Response to Intervention
National Response to Intervention (RtI) Conference
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.
Opening and Purpose
Ludy van Broekhuizen, Director, REL-Southeast at SERVE Center
An Overview: Response to Intervention—Prevention and Identification
Russell Gersten, Director, Instructional Resource Group
View a video of Dr. Gersten's presentation.
Session 2 - RtI in the States
Leading for Learning
Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education, and Former Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (ED)
State Policies and Procedures and Selected Local Implementation Practices in RtI in the Six Southeast Region States
Richard Sawyer, AED/REL-Southeast,
RtI The Mississippi Experience
Kris Kaase, Deputy State Superintendent, Mississippi State Department of Education
Describing and Documenting the Status of State-Level RtI Policies in Nine States
Tom Parrish, American Institutes for Research/REL-West,
RtI The Possibilities and Questions
Rollanda O’Connor, Professor, School of Education, University of California-Riverside
National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)
Lynn Okagaki, Commissioner, National Center for Education Research and Acting Commissioner, National Center for Special Education Research, IES
RTI: The Possibilities and Quetions
Rollanda O'Connor, Professor, School of Education, University of California-Riverside
Session 3 - Concurrent Sessions on RtI Intervention Research
Early Reading Interventions
Carol Connor, Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University
Tim Lewis, University of Missouri, OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
English Language Learner Interventions
Cara Richards, California State University, Long Beach,
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
Assisting Students Struggling With Reading: RtI and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
Russell Gersten, Instructional Research Group
Read the IES Practice Guide.
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
Impact Evaluation of RtI Strategies
Fred Doolittle, Principal Investigator, MDRC
Session 6 - How Are Progress Monitoring Data Used in the Evaluation of RtI Models?
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?
Joseph C. Witt, Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University and Senior Scientist
Additional Reading List
Session 8 - The Need to Strengthen the Use of Research in RtI Practice
Support for Process of Selecting Interventions: Report From Georgia
John Wight, Georgia Department of Education,
Using Research to Strengthen RtI
Kim Anderson, REL-Southeast