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ERIC Number: EJ852645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Response to Intervention: Investigating the New Role of Special Educators
Cummings, Kelli D.; Atkins, Trent; Allison, Randy; Cole, Carl
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v40 n4 p24-31 Mar-Apr 2008
Special educators wear many different hats in our current educational system. Due to recent federal legislation, they may be required to wear a couple of new ones. This article provides a glimpse into past roles and begins to lay some groundwork for the future role of special educators in a Response to Intervention (RTI) context. This article (a) highlights the congruence between legislative acts impacting education, (b) explains how legislative acts can be used to help schools be more proactive in meeting the needs of struggling students, (c) describes key elements of an RTI model, (d) explains the role of formative assessment, (e) explains the application of RTI with a school-based case example, and (f) concludes with a discussion of how the current skills of special educators can support schools beginning to adopt RTI. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001