Click to view the informational video (less than 15 minutes) featuring Drs. George Batsche and José Castillo.
In 2011 Florida’s statewide implementation of MTSS emerged for a more systematic approach to the state’s continuous improvement framework. The purpose of the RtI Eligibility (RtI-E) Professional Learning Series is to support districts and schools in leveraging their knowledge, skills, attitudes, aspirations, and practices necessary to integrate and sustain RtI Eligibility for SLD within a comprehensive MTSS.
The RtI-E Professional Learning Series will help enhance the capacity of all Florida school districts to inform the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of an integrated, aligned, and sustainable system of service delivery for a universal education. The partnership has three objectives:
- Development and ongoing use of a Community of Practice (CoP) to innovate and sustain this integrated MTSS effort for RtI Eligibility for SLD
- Increase the consistency and responsiveness of district and school level policies, practices and procedures to integrate RtI Eligibility for SLD within a comprehensive MTSS
- Increase understanding, capacity and fidelity with which districts and schools apply eligibility criteria for SLD
The November 2018 face-to-face sessions (see Registration Specifics below) are the first in a series of ongoing professional learning activities (face-to-face and virtual) to continue into 2019 and beyond. Participation in the ongoing partnership will be extended to district leadership teams. Each district leadership team will select one elementary school leadership team to participate in tandem, with the goal of building internal district and school level alignment of practices and procedures to integrate RtI eligibility for SLD within a comprehensive MTSS approach. This district and school level partnership will then be responsible for providing internal leadership and coaching to other educators across their district over time. The district and school level staff members who participate in the RtI-E Professional Learning Series will comprise the “Change Agent Team” for their districts and schools.
In addition, there is a pre-session webinar (recorded October 19) providing an overview of information for the series and specific instructions on registration. District and elementary school teams who will be participating in the November sessions can access the pre-recorded webinar by going to http://surveymonkey.com/r/RtI-E-Webinar. A flyer advertising this webinar can be found here. It is expected that those who plan to attend the upcoming RtI Eligibility Professional Learning Series complete this webinar prior to the November sessions. Two pre-reading documents are also available for download — Florida Rule 6A-6.0331 and Florida Rule 6A-6.03018.
November Registration Specifics
Registration specifics for the November sessions have been communicated with all MTSS District Contacts. To avoid confusion, only one person per district can complete the registration process; ideally this will be the MTSS District Contact. If you are unsure of who your district contact is, or have additional questions about the team-based registration process, please email Judi Hyde the PS/RtI Communications Coordinator. Participation will be limited to five district-level team members and one elementary school-level team of five members (from one school). Districts considered “very large” (i.e., Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas) will be allowed to bring an additional elementary school-level team of five, if desired. There is no cost to these meetings, but attendees will be responsible for their own travel and lodging.
Suggested roles for the district team include: Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Elementary Education, ESE Director, Student Services Director, School Psychology Supervisor, and/or District MTSS Coordinator. Suggested roles for the school team include: School Administrator, School Psychologist, Instructional Coach, ESE Staffing/Program Specialist for SLD, school MTSS coordinator, and/or guidance counselor.
Those who sign up to attend will be expected to participate in a multi-year partnership which will include a combination of face-to-face trainings, webinars, virtual meetings, and ongoing practical application of skills and practices with feedback from PS/RtI staff members and partnering district and school educators through a Community of Practice (CoP) approach. Due to the ongoing partnership design of this professional learning series, it is imperative that individual and team participation at both the district and school level remains consistent. Therefore, please consider this when selecting team members to attend.
- November 6, 2018 — Jacksonville
November 9, 2018 — Panama City(rescheduled and relocated to Fort Walton Beach, see below)
- November 26, 2018 — Tampa
- November 28, 2018 — Plantation
- January 30, 2019 — Fort Walton Beach