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National Response to Intervention (RtI) Conference
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The Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast at SERVE Center held a national conference on Using Research to Strengthen Response to Intervention (RtI) Decision Making and Implementation in Washington, D.C. on March 12-13 at the Academy for Educational Development Conference Center. Researchers and state and local leaders involved in RtI initiatives reviewed research, discussed state initiatives, addressed the use of research in the selection of interventions, and explored issues of implementation monitoring and fidelity.

Presentations from the conference are now available below. Click on the session description or the title of the publication; this will take you to a webpage that contains the session material provided by the presenter or the publication.

presentation Opening and Purpose
Ludy van Broekhuizen, Director, REL-Southeast at SERVE Center

Session 1

presentation An Overview: Response to Intervention—Prevention and Identification
Russell Gersten, Director, Instructional Resource Group
video View a video of Dr. Gersten's presentation.

Session 2 - RtI in the States

presentation Leading for Learning
Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education, and Former Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (ED)

pdf State Policies and Procedures and Selected Local Implementation Practices in RtI in the Six Southeast Region States
Richard Sawyer,

presentation RtI The Mississippi Experience
Kris Kaase, Deputy State Superintendent, Mississippi State Department of Education

presentation Describing and Documenting the Status of State-Level RtI Policies in Nine States
Tom Parrish, American Institutes for Research/REL-West,

presentation RtI The Possibilities and Questions
Rollanda O’Connor, Professor, School of Education, University of California-Riverside

Luncheon Speakers

National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) 

website Lynn Okagaki, Commissioner, National Center for Education Research and Acting Commissioner, National Center for Special Education Research, IES 
presentation RTI: The Possibilities and Quetions
Rollanda O'Connor, Professor, School of Education, University of California-Riverside

Session 3 - Concurrent Sessions on RtI Intervention Research

presentation Early Reading Interventions
Carol Connor, Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University

presentation Behavioral Interventions
Tim Lewis, University of Missouri, OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

presentation English Language Learner Interventions
Cara Richards, California State University, Long Beach,

presentation Secondary-Level Interventions
Michael Hock, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

Session 4 -
The What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide and an Ongoing Randomized Controlled Trial in the Southwest

presentation Assisting Students Struggling With Reading: RtI and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
Russell Gersten, Instructional Research Group


 Read the IES Practice Guide.

presentation Randomized Evaluation of Tier 2 Mathematics Interventions for Multi-Tiered Early Intervention Models in Grades K-1
Eric Rolfhus, REL-Southwest

Session 5 - NCEE-Funded Evaluations of RtI

website Impact Evaluation of RtI Strategies
Fred Doolittle, Principal Investigator, MDRC

Session 6 - How Are Progress Monitoring Data Used in the Evaluation of RtI Models?

presentation How Are Progress Monitoring Data Used in the Evaluation of RtI Models?
Edward Shapiro
, Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice, Professor, School Psychology Program, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Robert Miller, Principal, Rutherford Elementary School, Central Dauphin School District, Harrisburg, PA

Joy Eichelberger, RtI Statewide Lead & PA Training Technical Assistance Network, Harrisburg, PA

Session 7 - What Do We Know About Assessing and Improving Intervention Fidelity?

presentation iSTEEP Learning
Joseph C. Witt, Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University and Senior Scientist
pdf Additional Reading List

Session 8 - The Need to Strengthen the Use of Research in RtI Practice

presentation Support for Process of Selecting Interventions: Report From Georgia
John Wight, Georgia Department of Education,

presentation Using Research to Strengthen RtI
Kim Anderson, REL-Southeast

An Overview: Response to Intervention-Prevention and Identification
Dr. Russell Gersten, Director, Instructional Resource Group

Video View more video from the National Response to Intervention (RtI) Conference

Issues & Answers #63State Policies and Procedures and Selected Local Implementation Practices in Response to Intervention in the Six Southeast Region States 

This report describes how six state education agencies and three local education agencies in the Southeast Region are adopting and implementing Response to Intervention-an education approach designed to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for struggling learners.

pdf Read the full report.