Special Education

New York State Technical Assistance Center: Archived Webinar Series

Below you will find archived webinar strands previously offered by the New York State Technical Assistance Center (NYS RtI TAC) on topics related to the development and implementation of RtI frameworks in schools across the State. These webinars are part of the RtI Personnel Development Project.

All webinars are archived on the NYS RtI TAC website (http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/), and can be accessed for free.  Further information related to the webinars including a description of the overall series, intended audience, presenters and title/content for each webinar is included below. If you have questions regarding these webinars, please contact Jason O’Connell at (518) 486-7462.

  • Webinar: Strand #5: RtI Implementation in Middle School
    • Examining RtI Components in Middle School
    • Assessment Considerations When Implementing RtI in Middle School
    • Scheduling Considerations When Implementing RtI in Middle School
    • Tier 2 Intervention in an RtI Middle School Model
    • Characteristics of Successful RtI Models in Middle School

Archived NYS RtI TAC
 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

The Basics of RtI: RtI Basics; RtI Infrastructure; Planning for RtI

Description:

This strand features three, one and a half hour webinars designed to provide participants with an introduction or overview of the critical features embedded within an RtI framework.  Emphasis will focus on infrastructure issues which need to be addressed within a RtI prevention model.  Discussion regarding how RtI fits within existing school reform initiatives, such as Common Core, will be presented.   Case study examples from NYS’ RtI pilot schools will be used to illustrate and exemplify critical concepts.  Tools to assess schools and districts with RtI implementation will be discussed and provided.

Intended Audience:

The Basics of RtI is intended for school personnel who have introductory level knowledge of RtI and wish to extend their understanding of RtI as a prevention model.  This workshop is also applicable to school personnel who are interested in examining their existing RtI model against critical components that will be highlighted in this webinar series.

Presenters:

Dr. Daryl Mellard, University of Kansas
Dr. Theresa M. Janczak, Project Director, NYS RtI TAC

Webinar Title:

Agenda

RtI Basics

  • Defining RtI as multi-tiered prevention system
  • Rationale
  • Purpose
  • Critical Features
  • RtI and Common Core

RtI Infrastructure

  • Establishing Your RtI Core Team
    • Composition
    • Purpose
    • Functions
    • Meetings
  • RtI Logistics

Planning for RtI

  • Assessing Your School/District’s RtI Implementation Status
  • Where to Begin

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Archived NYS RtI TAC
RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand #2: The Role of Assessment: Purposes of Assessment Within a RtI Framework; Universal Screening Within a RtI Framework; Progress Monitoring Within a RtI Framework; Diagnostic Assessment Within a RtI Framework

Description:

Understanding the role of assessment is key to an efficient and effective RtI model. This strand is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding regarding the purposes and roles of assessment within a RtI framework.  Specific attention will address:  universal screening and progress monitoring, as well as diagnostic assessment.  Key to understanding assessment within a RtI framework is an understanding of the purposes of assessment and how a school’s existing assessment measures can be used to gain understanding of student performance for comparative, progress, and instructional purposes.

Intended Audience:

The Role of Assessment Within a RtI Framework is intended for school personnel who are involved with logistical and administrational arrangements involving universal screening and/or progress monitoring as well as individuals responsible for developing and implementing tiered and supplementary instruction.  

Presenters:

Dr. John Hintze, University of Massachusetts, Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program
Dr. Katherine Dougherty Stahl, New York University, Clinical Associate Professor of Literacy

Webinar Title:

Agenda

Purposes of Assessment Within a RtI Framework

  • Assessment for Screening
  • Assessment to Determine Student Progress
  • Assessment for Instructional Purposes

Universal Screening Within a RtI Framework

  • Purpose
  • Screening Tools
  • Logistical Issues

Progress Monitoring Within a RtI Framework

  • Purpose
  • Progress Monitoring Tools
  • Logistical Issues

Diagnostic Assessment Within a RtI Framework

  • Purpose
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Diagnostic Process.

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Archived NYS RtI TAC
RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 3: Using Your RtI Model to Differentiate and Support the
English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Learning Standards

Description:

This webinar series is designed to help school personnel understand how systems of RtI can support the teaching and learning of Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) in literacy.  The webinars will present practical approaches for creating a seamless integration of RtI and CCLS.  Attention will be devoted to helping classroom teachers and reading specialists work collaboratively to meet the needs of children who require something extra in order to achieve the expectations established by the CCLS for ELA.

Intended Audience:

Using Your RtI Model to Differentiate and Support the ELA CCLS  is intended for school personnel who are directly responsible for implementing and/or supporting core instruction and supplementary intervention within an RtI model.  

Presenters:

Dr. Katherine Dougherty Stahl, New York University, Clinical Associate Professor of Literacy

Webinar Title:

Agenda

Operationalizing the Six Shifts of CCLS Within an RtI Framework

  • Relationship between RtI and ELA CCLS
  • Six Shifts of ELA CCLS
  • Self-Inventory

Complex Text: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Tier 1

  • Instructional Components for a Healthy Text Complexity Diet
  • Text-Based Q & A
  • Academic Vocabulary

Differentiation in the Tier 1 Setting

  • Instructional Components in Tier 1
  • Holistic Differentiation Approaches
  • Complexity Bands

Tiered Interventions and CCLS

  • Instructional Focus – Tier 2 and 3
  • Determining Groups
  • Assessing for Tier 3

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Archived NYS RtI TAC
RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 4: Recognition and Response: RtI Goes to Pre-K

Description:

Recognition and Response (R & R) is a tiered model for providing high quality instruction and targeted interventions that are matched to the learning needs of 3-5 year-olds.  The idea behind R & R is that early education should provide core strategies, and sometimes intensive supports to help young children learn, and the decisions about instructional supports are based on children’s level and rate of progress.  This webinar strand will focus on practical issues related to implementing R & R in early childhood classrooms.  Webinars are organized around 3 components of R & R: (1) the recognition component consisting of universal screening and progress monitoring; (2) the response component consisting of an effective core curriculum, intentional teaching, and specific interventions ordered from least to most intensive; and (3) the collaborative process-solving process to support sound decision-making.

Intended Audience:

Recognition and Response: RtI Goes to Pre-K is intended for teachers, administrators, and support staff who provide instruction and support to young children at the Pre-K level.

Presenters:

Dr. Virginia Buysse and Dr. Ellen Peisner-Feinberg, Senior Scientists at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Webinar Title:

Agenda

Overview of Recognition and Response Model

  • Defining R & R
  • Components of the R & R model
  • Empirical basis of R & R

The Function of Assessment Within a Recognition and Response Model

  • Universal Screening
  • Progress Monitoring

Tier 1 Intervention Within an R & R Model

  • Comprehensive Core Curriculum
  • Dialogic Reading

Tier 2 and Tiered Intervention Within an R & R Model

  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Intervention Planning

Planning for Interventions

  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Intervention Planning

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Archived NYS RtI TAC
2014 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 5: RtI Implementation in Middle School

Description:

Response to Intervention is defined as a school-wide prevention framework that integrates assessment and intervention to improve student outcomes. While much of RtI research and attention has focused on elementary models, RtI implementation at the middle school level is gaining momentum and increased attention. RtI Implementation in Middle School is a five-part webinar series designed to provide RtI middle school teams with information and resources needed to effectively implement a multi-level prevention model in their school. Attention will be devoted to examining various RtI models at the middle school level with respect to scheduling for supplemental intervention, screening, and progress monitoring.

Intended Audience:

RtI Implementation in Middle School is intended for middle school personnel who are involved with implementing an RtI model in their respective schools.

Presenters:

Dr. Evelyn Johnson, Professor, Department of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies at Boise State University and Director of Lee Pesky Learning Center 

Webinar Title:

Agenda

Examining RtI Components at the Middle School

  • RtI Overview
  • Differentiating RtI Middle School Implementation from Elementary Models
  • Research on RtI at Middle School

Assessment Considerations When Implementing RtI in Middle School

  • Early Warning Signs Data
  • Screening Measures
  • Progress Monitoring Measures
  • Assessment Logistics

Scheduling Considerations When Implementing RtI in Middle School

  • Scheduling Options and Models

Tier 2 Intervention in an RtI Middle School Model

  • Focus
  • Instructional Organization
  • Common Core Considerations

Characteristics of Successful RtI Models in Middle School

  • Outcomes and Markers of Success

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Archived NYS RtI TAC
2014 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 6: Understanding RtI in Mathematics

Description:

Understanding RtI in Mathematics is a 4-part webinar series that begins with an overview of research pertaining to RtI and mathematics and elements of an effective core program in math.  Succeeding sessions examine the role of screening and progress monitoring in RtI math and instructional practices for intervention.

Intended Audience:

Understanding RtI in Mathematics is intended for school personnel who are directly responsible for implementing and/or supporting core math instruction and supplementary intervention within an RtI model.

Presenters:

Dr. Russell Gersten, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Instructional Research Group, Los Alamitos, California, and Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.  Dr. Gersten served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, a Presidential committee to develop research-based policy in mathematics for American schools, and chaired the panel that developed A Practice Guide on Response to Intervention in Mathematics for the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Webinar Title:

Agenda

RtI and Math

  • Key Principles of RtI and Mathematics
  • Effective Core Instruction in Mathematics

Universal Screening

  • Profile of a Struggling Math Student
  • Screening
    • Tools and Measures
    • Frequency
    • Using Screening Data to Determine Who’s At-Risk
  • Roadblocks and Suggestions

Effective Instructional Practices in Mathematics for Tier 2 and Tier 3 Instruction

  • What to Teach
  • Nature of Instruction: Controversies and What We Know About the Nature of Explicit Instruction
  • Intervention Materials/Resources
  • Roadblocks and Suggestions

Progress Monitoring and Its Use in Intensive Intervention

  • Progress Monitoring Tools
  • Measures
  • Frequency
  • Using PM Data to Determine Response

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Archived NYS RtI TAC
2014 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 7: Data-Based Decision Making in an RtI Process

Description:

Data-based decision making is central to a highly functional RtI process and occurs at every level of tiered instruction and intervention.  Data based decision making involves the use of student performance data from universal screening and progress monitoring measures to: (1) identify students who may be at-risk for academic failure and, (2) determine individual student response to supplemental intervention.  This webinar strand will highlight data team meeting protocol and logistical considerations that support effective and efficient RtI data team meetings. It will also provide a discussion and examples involving the use of RtI data to determine at-risk status and a student’s response to supplemental intervention.

Intended Audience:

Data based Decision Making in an RtI Process is intended for members of an RtI data team who are responsible for analyzing universal screening and progress monitoring data for the purposes of identifying students who may need supplemental intervention and for determining individual student response to additional instruction.

Presenters:

Dr. Edward S. Shapiro, Ph.D., currently is Professor of School Psychology and Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice in the College of Education at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Webinar Title:

Agenda

Data Team Meeting Protocol

  • Membership and Function
  • Basics of Data Team Meetings
  • Following the Script

Data Based Decision Making and Universal Screening Data

  • Key Decisions When Analyzing Universal Screening Data
  • Goal Setting with Benchmark Data
  • Procedures for Determining Goals
    • Fall Benchmark Data
    • Winter Benchmark Data

Data Based Decision Making and Progress Monitoring

  • Key Decisions When Analyzing Progress Monitoring Data
  • Rate of Improvement (ROI): What It Is and How to Calculate It
  • Using ROI to Determine Student Response

Data-Based Decision: Making It Work in Your School

  • Practical Suggestions for Using Data Based Decision Making in Your School
  • Q & A with Participants

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NYS RtI TAC
2015 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 8: DIFFERENTIATING CORE INSTRUCTION WITHIN AN RTI FRAMEWORK

Description:

Differentiating Core Instruction Within an RtI Framework  is a 3-part webinar series that focuses on differentiated instruction within an RtI framework.  It begins with a discussion of differentiated instruction as a teaching and learning process designed to address the diverse abilities of students in the same classroom.    Succeeding sessions will discuss how classroom teachers can differentiate core instruction to accommodate the instructional needs of all students.

Intended Audience:

Differentiating Core Instruction Within an RtI Framework  is intended for teachers, support staff, principals, and anyone interested in learning more about differentiated instruction as it relates to core instruction in an RtI model. 

Presenters:

Dr. Jeanne Wanzek is an associate professor at The Florida State University and on the research faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research.  She is a former special educator and elementary teacher who conducts research examining effective reading instruction and intervention.  She is the author of more than 40 publications and numerous national and international presentations in the areas of early reading, learning disabilities, and adolescent reading intervention. 

Webinar Title:

Agenda

The What and Why of Differentiation

  • Defining Differentiated Instruction
  • Rationale for Differentiation
  • Features of Differentiation

The How of Differentiation – Part 1

  • Differentiating Content Across Reading Components
  • Fostering Independence

The How of Differentiation – Part
2

  • Differentiating Delivery of Instruction
  • Managing a Differentiated Classroom

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NYS RtI TAC
2015 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 9: USING PEER-ASSISTED LEARNING STRATEGIES (PALS) AS A CLASS-WIDE INTERVENTION IN GRADES 2-6

Description:

Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) is a research-validated, supplemental, Tier 1 reading program designed for students in grades 2-6 who have basic phonic skills but would benefit from additional fluency and comprehension support. Note: PALS 2-6 is not designed to use in place of core reading instruction. It is especially useful as a supplement to core instruction when class-wide data from universal screening indicates that a significant number (30% or more) fail to reach acceptable benchmark levels. It has also been used as a Tier 2 intervention. Strand #10 will provide an overview of PALS 2-6 and its key components to allow teachers to implement PALS 2-6 in their own classrooms. Webinar sessions are offered every other week to allow participants the opportunity to implement a specific PALS strategy and receive feedback from the presenter.

Intended Audience:

Intended for general education teachers in Grades 2-6 whose class-wide data suggests the need for additional fluency and comprehension instruction/support for the majority of students in their classroom and interventionists and/or special education teachers who provide supplemental instruction to students considered at-risk of reading failure.

Presenters:

Dr. Kristen McMaster, Professor of Special Education at the University of Minnesota. Dr. McMaster received her PhD in special education from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include assessment and intervention for children who struggle with reading and written expression.

Webinar Title:

Agenda

PALS Overview + Implementation
Issues

  • Overview/Research Base
  • Benefits/Key Components/Activities
  • Pairing Students/Seating Arrangement
  • Scheduling/Training & Monitoring Students
  • Material Preparation/Reading Material Selection

Partner Reading with Retell

  • What Is Partner Reading with Retell?
  • Procedures & Materials
  • Try It In Your Classroom!

Paragraph Shrinking

  • Partner Reading Q & A
  • What is Paragraph Shrinking?
  • Procedures and Materials
  • Try It In Your Classroom!

Prediction Relay

  • Paragraph Shrinking Q & A
  • What Is Prediction Relay?
  • Procedures and Materials
  • Try It In Your Classroom!

Booster Session

  • PALS 2-6 Review
  • Q & A / Problem Solving

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NYS RtI TAC
2015 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 11: CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN AN RTI MODEL

Description:

The purpose of this webinar strand is to discuss the learning and assessment context for English Language Learners relative to a cultural and linguistic prevention model commonly known as Response to Intervention or RtI. The potential benefits of RtI for ELLs will be presented along with the social, linguistic, and cultural factors all educators need to consider when creating a culturally responsive RtI framework. The webinar will provide information regarding the characteristics of effective core instruction and supplemental interventions for students who are learning English as a second language as well as assessment considerations for this population of learners.

Intended Audience:

Intended for general education teachers, interventionists, support staff, administrators, and special educators who provide core instruction or supplemental intervention within the context of a Response to Intervention Model to ELLs.

Presenters:

Dr. Sylvia Linan-Thompson, is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include examining appropriate instructional and assessment practices for English Language Learners particularly those related to the acquisition of reading skills and the implementation of RtI.

Webinar Title:

Agenda

Culturally Responsive RtI

  • What It Is / What It Isn’t
  • Benefits and Challenges of RtI
  • Creating the Context for Culturally Responsive RtI – examining student, classroom/school, home/community factors

Culturally Responsive Assessment for ELLs in an RtI Model

  • Purposes of Assessment
  • Universal Screening
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Other Measures

Culturally Responsive Instruction Across the Tiers

  • Instructional Considerations for ELLs at Tiers 1, 2, and 3
  • Characteristics of Effective Interventions for ELLs

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NYS RtI TAC
2015 RtI WEBINAR SERIES
http://www.nysrti.org/page/past-webinars/

Strand 12: IMPLEMENTING COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIC READING IN GRADES 4-12

Description:

Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) is a research-validated instructional model designed to improve reading comprehension and content learning in general education and intervention settings in grades 4-12. Participants will learn to teach the core components of CSR (before, during, and after reading strategies); facilitate student-led text-based discussions; use CSR to support students with diverse learning needs including English learners in heterogeneous classrooms; and plan for successful integration of CSR into existing structures. Webinar sessions are offered every other week to allow participants the opportunity to implement specific CSR strategies and receive feedback from the presenter. Materials needed to implement CSR are provided.

Intended Audience:

Intended for general education teachers in Grades 4-12 in language arts, social studies and science who teach in heterogeneous classrooms that include students with a range of learning and language needs and specialists who teach reading comprehension and language development.

Presenters:

Dr. Alison Boardman is an assistant research professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder where she teaches courses on differentiating instruction and conducts research to improve students’ reading comprehension and English language proficiency in general education settings.

Webinar Title:

Agenda

CSR Overview and Preview

  • Overview/Research Base
  • Benefits/Key Components/Activities
  • Role of Student Collaboration and Discussion
  • What & Why of the CSR Preview Strategy
  • Try It In Your Classroom!

Click and Clunk

  • CSR Preview Q & A
  • What & Why of Click and Clunk
  • Try It In Your Classroom!

Get the Gist

  • Click & Clunk Q & A
  • What & Why of Get the Gist
  • Try It In Your Classroom!

Wrap Up

  • Get the Gist Q & A
  • What & Why of Student Question Generation
  • What & Why of CSR Review
  • Try It In Your Classroom!

Putting It All Together

  • Wrap Up Q & A
  • Facilitating High Quality Strategy Use and Discussion
  • Resources for Fine Tuning CSR Implementation

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Last Updated: December 8, 2015