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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November 2016 Issue 26


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NCII Highlights and Resources

Adolescent Literacy Resources from Our Partners

U.S. Department of Education


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 YouTube Channel, or just send an email to

Simplify Data Collection: Student Progress Monitoring Graphing Tool
partical image of a graphLooking for an all-in-one tool to organize, graph, and analyze student growth? This progress monitoring graphing tool, developed by Devin Kearns, allows educators to store data for multiple students (across multiple measures), graph student progress, and set individualized goals for a student on specific measures. View the tool & instructions.

Vocabulary Instruction Tools and Lessons
vocabulary words in columnsThese lessons are intended to assist special education teachers, interventionists, and others working with students with intensive reading needs. The three new lessons, Base Words and Affixes, Base Words and Prefixes and New Vocabulary include sample activities that encourage modeling, error correction, additional practice, and fluency building.

Math Instructional Videos
Not sure how to display abstract math concepts or support students with math difficulties?

teaching math concept
  • Listen to Sarah Powell, Assistant Professor of Special Education at University of Texas at Austin, describe six things to consider when teaching students with math difficulty (8 min).
  • Try this idea: Use Mr. Greater Gator when comparing two sets of objects to determine which is greater (1 min).
  • Watch this video to learn about common errors students may make when learning to count (1.5 min).

View additional videos in the new teaching counting math series and stay tuned for videos addressing other math concepts.

Catch up on Recent NCII Webinars

  • Lessons Learned: What have we learned after 5 years of NCII? This webinar shares perspectives from coaches, school and district staff, and technical assistance providers that emerged from the first 5 years of NCII working with schools to improve student outcomes by implementing intensive intervention.
  • Missed our October Webinar? Take a look at Intensive Intervention: What it is, Who it's For, and Why it's Important to hear experts describe how intensive intervention can support students with disabilities.

You can find all of our past webinars archived on our website.  Stay tuned for additional webinars coming up throughout the year. Do you have a suggestion for a webinar? E-mail or tweet us @TheNCII.


Adolescent Literacy Resources from Our Partners

A Literature Review of Research from 1994 to 2014
The Regional Education Laboratory Southeast analyzed 7,144 studies of adolescent literacy programs. From these 7,000 studies, causal implications could be drawn from just 33 studies, with 12 demonstrating positive effects. Would you have guessed that the majority of those 12 programs provided ongoing technical support to implementers? Begin on page 6 to see what other characteristics successful programs have in common.

10 Research-based Reading Practices for Secondary Students
Number 3: Students’ background knowledge is built through exposure to rich content in print and multimedia forms.

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin shares this and nine other practices with strong evidence of effectiveness from high-quality research for middle and high school students.


U.S. Department of Education

Improving Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities in Juvenile Corrections Toolkit
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently released a toolkit that educators, families, facilities, and community agencies can use to better support and improve the long-term outcomes for youth with disabilities in juvenile correctional facilities. The toolkit, which includes many NCII resources, offers documents, tools, and resources that summarize evidence- and research-based practices in juvenile corrections. Additional content will be added to this online toolkit over the next several months, so be sure to check back to see what’s new.

OSEP and IES Celebrated Learning Disability/ADHD Awareness Month
Did you know that October was Learning Disability and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awareness month? OSEP and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) celebrated with a number of events including our most recent webinar and a series of blog posts highlighting current research and personal stories.

Celebrate IDEA’s Part B Section 619 and Part C 30th Birthday
Part B Section 619 and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act celebrated a 30th anniversary in October.

  • Hear John King and others talk about the importance and impact of early intervening services.
  • Read about how various early interventions and support mechanisms provided the foundation for Madison Essig, a George Mason University student with Down syndrome, to graduate from high school with a 3.7 GPA and attend college.

If you missed the celebration on Twitter last month, take a minute to recap with #babyIDEAis30.

This is the National Center on Intensive Intervention newsletter. Our mission is to build district and school capacity to support implementation of data-based individualization in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and behavioral needs.


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