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National Response to Intervention ( RtI ) Conference
Session Materials

The Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast at SERVE Center held a national conference on Using Research to Strengthen Response to Intervention (RtI) Decision Making and Implementation in Washington, D.C. on March 12-13 at the Academy for Educational Development Conference Center. Researchers and state and local leaders involved in RtI initiatives reviewed research, discussed state initiatives, addressed the use of research in the selection of interventions, and explored issues of implementation monitoring and fidelity.

Presentations from the conference are now available below. Click on the session description or the title of the publication; this will take you to a webpage that contains the session material provided by the presenter or the publication.

Opening and Purpose
Ludy van Broekhuizen, Director, REL-Southeast at SERVE Center

Session 1

An Overview: Response to Intervention—Prevention and Identification
Russell Gersten,
Director, Instructional Resource Group
View Dr. Gersten Presentation

Session 2
RtI in the States

Leading for Learning
Alexa Posny,
Kansas Commissioner of Education, and Former Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (ED)

State Policies and Procedures and Selected Local Implementation Practices in RtI in the Six Southeast Region States
Richard Sawyer, AED/REL-Southeast,

RtI The Mississippi Experience
Kris Kaase,
Deputy State Superintendent, Mississippi State Department of Education

Describing and Documenting the Status of State-Level RtI Policies in Nine States
Tom Parrish, American Institutes for Research/REL-West,

Lunchon Speakers
National Center for Special Education Research NCSER

Lynn Okagaki, Commissioner, National Center for Education Research and Acting Commissioner, National Center for Special Education Research, IES

RtI The Possibilities and Questions.
Rollanda O’Connor, Professor, School of Education, University of California-Riverside

Session 3
Concurrent Sessions on RtI Intervention Research

Early Reading Interventions
Carol Connor, Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University

Behavioral Interventions
Tim Lewis, University of Missouri, OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

English Language Learner Interventions
Cara Richards, California State University, Long Beach,

Secondary-Level Interventions
Michael Hock, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

Session 4
The What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide and an Ongoing Randomized Controlled Trial in the Southwest

Assisting Students Struggling With Reading: RtI and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
Russell Gersten, Instructional Research Group, (

The Evaluation of a First Grade Mathematics Tutoring Program Suitable for Response Interventions Models
Eric Rolfhus,

Session 5
NCEE-Funded Evaluations of RtI

Impact Evaluation of RtI Strategies
Jon Jacobson, NCEE, IES
Fred Doolittle, Principal Investigator, MDRC

Session 6
How Are Progress Monitoring Data Used in the Evaluation of RtI Models?

How Are Progress Monitoring Data Used in the Evaluation of RtI Models?
Edward Shapiro
, Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice, Professor, School Psychology Program, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Robert Miller, Principal, Rutherford Elementary School, Central Dauphin School District, Harrisburg, PA

Joy Eichelberger, RtI Statewide Lead and Pennsylvania Training Technical Assistance Network, Harrisburg, PA

Session 7
What Do We Know About Assessing and Improving Intervention Fidelity?

iSTEEP Learning
Joseph C. Witt, Professor Emeritus,iLouisiana State University and Senior Scientist
Additional Reading

Session 8
The Need to Strengthen the Use of Research in RtI Practice

Support for Process of Selecting Interventions: Report From Georgia
John Wight, Georgia Department of Education,

Using Research to Strenghten RtI
Kim Anderson, REL-Southeast


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