RTI National Online Forum:

"RTI-Based SLD Identification Toolkit"

On December 9, 2014, RTI Action Network presented,"RTI-Based SLD Idenfitication Toolkit."



In this free webinar, the panelists will explore NCLD's new online guide, the RTI-Based Specific Learning Disability Identification Toolkit, to help educators, policymakers, researchers and others gain an understanding of how an Response to Intervention (RTI) process should guide identification. According to NCLD’s executive director, James H. Wendorf, “This toolkit will be of immense help to school teams working with the millions children suspected of having unidentified learning and attention issues each year. Not only does it outline best practices for the special education identification process, but also enables schools to use the identification process itself to gather and use data about the student’s progress to inform and improve instruction and outcomes.”

The toolkit was developed in partnership with the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Click here to access the archived webinar.

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Stevan Kukic is the Director of School Transformation for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), focusing on the needs of students with LD and other learning difficulties. For nearly 13 years, Steve was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Cambium Learning Group, specializing in reaching the tough to teach with proven and practical interventions, technology, services, and consultation. Previously, , Steve served for 11 years as Director for At Risk and Special Education for the Utah State Office of Education, providing leadership for state and federal programs for these children and youth in need. Steve is a Past President of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. For five years prior to his state position, he directed a statewide center for technical assistance related to the education of students with disabilities.

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Candace Cortiella, a disability rights advocate for 20 years, has provided training and advocacy services for families of students with disabilities, worked as a government affairs associate for a leading learning disabilities group, and directed an award winning Web site providing information and resources on learning disabilities. She founded The Advocacy Institute in 2000.

Bill East is the Executive Director for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), a membership organization representing states and federal jurisdictions responsible for implementing the IDEA.  Dr. East provides leadership for the Alexandria, Virginia based organization that focuses on partnerships for assisting states to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. He has worked on special education policy issues for years as Alabama’s state director of special education and in his current role at NASDSE.

Susan Gorin is the Executive Director of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in Bethesda, MD. NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth. Susan provides active volunteer service on other nonprofit boards, including the Children's Institute and the Safe Community Coalition. Prior to her work at NASP, Susan served as Assistant Executive Director for Member and Unit Services and Coordinator of Student Leadership at the Council for Exceptional Children for over 18 years.

Luann Purcell is the Executive Director of the international Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).  She has presented in 43 states and 3 other countries. She has had a variety of experiences throughout her 42 years in public education including experience as a general education teacher at both high school and middle school level, teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, coordinator at a regional educational service center, and assistant superintendent for pupil services for 18 years in a local district with 27,000 students.

James H. Wendorf is Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), which is committed to improving the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities. He leads NCLD’s strategic initiatives to empower parents, enable young adults, transform schools and create policy and advocacy impact.

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