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May 23, 2011

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$199.00 per person

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8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

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Response To Intervention Implementing Powerful and Practical Strategies to Identify and Serve Students with Learning Challenges

(Grades K-6)

Presented by Kelly Harmon
Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, School Psychologists, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • Learn proactive approaches for supporting students with learning deficiencies before they “fail enough” to qualify for special education
  • Implement the key components of an effective Response to Intervention (RTI) model
  • Discover dozens of practical, research-based strategies for helping students with learning challenges
  • Acquire strategies and tools for identifying students needing intervention
  • Strengthen your assessment process by documenting student progress efficiently, accurately and fairly
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with practical ideas and effective strategies designed to help you implement a successful RTI model

Practical Ideas and Strategies

The changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 are significant when it comes to the identification of learning disabilities. For the first time, by federal definition, states and districts may opt out of the “discrepancy” model that looks at the difference between a child’s ability and the child’s actual achievement.

Such a model is dependent upon a child falling “behind enough” to qualify for special education services. It is a “wait for failure” model. Now states and districts can use the Response to Intervention (RTI) model, focused on providing a child with assistance when the student needs it, rather than waiting for qualification for a special program.

This outstanding seminar will provide you with an understanding of the issues involved with RTI.Using her own experience and real-classroom examples, Kelly Harmon will present innovative, research-based strategies for implementing this child-centered and achievement-focused process. Kelly will share practical ideas for initiating and implementing RTI with ready-to-use assessment techniques for gathering data for decision making. She will also provide you with classroom-proven instructional strategies for working with your at‑risk students.

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn how you can make RTI a successful model in your school and classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Developing the Key Components of a Response to Intervention Program
    How does RTI change what you are currently doing with at-risk students? What are the crucial components of an effective RTI program?
  2. Focusing on Proactive Approaches to Academic and Behavioral Challenges
    Learn powerful strategies to provide assistance to students before they “fail enough” to qualify for special services ... How to support and scaffold your students to accelerate learning rather than remediate
  3. Intervening with Students Before They Fall Too Far Behind
    Build an identification process and structure of support that does not depend on test scores for service ... What you can do in the classroom to reach your students earlier and quicker
  4. Maximizing Your Limited Time to Provide Quality Intervention
    Organize instruction to include intensive, systematic and multi-level instruction in your daily plans ... Ways to maximize your time with ready-to-implement interventions
  5. Effective Strategies for Working with Your At-Risk Students
    Pick and choose from practical, classroom-proven strategies for working with your at-risk students ... Learn how to easily integrate these powerful strategies into what you are already doing in your classroom to meet the RTI requirements
  6. Implementing Practical, Research-Based Intervention Strategies
    How to be proactive in helping students with academic and/or behavioral challenges before they fall too far behind ... Practical ways to intensify your interventions
  7. Strengthening Your Assessment Process to Effectively and Efficiently Determine Rate of Student Growth
    Find out if your interventions are working ... Guidelines to determine what to do next if more interventions are necessary
  8. Documenting Student Progress Efficiently, Accurately and Fairly
    Incorporate practical, easy-to-do assessment techniques that will provide data for program decisions
  9. Defining Roles and Activities of the School Support Team
    Create goals and objectives you can use for working with members of the educational team in your school ... Develop effective and goal‑focused Student Support Teams
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar filled with strategies, ideas and examples you can use immediately in your program

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Proactive strategies for identifying and supporting students before they fail using the Response to Intervention model
  • Identify the key components necessary for implementing a successful RTI program
  • Discover multi-sensory, thematic-based activities to hook the learner and help him or her stay focused during instruction
  • Ways to support and scaffold your struggling students to accelerate their learning
  • Ready-to-use strategies to reach your at-risk students earlier and quicker
  • Research-based instructional strategies for literacy and behavior challenges
  • Timesaving ideas for gathering and analyzing academic data to develop effective student support plans
  • Ready-to-use charts for monitoring students’ responses to intervention
  • How to expand the circle of support for students with special needs
  • Include intensive, systematic and multi-level instruction in your daily plans
  • What to do next if more interventions are needed
  • A reconceptualized understanding of special education as a long-term intervention process on a continuum
  • How to align the principles of IDEA 2004 with the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Key steps for documenting student progress efficiently and accurately
  • Easy-to-use techniques for tracking individual student achievement
  • Appropriate steps for intensifying intervention
  • Determine strengths and areas for growth for your at-risk students
  • Innovative ways to maximize your limited time to provide intervention
  • Examine the five key components of reading instruction and how to fit them into your RTI plans
  • Pick and choose from dozens of practical, classroom-proven strategies for working with your at-risk students in a RTI model

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As educators, we have all worked with the student who struggled, didn’t respond or who needed more than we could provide. In the past, we searched for a program to help these students; often, special education was their only hope to get intensive, focused assistance. We also know the students who didn’t “make it” – who didn’t qualify for special education and continued to flounder until next year’s teacher could refer them for more testing.

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an exciting strategy that states and districts may opt to use as a new way to meet students’ needs earlier and more quickly.

In this seminar, I will share with you strategies for implementing RTI as a way to get students the help they need before they fail. You may be asking these kinds of questions regarding RTI:

How is RTI different from what I’ve been doing?
How do I effectively use RTI techniques to meet the needs of my at-risk students?
What are the most effective strategies for working with an at-risk student?
For each potential problem, what strategies can I use to quickly address the problem?

I will help you answer these questions and more. We will discuss the key elements in developing a model and how school teams can collaborate to make the process efficient and effective. Most importantly, I will give you strategies to organize your interventions to include intensive, systematic and multi-level instruction. You will take away practical, classroom-proven strategies for working with your at-risk students and ways to easily integrate them into what you are already doing in your classroom.

We will focus on proactive interventions to support and scaffold students before they fail. This seminar is not just about students with disabilities, but also about all students who are struggling.

Join me for a strategy-packed, highly practical seminar that focuses on helping teams of educators help students before they “fail enough.”

Kelly Harmon

P.S. Be prepared to take back practical strategies and activities you can use immediately to implement RTI.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades K-6: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, School Psychologists, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • key concepts and practices of RTI
  • sample strategies of research-based interventions
  • assessment techniques to provide necessary data for decisions
  • ways to maximize your time with ready-to-use interventions
  • ideas to include intensive, systematic and multi-level instruction
  • steps for documenting student progress

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in implementing Response to Intervention.

Consultation Available
Kelly Harmon will be available to answer questions regarding the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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