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Thursday, July 26 • 10:20am - 10:45am
Effective RTI Depends on Effective Tier 1 Instruction (SCC 319)

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Effective MTSS, particularly RTI, depends on highly effective Tier 1. When Tier 1 is not effective, too many students are referred unnecessarily to Tier 2 and Tier 3 instruction. The What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide (2008) recommends that Tier 1 instruction be differentiated (or personalized or individualized) based on students’ assessed skills. In this presentation, we will discuss the Assessment-2-Instruction (A2i) technology, which is a professional support technology designed to support teachers’ ability to differentiate kindergarten through third grade Tier 1 literacy instruction. A2i includes integrated online and adaptive assessments for screening and progress monitoring of vocabulary, decoding, and comprehension. These assessments (and others that schools might use, like DIBELS), are used in the A2i algorithms to recommend amounts of four types of literacy instruction – both code-focused and meaning-focused. There are also algorithms that recommend student flexible learning groups (although teachers can change groupings), lesson planning tools, and online PD resources. Results of randomized controlled trials show that students in A2i classrooms make greater gains in reading (kindergarten through 3rd grade) than do students in classrooms where teachers received PD but not A2i. The presentation will discuss how A2i works, how teachers implement data-informed individualized instruction in their classrooms and the benefits to students in literacy and self-regulation gains.  Click Here for Session Handouts

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Carol Connor

Chancellor’s Professor in Education, University of California, Irvine
Carol McDonald Connor, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Chancellor’s Professor in Education at University of California, Irvine. Her research investigates individual child differences and the links between children’s language and literacy development with the goal of illuminating reasons... Read More →

Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 10:45am PDT
SCC 319