RTI National Online Forum:

"Are You Ready for RTI? What Do You Need to Know, and What Do You Need to Do?"

On Monday, June 9, 2008 the RTI Action Network presented the inaugural RTI National Online Forum, "Are You Ready for RTI? What Do You Need to Know, and What Do You Need to Do?"

This was a great opportunity to engage in a dialogue with key national leaders on RTI to arrive at a greater understanding of challenges, opportunities and solutions affecting the implementation of RTI for children and adolescents who struggle to learn.


The Forum archive can now be accessed on your computer. We encourage you to gather your colleagues to share this webinar and then use our follow-up questions for discussion of applications in your partiular setting. All you need is a good Internet connection.


Watch the archived webinar now. (Note: You need Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player to access the complete webinar. If you do not have Internet Explorer, please use the links below.)


If you do not have Internet Explorer, or wish to simply download the video archive and Powerpoint slides, use these links (please contact us if you have any problems or questions):


Funding for the RTI National Online Forum is provided by the Cisco Foundation, the Lee Pesky Learning Center, and the Janet Shafran Memorial Fund.


As educators across the country move toward establishing Response to Intervention (RTI) in their schools and districts, they face many questions about the steps they should take to ensure effective implementation. In this webinar, three nationally recognized implementers with expertise in RTI provide sound guidance on establishing a systemic approach to implementing RTI, with an overview of RTI as a 3-tier system, its essential components, and the supports needed for success.
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Judy Elliott Ph.D., is the Chief of Teaching and Learning in the Portland Public Schools where she oversees preK-12 curriculum, special education, second language learners, gifted programs, and professional development. Formerly an Assistant Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District in CA, Judy has trained thousands of staff, teachers, and administrators in the U.S. and abroad in areas of integrated service delivery systems, leadership, effective use of data, inclusive schooling that include linking assessment to classroom intervention, strategies and tactics for effective instruction, curriculum adaptation, collaborative teaching and behavior management. She is one of the co-authors of the Response to Intervention: Policy Considerations and Implementation (NASDSE, 2004) and Response to Intervention Blueprints (NASDSE, in press).

Ann Casey, Ph.D., is Director of the Minnesota Response to Intervention Center, funded by a Minnesota Legislative grant to the St. Croix River Education District. Her position entails providing professional development and coaching support for implementation of RTI to school personnel in Minnesota. In addition, she is currently co-principal investigator of an OSEP funded project, Demonstrating Progress Monitoring. Ann spent 19 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools where she was a major contributor to the development of the Minneapolis Problem Solving Model, an early form of Response to Intervention.

David Prasse, Ph.D. , is Professor and Dean of the School of Education, Loyola University Chicago. A school psychologist by training, he has participated in the preparation of school psychologists for over 30 years. The author of numerous publications on legal issues in school psychology and special education (and one of the co-authors of the Response to Intervention Blueprints (NASDSE, in press)), David has contributed to special and general education reform initiatives at local, state and national levels. Recently he has contributed to assisting states and districts in the full implementation of Problem Solving service delivery models and using Response to Intervention as the basis for responding to AYP requirements of No Child Left Behind, and for determining special education eligibility.

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Recommended Resources:

Articles and books by our presenters

Response to Intervention: Policy Considerations and Implementation (NASDSE, 2004)

Response to Intervention Blueprints for Implementation: District Level (NASDSE, 2008)

Response to Intervention Blueprints for Implementation: School Building Level (NASDSE, 2008)


Related Reading from

Additional Resources on Response to Intervention

Discussion Questions for RTI National Online Forum “What is RTI?”

  1. This Forum offered a basic foundation on what RIT is. What professional development opportunities are available within your district that could be used for similar training for all staff?
  2. Do you have a school-based team in place already? If so, could it carry out the responsibilities discussed here for RTI implementation? Discuss changes that may be needed to put that in place.
  3. What data are currently collected in your school? What would it take to collect data on individual student performance for review to determine needed interventions?
  4. Discuss your current core academic program and behavior program. Have student outcomes been used to determine if those programs are effective?
  5. How is special education eligibility determined in your school district? Is RTI part of that determination? If not, discuss how that may be integrated into your current system.
  6. Share ideas for the supports from your district office that would help you put RTI into effect in your building. Discuss ways you may request that support.
  7. Reflect on ways that you could involve parents and families in RTI in your building and district.
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