|RTI conference draws overflow crowd|
More than four hundred educators flooded the Valley River Inn in Eugene for the ODE/COSA Response to Intervention (RTI) conference last Friday. The sessions were jam-packed with both people and essential information for districts implementing RTI.
Jennifer Doolittle, an education specialist at the Oregon Department of Education, reminded attendees that "RTI is the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals and applying child response data to implement educational decisions." Doolittle was instrumental in designing the content for the day and recruiting an array of knowlegeable presenters.
Dr. Beth Harn, a professor at the University of Oregon, presented an overview session to help participants understand the core components of RTI and the system requirements of an RTI approach. Other morning sessions included ideas for screening and monitoring, selecting and evaluating the core and supplementary reading curricula, supervision and eligibility in the RTI system (a session that will be repeated).
After lunch, participants chose from sessions such as a problem solving model for high school, RTI for math, RTI and meeting the needs of English Language Learners, coordinating the instructional supports and the school-wide Reading First Model. District teams (Reynolds School District wins the award for bringing the largest team) spent the last hour working on their action plans.
There will be additional information on RTI at the Special Education Pre Conference June 21 and again at the Fall ODE/COSA Conference in October. If your district is implementing RTI and you have specific training needs, please email Sue Roessler.
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