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January 24, 2009


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L Hogan

Dear Dr. Mellard,
I have a question RE: selecting an appropriate research ? to begin a final grad Project.
A collaborative team with whom I work have implemented a pilot RTI for third grade struggling and at risk learners. I plan to use this project as the basis for my inquiry. So far I am only keeping data and collecting feedback that could be used for a variety of projects.
So, in framing a question would something like this be appropriate?-
How might reflective analysis of a single grade pilot RTI model be used to facilitate a school-wide implementation? or
What factors most affect the efficacy of RTI programs during a multi-cycle phased
Are these even close?

Missy T.

I thought this article was very informative. There were many questions that you answered that I had prior to reading this.

Danielle P.

I enjoyed looking at the pyramid diagram of the different levels of intervention. I was absorbing what I was reading, but it helped even more to be able to look at the diagram and fully understand the different levels. Thanks!

Danielle P.

I enjoyed looking at the pyramid diagram of the different levels of intervention. I was absorbing what I was reading, but it helped even more to be able to look at the diagram and fully understand the different levels. Thanks!



May i introduce my self. I am Dr. C. and educational therapist, psychologist, who is interested in the nutritional and holistic health piece to the LD puzzle.

I am working on my thesis for my Masters Education in Health and Nutrition. My focus is Holistic Health and Nutrition as it relates to Beauty, Brains and Creativity in the College LD population. I want to interview Women in the LD population to find out what would spark their interest on the topic of holistic health and nutrition as it relates to Beauty, Brains and Creativity.

Do you know of any college LD blogs, groups, or councilors who could help me find college students to participate?

I am in northern california in the Santa Cruz Mountains, however, much of this could be done online, and via the phone.

Thank you very much,

megan mckee

I don't think this question necessarily goes with the feed here, but not sure where else to put it? My school is struggling to come up with math interventions, badly. We have no programs and I am the only person to remediate and I am not sure where to start with kids who have no number sense. I have heard of On Cloud Nine Math from Lindamood Bell and am wondering about it? Anyone used it?

Lynn Boyer

Hi Megan,

West Virginia does not provide direction in or require specific Tier II or Tier III programs for intervention in math. The state is approaching mathematics intervention from an instruction/intervention research base. This approach is grounded in having schools consider whether a program includes the following components of effective mathematics intervention:

· Additional practice opportunities
· Scaffolded instruction
· Error correction
· Multiple strategies
· Meaningful practice
· Identification of mathematical misconceptions
· Peer interaction and collaboration
· Making connections among mathematical concepts (many children see math as disconnected facts)
· Building mathematical vocabulary and language

The SEA has reviewed the implementation of mathematics interventions at math pilot schools and notes that they are selecting the following intervention programs at the elementary level after considering the criteria:

· Mathematics Navigator -- 20-day modules for grades 2-10, addresses root causes of common misconceptions, includes a diagnostic screener and online tutoring, generally a Tier II program) -- available from America’s Choice.
· Do the Math! -- includes all criteria mentioned above for grades 1-8 -- available from Scholastic.

Other programs may be in use at schools not routinely reviewed. In relation to the number-sense concept, effective strategies include the following:

• Model different methods for computing
• Ask students to calculate mentally
• Facilitate discussions about computation strategies
• Teach and practice estimation skills often
• Question students about numerical reasoning
• Pose numerical problems with multiple answers

This information came primarily from Marilyn Burns’ book, About Teaching Mathematics: A K-8 Resource (Math Solutions Publications, 2007). WV has no information about selection or use of On Cloud Nine Math.


I have been following your blog but never posted before. Thanks for all the info and I look forward to reading in the future.

Math Problems forever

It provided me with a deeper level of understanding of this issue. Great presentation

Mark Pennington

The challenge for RTI screening is the time-consuming nature of assessments. I've put together a helpful collection of free whole-class reading, spelling, and grammar assessments. Perfect for Tier I and II RTI on my blog.

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