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RtI in Math for Elementary and Middle Schools

Posted on May 05, 2013

IES PRACTICE GUIDE WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools Introduction Students struggling with mathematics may benefit from early interventions aimed at improving their mathematics ability and ultimately preventing subsequent failure. This guide provides eight specific recommendations intended to help teachers, principals, and school administrators use Response to Intervention (RtI) t

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The Utah Transition Action Team: Dedicated to Successful Transition

Posted on March 03, 2013

Transition from school to adulthood is fraught with challenges for young adults with disabilities. Unemployment and underemployment are high. Involvement in postsecondary education is low. Independent living is often unlikely. The myriad of adult services and requirements for eligibility are bewildering to young adults, parents, and families. The movement from entitlement to competition for services is difficult for all involved. To address these challenges, educational and adult service

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PMfocus.org – Progress Monitoring Focus is Live and Working

Posted on October 10, 2012

Utah Personnel Development Center is pleased to announce that the much awaited PMfocus tool has been released to teachers in the state of Utah.  Visit: http://PMfocus.org to Sign up and Sign in.  To Learn more, check out the article we published last month about PMfocus in the Essential Educator. Progress Monitoring Focus is a new web-based application that allows the user to track student progress on any academic or behavior skill as defined by the user. A student’s response to ins

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Key Studies: RtI for Mathematics

Posted on March 03, 2012

A Summary of Nine Key Studies: Multi-Tier Intervention and Response to Interventions For Students Struggling in Mathematics What is Response to Intervention? What is a multi-tiered intervention system? Fuchs, Fuchs, & Vaughn (2008) provide a working definition of Response to Intervention (RTI) and the multi-tiered system of instruction in critical areas such as reading and mathematics: “The context for preventing academic difficulty in the schools has changed over the past 5

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All Students Will Achieve Success in Mathematics

Posted on March 03, 2012

Mapping the Utah Math Common Core Granite School District is going through some big changes in the area of mathematics. Not only has our district adopted the Common Core State Standards for Math (CCSSM), we are also adopting one math curriculum district-wide for all students beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. With all of these changes in our district comes a tremendous opportunity for general education and special education teachers to work together to help all students achieve in ma

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[UPDC Original] Do You Want To Be A Genius or A Genius Maker?

Posted on February 02, 2012

According to Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter  (Wiseman and McKeown, 2010), some leaders create intelligence around them, while others diminish it. Reflect on the following scenarios: The New Teacher Project (2009) reports: Having a series of good teachers can multiply the impact. "Give high-need students three highly effective teachers in a row and they may outperform students taught by three ineffective teachers in a row by as much as 50 percentile points" (Weisberg,

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I.M (in) Focus: Progress-Monitoring Teachers

Posted on February 02, 2012

Over the last several years there has been greater teacher accountability for student outcomes. Gone are the days when teachers could close the door and teach whatever they wanted to teach. While such an approach can be enticing as we can focus on those things that are most interesting to us, or about which we have the greatest knowledge, it does little to ensure students are taught what they need to know or that ALL students are provided a high-quality education. That assurance of student lea

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RtI Corner: A District Wide Initiative to Improve Phonemic Awareness of Kindergarteners

Posted on November 11, 2011

As a result of reviewing screening data, the Canyons School District kindergarten team became concerned with their benchmark screening data. While kindergarteners need to learn a variety of things in preparation for becoming socially and academically prepared for first grade, proficiency in phonemic awareness has been identified by multiple research studies as a key component for later success in developing reading skills (NRP, 2000). The district kindergarten data team was concerned that di

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Assessment Practices in a Response to Intervention Model

Posted on November 11, 2011

Schools around the country are implementing the principles of a Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model. Regardless of the names of the programs or specific practices being implemented, the principles of RTI are evidence-based practices that, when implemented with fidelity have a positive impact on student outcomes. One of the key questions that needs to be addressed in implementation of RTI is appropriate assessment practices. Appropriate assessment

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Why Lesson Study?

Posted on November 11, 2011

With all the many promising professional development models to consider, some people have asked, why lesson study? What makes lesson study so different from other forms of professional development? How does lesson study fit in with educational improvement? This paper examines these questions by discussing ways in which lesson study might address specific needs within our educational system, including the need for meaningful teacher collaboration, shared expectations for students, equitable a

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