Ph.D.
Join Amy L. Reschly, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia, as she answers your questions about creating positive, engaged relationships that center around supporting student learning, sharing of data and decision making, interventions, and collaborative problem-solving. Dr. Reschly will also offer tips and suggestions for numerous ways schools and families may work together within a multi-tiered model.
Data-Based Decision Making
12 November 2008 | Dr. Matthew K. Burns
Join Matthew K. Burns, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program, University of Minnesota, during our next RTI Talk as he answers your questions about problem-solving decisions made in each tier and the various decision-making rules used in each tier within an RTI model. Dr. Burns will also offer tips and suggestions on using data to make decisions about instruction, intervention, and eligibility.
RTI and Universal Screening
11 September 2008 | Drs. Joseph Jenkins and Marjorie Lipson
Join our experts Joseph Jenkins, Professor of Special Education at the University of Washington, and Marjorie Lipson, Professor of Education at the University of Vermont, discussed the importance of universal screening and how it is used under an RTI framework while answering your questions about RTI and Universal Screening.
Building Education Programs that Work for All Students
20 August 2008 | Dr. Dean Fixsen
Join our expert Dean Fixsen offered tips and suggestions to help you apply successful strategies for organizational and systems development, change management, program implementation and administration, systems transformation, and neighborhood development within your school community.
Implementing RTI in Mathematics
19 June 2008 | Amanda VanDerHeyden and David Allsopp
Join our experts Amanda VanDerHeyden and David Allsopp as they discuss "How can RTI play a role in helping students who are struggling in mathematics succeed?" while answering your questions about "Implementing RTI in Mathematics."
Building Your Blueprint for Successful RTI Implementation
22 May 2008 | Thomas Komp and Dr. George Batsche
Join Thomas Komp, Principal of Boulevard Elementary School (NY) and George Batsche, Co-Director of the Florida Statewide Problem-Solving/Response to Intervention Project, during our next RTI Talk as they answer your questions about "Building Your Blueprint for Successful RTI Implementation” at each of the three primary phases of implementation—consensus building, infrastructure development and implementation procedures.
Managing Ongoing Student Assessments
23 Apr 2008 | Dr. Stanley Deno
Join our expert Dr. Stanley Deno, best known for his research leading to the development of Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) progress monitoring procedures and their use in the Response to Intervention (RTI) model, as he answers your questions on CBM.
Response to Intervention and IDEA - LD Identification in the RTI Instruction Model
28 Feb 2008 | Dr. Daryl Mellard and Dr. Mary Beth Klotz
RTI Gets Promoted to Secondary Schools
22 Oct 2007 | Dr. Barbara J. Ehren and Dr. Kathleen Whitmire
Join featured experts Dr. Barbara Ehren and Dr. Kathleen Whitmire as they discuss the challenges and solutions for implementing RTI at the secondary level, and shared strategies for bringing effective supports to adolescents through collaboration between educators and families.
Reading and Response to Intervention (RTI): How Students Benefit from Multi-Tiered Instruction and Intervention
26 Apr 2007 | Dr. Jeanne Wanzek and Dr. Sharon Vaughn
Recognition and Response
24 Oct 2006 | Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman, Dr. Virginia Buysse
Join featured experts Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman and Dr. Virginia Buysse as they discuss the Recognition & Response approach to addressing early learning difficulties before kindergarten. This approach includes assessing the overall quality of early learning experiences for all children as well as making program modifications, tailoring instruction, and providing appropriate supports for individual children who struggle to learn.
Response to Intervention: What Parents Need to Know About This Approach to Identifying Students Most At-Risk for LD
18 Apr 2006 | Dr. Judy Elliott