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2008 Education Conference

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Invited Paper Session #8
CE Offered: PSY
Nailing the Educational Pendulum to the Wall
Saturday, September 6, 2008
3:00 PM–3:45 PM
Grand Ballroom B
Area: EDC; Domain: Synthesis
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: W. David Tilly III, Ph.D.
W. DAVID TILLY III (Heartland Area Education Agency)
Dr. W. David Tilly currently serves as Director of Innovation and Accountability for Heartland AEA 11. Heartland serves 55 public school districts and 36 accredited nonpublic schools in central Iowa. Prior to joining Heartland AEA, Dr. Tilly was a consultant for assessment, research, and innovation at the Iowa Department of Education. In that role, he worked statewide to implement changes in the educational system throughout Iowa. Of particular note has been his work with Iowa’s Renewed Service Delivery System (RSDS). RSDS foundationally changed the way that special education is conceptualized and delivered in Iowa. RSDS practices and procedures are the same ones being advocated nationally as components of a Response to Intervention (RTI) approach to services. David is a school psychologist by training. He has worked as a practicing psychologist, a university trainer at Iowa State University, a state department of education consultant, and an administrator. He works regularly with states, school districts, federal offices and national organizations on improving educational results for all children. He is also the author or coauthor of 31 published journal articles, book chapters or books. Dr. Tilly is the 2005 Recipient of the Martha Fields Award of Excellence from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
Abstract: We’ve all experienced it: innovation, after strategy, after “bright idea,” all well meaning and all well intended. The problem is, most of ‘em don’t stick and next year we’re back on the bandwagon with the next “new thing.” Response to Intervention (RTI), however, is different. RTI will be presented as a framework for implementing and supporting evidence-based practices, and it will illustrate how one large educational agency “pinned the pendulum to the wall around RTI.” That is, once RTI was adopted, practices were institutionalized across the system in ways that support continued implementation and extension. Illustrations will be provided from the presenter’s experience implementing at the local, intermediate unit, state department and University levels. Good measure will be provided from the school of hard knocks.
Target Audience:

Licensed Psychologists

Learning Objectives: N/a



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