RME and TEA presented a series of webinars on Response to Intervention (RtI) in spring 2015. National experts in applying the principles of RtI in reading, writing, mathematics, behavior and a well-respected administrator who has successfully implemented RtI led the one-hour webinars hosted on SMU campus.
Contact your school administration to apply these webinars towards your annual professional development requirements.
RtI and Administrators — Dr. Yassmin Lee
Dr. Yassmin Lee, principal in Fort Worth ISD, discusses a high school RtI process including needs assessment, action plan, committee selection, and the role of assessments. She also shares various examples of high school RtI scenarios and identifies tools to address targeted needs.
RtI and Reading — Dr. Jeanne Wanzek
In this webinar, Dr. Wanzek provides research-based guidance for planning reading instruction for students with reading difficulties in the elementary grades. She will highlight strategies for pinpointing student needs and offer guidelines for effective delivery of instruction. Dr. Wanzek is an associate professor at Florida State University and a researcher at the Florida Center for Reading Research.
RtI and Mathematics — Dr. Erica Lembke
Dr. Erica Lembke is an associate professor at the University of Missouri and an expert on Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) and screening tools in mathematics administered through the use of hand-held technology. Dr. Lembke discusses topics including screening, progress monitoring, and evidence-based interventions in the area of mathematics. Participants will leave with resources and strategies to access as they implement RtI in mathematics.
RtI and Behavior — Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke
Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Director of Faculty Development for the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. She is an expert in functional analyses of problem behavior, classroom applications of PBIS, and early literacy. Dr. Burke will describe a RtI framework for social behavior and its similarities to RtI approaches for academic content areas. Participants will receive an overview of essential elements of RtI for social behavior, along with corresponding implementation guidelines for teachers and school-based personnel. Emphasis will be placed on Tier 1 behavior supports and their importance as a foundation for other tiers of intervention.
RtI and Writing — Dr. Gary Troia
Dr. Gary Troia is an associate professor of special education at Michigan State University. Prior to receiving his doctorate in 2000 he worked ten years in the public schools as a special educator and speech-language pathologist followed by six years as a university clinical supervisor. Dr. Troia has authored over forty research papers and book chapters and has given numerous presentations about his work in the areas of phonological processing, writing assessment and instruction, and teacher professional development in literacy. He discusses the essential elements of RtI in the areas of writing including: screening, progress monitoring, and evidence-based interventions.