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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January 2017 Issue 27


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NCII Highlights and Resources

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.

Interested in Working with NCII? Stay Tuned for More Information About the National Call
Are you interested in working with NCII to implement intensive intervention? NCII is getting ready to release a national call to identify partner sites to work with us over the next five years. More information about the application guidelines will be coming out soon. Check our website and sign-up for our email list to stay informed.  

New White Paper: Themes from the Intensive Intervention Forum
NCII in collaboration with the Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities Research Initiative recently released a white paper highlighting themes from the 2015 Forum on Intensive Intervention and considerations for policy, research, and practice.  The forum identified key areas for future research and discussed what it takes to ensure strong implementation of intensive interventions for students with disabilities.  Read the white paper here.

New Math Instruction Videos: Place Value Concepts & Computation
New Early Literacy ToolsNew math videos focused on place value concepts and computation are here!  These are instructional videos for teachers that show interactive ways to teach students with math difficulty including those with disabilities. 

New Early Literacy Tools
New Math Instruction Videos: Place Value Concepts & ComputationNew early literacy tools, iRead, Headsprout, and Tutoring Buddy, have been added to our Academic Intervention tools chart. Click here to review the new tools and all of our existing tools.

Call for Academic and Behavioral Interventions Opens Soon
Do you have an academic or behavioral intervention or tool that you would like to have added to the NCII tools charts? Is one of the interventions you use not on the chart? From January 25 through March 10, the NCII’s Technical Review Committees will be accepting submissions of academic and behavior intervention programs to be added to the Academic and Behavioral Intervention Tools Charts. All interested vendors are invited to submit. If you don’t see the intervention you use on the chart, let the vendor know you would like them to submit the intervention for review.  Learn more about the review process on our website and stay tuned for the call materials.  


Resources From Our Partners

NCSSLE: Webinar Series
Join National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) and Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) staff for the ESSA, Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Non-Regulatory Guidance Webinar Series. The SSAE program aims to increase the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to:

  1. provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
  2. improve school conditions for student learning, and
  3. enhance the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

There are three webinars in this series that will be held in January and February. Learn more and register here.


REL Midwest: Measuring Implementation of RTI Framework
REL Midwest’s new study looked at response to intervention (RTI) implementation in Milwaukee Public Schools to determine reliability of a new system for measuring implementation progress.  After two years, 53 percent of schools were found to be implementing RTI with adequate fidelity, but schools continued to struggle with implementing Tier 3. Do you have questions about implementing Tier 3 with fidelity? View the available fidelity tools from NCII.  Read the full REL Midwest report here and view the infographic here.

NCSI: State Spotlight on Rhode Island
This state spotlight from the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI), highlights how Rhode Island is tackling the challenge of measuring statewide student progress when state tests lack the sensitivity and frequency to reflect ongoing academic improvement of students who are well below grade-level proficiency standards. Read the article to learn how Rhode Island is looking at progress monitoring and screening data across local education agencies.

CEEDAR: Preparing Principals to Meet the Needs of Each Student
The Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center (CEEDAR) will be holding a webinar January 25 at 1pm that prepares principals to understand and meet the needs of all students including those with disabilities.  For more details and to register click here by January 25.


U.S. Department of Education

ESSA Updates: New Regulations Released
The Department of Education has released a series of resources, final regulations, proposed regulations and guidance related to the Every Student Succeeds Act.  Learn more about final regulations for Title 1 Part A and B and Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting and more on the Department of Education’s website here

38th Annual Report to Congress on Implementation of IDEA
On an annual basis, the Department of Education provides a report to congress on the implementation of key aspects of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The report focuses on the children and students with disabilities being served under IDEA, Part C or B, nationally and at the state level and presents summaries of important special education research findings.  Read the release and full 2016 report here.


Fact Sheet & Regulations: Equity in IDEA
Read the Department of Education’s Fact Sheet and recently released regulations focused on equity and disproportionality.  The regulations address issues related to significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities based on race or ethnicity and provide a standard approach that States must use in determining whether significant disproportionality based on race or ethnicity is occurring in the state and in its districts.


White House Report: Rethinking Discipline
The White House has released a report summarizing efforts under the Rethink Discipline initiative.  The report acknowledges that there are disparities along racial, sex, disability, and other student characteristics in the administration of suspensions or expulsions and that these disciplinary practices can contribute to negative outcomes that effect student learning and social emotional development. Specifically, the report notes that students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions as students without disabilities and that students of color with disabilities are suspended at even higher rates. Learn more about the efforts that have been undertaken to improve discipline practices by reading a brief of the report here or the full report 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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