Welcome to the National Center on Intensive Intervention newsletter.  In this newsletter, we will strive to offer you timely, relevant, and helpful information to assist you as you provide support to those students who require intensive intervention.  In every issue, you can look forward to information and resources from the NCII, updates about the work we are doing in states and districts, helpful resources from other centers and organizations, and recent news from the U.S. Department of Education.  We look forward to sharing this information with you and hope you find this newsletter pertinent and informative.

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September 2017 Issue 31


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Stay up to date with the National Center on Intensive Intervention’s (NCII) most recent products and announcements by following us on Twitter @TheNCII and visiting our National Center on Intensive Intervention YouTube Channel. Below are some highlights of new resources from NCII.

Academic Intervention Chart Updated for 2017
Academic Intervention Chart Updated for 2017NCII is pleased to announce the release of the updated Academic Intervention Tools Chart! This chart represents the results of the 2017 annual review of intervention programs by our Technical Review Committee. This review includes the addition of 11 studies reflecting 6 new interventions.  The NCII publishes this tools chart to assist educators and families in becoming informed consumers who can select academic intervention programs that best meet their individual needs.

NCII has also added a new advance filter function that will allow you to easily sort the chart by subject, grade level, price, technical requirements, and more.  Check out the new filters for the Academic Intervention tools here and the Behavior Intervention Tools here.

Ask the Expert: Why do we need to ensure we have multiple parallel or equated forms when measuring student progress?
Ask the Expert: Why might our progress monitoring tools focus on skills that we are not teaching?When measuring academic progress we have to consider many variables other than just sensitivity to student’s improvement. Things like the number of equally weighted parallel or alternate forms that are available play an important role in how frequently the progress monitoring can occur. This is especially important for intensive intervention as we recommend monitoring student’s progress weekly.  Learn more about why it is important to have parallel forms in the recent video from Dr. Branum-Martin and check out ratings for alternate forms on the NCII academic progress monitoring tools charts.

View all the Ask the Expert videos on our website and send us your questions that you would like answered to or tweet us @TheNCII.

Resources From Our Partners

NCSI Releases a New Resource Library & Evidence-Based Practice Learning Module
NCSI’s new searchable resource library makes it easier to search for tools, products, webinars, and presentations related to state systemic improvement plan implementation and evaluation. You can filter by topic areas, content, resource type, and more.  View the new resource library here or find it under the resource tab on the NCSI website. Having problems finding what you need? Use a key word search or reach out to NCSI has also recently released a new tool to help users identify evidence-based practices and navigate the range of websites with searchable databases including NCII’s tools charts. View the self-paced learning module here.

Middle School Matters Features NCII Video in New Lesson Plan Checklist
Ask the Expert: Why might our progress monitoring tools focus on skills that we are not teaching?Middle School Matters (MSM) has developed a checklist that extends the content shared in NCII’s Ask The Expert Video focused on considerations for teaching students with math difficulty. The lesson plan checklist helps teachers consider  the necessary steps including: using systematic and explicit instruction, teaching vocabulary and symbols, and using the concrete-representational-abstract (CRA) framework.  Learn more by exploring other resources that are part of the MSM math toolkit focused on explicit instruction in math.

U.S. Department of Education

The Department of Education Wants to Hear from You!
There is still time to make your voice heard!  The Department of Education has extended their request for comments concerning regulations and policy guidance through the August 11, 2017, Federal Register. Everyone is invited to share thoughts about policies that should be repealed, replaced, or modified. Click here to view all department regulations and the specific Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services regulations and policy documents as well as learn how to submit comments.

Compendium of Education Technology Research Funded by NCER and NCSER: 2002-2014
IES has compiled a list of over 400 research projects that have been funded by the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) between 2002 and 2014 including research aimed at supporting outcomes for students with disabilities.  The compendium is split into three main categories with each providing a review of relevant studies including the relevant grade level(s), target population(s), and technology developed or studied.   The three areas include

  1. Technology to Support Student Learning
  2. Technology to Support Teachers and Instructional Practice
  3. Technology to Support Research and School Improvement

New Date for OSEP Virtual Symposium
The next OSEP Symposium is scheduled for October 10, 2017 from 1:30-3:30 pm ET.  This event, “Conveying Our Stories--Displaying Our Data,” focuses on how states, districts, and Part D-funded investments can develop engaging stories and effectively use data to improve communication strategies used with stakeholders, leadership, and decision makers.  For more information, view the symposium page here.

This is the National Center on Intensive Intervention newsletter. Our mission is to build capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support implementation of intensive intervention in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs.


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