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Subject: Presentations from Response to Intervention (RtI) Summit

Source: Thea Scott, Director of Three-Tiered Model Coordination

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Administrators, Teacher Leaders

Date: August 21, 2009

The Southwest Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) hosted a statewide Response to Intervention (RtI) Summit in Springfield, Missouri on June 15-16, 2009.  The planning for this summit was a collaborative effort among the Southwest RPDC, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Divisions of Special Education, School Improvement, and Career Education), the North Central Regional Resource Center (NCRRC), the National Center on Response to Intervention, The Midwest Equity Assistance Center, and the Mid-Continent Comprehensive Center (MC3).

During this summit, three-tiered models of intervention were promoted.

Three-tiered models of intervention provide a framework or structure to assist districts in addressing the needs of all students.  Whether you are talking about Positive Behavior Supports, Professional Learning Communities, High Schools that Work, or Response to Intervention, all of these models promote meaningful transformation that only comes about through systems change.  All of these models employ the use of evidenced-based practices which have been shown by research to decrease disciplinary incidents, increase instructional time, increase teacher satisfaction/retention, and ultimately improve student achievement.  It is for this reason that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wholeheartedly supports the use of three-tiered models for use by districts to positively affect student achievement.  To illustrate how the DESE has supported district use and implementation of three-tiered models of intervention over the past three years, please refer to http://dese.mo.gov/3tieredmodels/3tmact.docx.

Presentations at this summit were given by Dr. Daryl Mellard, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas, and Co-Principal Investigator for the National Center on Response to Intervention, and Dr. Tim Lewis, Co-Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Center for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Professor at the University of Missouri.  Dr. Mellard's presentation focused on the national perspective about what RtI is and is not and its alignment with other initiatives.  The presentation by Dr. Lewis emphasized the importance of using data to support three-tiered models of intervention.

These presentations are now available for viewing at http://dese.mo.gov/3tieredmodels/rti/webinars_presentations.html.