Today kicked off the first statewide Response-to-Intervention (RTI) Conference. Six hundred teachers, principals, support personnel and district administrators joined national, regional and state experts to learn about implementing RTI.
RTI is a framework for continuous improvement that provides high-quality, standard-based instruction and research-based systematic interventions for all student needs -- academic, social-emotional, and behavioral -- using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. In his opening remarks this morning at the conference, Superintendent Luna said of RTI, “At its core, it is a systematic, research-based way for teachers, administrators, schools, districts and the state to catch students before they fall behind.”
Last year, the State Department of Education created the Response-to-Intervention Expansion and Enhancement Grants – dedicated funding to help schools implement and expand the RTI model. In 2009, $48,000 in grant funding to six schools and districts was awarded. This year, another six schools and districts will be awarded.
The conference runs through tomorrow and includes presentations and hands-on workshops, sessions for beginning through advanced practitioners, and vendor exhibits and presentations.
For more information on RTI, visit the State Department of Education’s RTI webpage.