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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Invited Tutorial #13
Tutorial: Response to Intervention (RtI): Diagnosing the Learning Enabled
Saturday, May 24, 2008
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
Grand Ballroom
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Cathy L. Watkins (California State University, Stanislaus)
Presenting Authors: : W. DAVID TILLY III (Heartland Area Education Agency 11)

We live in a time of unprecedented change in education. General education has been overtaken by NCLB, accountability seems to be everywhere, and we now have IDEIA 04 with a series of new provisions. What does it all mean? The answer is: It depends on what we make of it. Most of the opportunities we now find ourselves with are the culmination of a 30-year history of evolution in education. Being proactive in our response to this evolution is critical to schools and students meeting the increasing demands. For us to be successful, our past cannot be our future. This presentation will examine the foundations undergirding the movement toward Response To Intervention systems in our schools. A rationale for evolving structures in our schools will be set forth and a picture of possible futures will be painted with logic, case studies, systems data and a little self-deprecating humour. Specific topics addressed will include a different and smarter system structure for service provision to all students (3-Tiered Model), Response to Intervention (RTI) provisions in IDEIA 04 and the newly released Federal Regulations, Response to Intervention on the Ground (what does it look like in schools?)

Instruction Level: Basic
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Learning Objectives: N/a
W. DAVID TILLY III (Heartland Area Education Agency 11)
Dr. W. David Tilly III 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.



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