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Subject: RtI/Northwest Regional Professional Development Center/Conference

Source: Martha Leader, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: School Administrators and Educators

Date: May 19, 2009

The Northwest Regional Professional Development Center will be hosting a Northwest Summer RtI Conference on June 8-10 and again on July 8-10.

The conference will frame sessions around the Core Principles of Response to Intervention (RtI). Participants will receive information and links to state/national resources.  Collaboration and networking time will be embedded throughout the conference.  Districts are encouraged to attend as an entire staff or as building teams.

Day 1: RtI Overview (full day national speaker) Keynote Speaker - Dr. W. Alan Coulter is the Co-Director of the Data Accountability Center (DAC) and a Senior Manager at the Human Development Center in New Orleans.  Dr. Coulter is actively involved in the design and implementation of Early Intervening Services (EIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI).  Since 1999, he has actively worked with colleagues to monitor and measure the implementation integrity for early intervening services.

Day 2: Tier 1 Instructional Practices and Classroom Management Breakout sessions focus on the following Core Principles of RtI:

* Effectively teaching all children using scientifically, research-based instruction

* Engaging all learners

* Differentiating for all learners including effectively using technology

* Understanding behavior as it relates to engagement and academic progress

* Leadership to sustain RtI

Day 3: Assessment and intervention tools that monitor student progress for data driven decision making.  Select a full-day session to increase your understanding of assessments utilized for screening and progress monitoring.

* DIBELS (training and schools sharing "lessons learned")

* AIMSweb (overview and schools sharing "lessons learned")

* CBM (Curriculum Based Measures) including Intervention Central

* Assessment for Learning/Common Assessment

* Surveys & SWIS (School-Wide Information System concerning student behavior)

For more information, go to http://www.nwmissouri.edu/rpdc/ click on Conferences or call 800-663-3348.