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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July 2017 Issue 30


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Behavior Screening Call: Submit tools now!
NCII is excited to announce that we will be developing a new tools chart on behavior screening tools.  We’re requesting submissions of any tools that can be used to identify students who may be at risk for poor social, emotional, and/or behavioral outcomes and require intensive intervention efforts to meet their needs. The call for behavior screening tools will be open from July 19 through August 31.  You can learn more about the review process here and find the call materials on our website. Looking for other tools to support students with intensive behavioral needs? Check out our Behavior Progress Monitoring and Behavior Interventions Tools Charts.

Ask the Expert: How do I know if an intervention is evidence based?
Ask the Expert: How do I know if an intervention is evidence based?In this video, Ralph P. Ferretti, Professor of Education and Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware, explains why it is important to consider both the study quality and the study results when determining the evidence base of an intervention. To learn more about the study results and study quality of multiple interventions, view the NCII Academic Intervention Tools Chart.

Ask the Expert: Why might our progress monitoring tools focus on skills that we are not teaching?
Ask the Expert: Why might our progress monitoring tools focus on skills that we are not teaching?In this video, Michelle Hosp, Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discusses why your progress monitoring tool may not directly focus on the skills that you are teaching. To find these types of progress monitoring tools, visit the Academic Progress Monitoring General Outcome Measure Tools Chart from NCII. 

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: A Spotlight on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

PBIS and ESSA: Aligning the School Climate Indicator and SW-PBIS
The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Center has developed a three page guidance document to help states leverage their school wide PBIS implementation within their ESSA plan.  States are encouraged to contact the PBIS Center with questions and to find other helpful resources.

NCSI and ESSA: Checking for Alignment with SSIP
The National Center on Systemic Improvement (NCSI) and the Council of Chief State School Officers developed a tool to support state educational agencies (SEAs) and their stakeholders, as they work to develop state ESSA plans, and ensure these plans lead to better outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities. The tool contains prompts to help SEAs consider how they can leverage the work already underway through their state systemic improvement plans. For support and other NCSI resources click here.

EdWeek: States' Special Education Work Offers a Jump on ESSA's Demands
EdWeek recently released an article highlighting how states can leverage the work they have undertaken as part of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP’s) “results-driven accountability" initiative to support the focus on student outcomes in ESSA. The article highlights experiences from three states including Rhode Island and Michigan— two states that NCII worked with during the first funding cycle. In addition, Lou Danielson, NCII’s co-director shared the importance of starting small and learning from the complex challenges of implementation. Danielson noted, "I think in general, until you've actually done this work, you may have a tendency to underestimate the challenges." Read more here and find out about some of the lessons that NCII learned during the first five years of implementation by reading Supporting Implementation of Data-based Individualization: Lessons Learned from NCII’s First Five Years or viewing the overview infographic.

AIR: ESSA Co-Pilot
American Institutes for Research (AIR) has developed a repository of resources about ESSA, including links to official state websites and plans, news and events about ESSA, and contacts for further assistance on all ESSA topics.  Learn more by visiting the ESSA Co-Pilot on the AIR website.


U.S. Department of Education

New IDEA Website
The Department of Education has released its new IDEA website, which includes information and resources on infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities from the Department and their grantees. The website has helpful information for a range of audiences such as students, parents, educators, service providers, and grantees and incorporates:

  • An updated design and interface
  • Expanded search options & resource pages targeting specific audiences
  • Increased access to OSEP Memos, Dear Colleague Letters, and Policy Letters
  • Upgraded Section 508 accessibility and language assistance supports

The Department is looking for your feedback on the new site. You can share your thoughts by commenting on their recent blog post.

OSEP Events: Leadership Conference and Symposium
OSEP Leadership Conference: Did you miss the OSEP Leadership Conference? Don’t worry the presentations shared at the conference will be available on the IDEAs That Work Website under the Leadership Conference Archives. Find a range of presentations highlighting State Systemic Improvement Plan implementation, evidence-based practices and professional development, and meaningfully engaging stakeholders. In addition, NCII hosted a session Is Intensive Intervention Special Education? Defining Services for Students with Disabilities, which included perspectives from J. David Sienko, Rhode Island Department of Education and Glenna Gallo, NASDSE/Washington State Board of Education.  View this presentation now on the NCII website.

OSEP Symposium: Save the date for the upcoming symposium focused on Displaying Our Data - Conveying Our Stories. The Symposium will be hosted virtually from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT on September 13, 2017 and all OSEP grantees are invited and encouraged to participate. Registration for this event will open mid-summer on the Symposium section of the IDEAs That Work website.

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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