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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March 2017 Issue 28


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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 and announcements from NCII.

NCII’s National Call: Apply Now!
Are you looking to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for students with disabilities and others with severe and persistent needs? NCII is looking to partner with states and their networks to build capacity to implement intensive intervention and improve outcomes for struggling students. Interested in learning more or applying to partner with NCII? Join us for one of two informational webinars that will be held March 17, 2017 at 2pm ET and April 3, 2017 at 3pm ET and review the national call materials on the NCII website. 

Learn from Implementation Sites: What Have We Learned from NCII’s First Five Years?
From 2011 to 2016, NCII worked with 26 schools in 12 local education agencies to implement intensive intervention through the data-based individualization (DBI) process. Through this work, NCII and school sites learned some important lessons. For example, support from leadership is essential for successful implementation of DBI and starting small and moving forward one step at a time helped to facilitate success. Click here to view all the lessons and find suggestions for getting started with DBI implementation.

New Math Videos: Basic Facts
NCII has released 12 new math videos focused on basic facts. Teachers can use these techniques to illustrate:

New Early Literacy Tools

Activities to Support Struggling Readers: 15 New Reading Sample Lessons & Activities Now Available
NCII has developed a series of sample lessons designed to walk teachers through activities that encourage modeling, error correction, additional practice and fluency building. Here are some of the newly released activities to get you started:  New Early Literacy Tools

Click here to view all the activities and supplemental resources.

Don’t Miss NCII at CEC
NCII staff will be presenting a number of sessions at CEC 2017 Special Education Convention and Expo April 19-22. Join one of our sessions on April 21 to learn about:  

  • Implementing intensive intervention: Lessons Learned From Five Years of Technical Assistance presented by Allison Gandhi, Laura Kuchle, Doug Fuchs, Chris Lemons, and Leslie Anderson.
  • Implementing with the End in Mind: Outcomes-Oriented State and Local Partnerships presented by Teri Marx, Emily Klein, Kathy Tancrelle, and Steve Goodman.

To register for CEC and learn more click here.

Ask the Expert
Check out the newest video in our Ask the Expert Video series. In this video, Cathy Kea a Professor of Special Education from North Carolina A&T University discusses how we can better serve our racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students who are struggling with persistent learning and behavior problems. View the video to learn more and see past Ask the Expert videos.

Resources From Our Partners

New National Center on Improving Literacy
The National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) is a partnership among literacy experts, researchers, and technical assistance providers at the University of Oregon, Florida State University, and RMC Research funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in partnership with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The goal of NCIL is to improve access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and treat students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. Learn more about NCIL on their website,, follow them on Twitter and Facebook, and/or subscribe to their newsletter.

CPIR Stakeholders' Guide to ESSA
The Center for Parent Information and Resources developed a stakeholder guide to help explain key aspects of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The guide’s goal is to help people get involved in implementation of ESSA.  Key topics include implementation timelines, state plans, and stakeholder engagement.

U.S. Department of Education

OSEP Hosts a Series of Symposia
OSEP is hosting a series of symposiums on key topics related to students with disabilities. The first in the series was held February 8, 2016 and focused on significant disproportionality. Learn more about this event. OSEP staff and grantees can join the post symposium discussion, here. The next OSEP symposium, Creating Positive Environments for Children with Disabilities, will be March 22 at 1:30pm EDT.  For registration and more information check here. The final symposium is scheduled for May 17, 2017 at 1:30pm EDT and will focus on Displaying Our Data – Conveying Our Stories. More information about the final symposium will be posted here.  

Intervention IDEAs Brief Series
OSEP has released a series of briefs for parents and practitioners that address academic, developmental, and behavioral domains of infants and toddlers as well as school-aged children and youth with or at risk of disabilities.  The briefs include a description of the issue and potential interventions and practices as well as links to additional resources. Current topics include Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Lead Exposure, and Opioids.  Click here to find all the briefs on OSEP’s site.

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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