Supporting Articles

Serving Students with Disabilities - A Vision for a New Way

A concept Paper Promoting Leadership & Commitment to Children - Presented by MAPSA on November 6, 2003. This paper was written by former State Director of Special Education - Richard Baldwin, in consultation with Chuck Stockwell and the MAPSA Task Force on Special Education. It was approved by the MAPSA Board in 2003. Click here to view report.

A Report of the Commission on the Whole Child

Academic achievement requires student engagement, personalized learning and skilled and caring teachers, not just testing gains, said a recent report from ASCD's Commission on the Whole Child. "We need to rethink what education of the whole child means and make sure every student has access to a rich and challenging curriculum that pays attention to other aspects," ASCD deputy executive director Judy Seltz says. Click here to view report.

Myths about RtI Implementation

A short paper that debunks some of the misconceptions about RtI. (National Association of State Directors of Special Education - NASDSE). To view entire paper, click here.

Response to Intervention, NASDSE and CASE White Paper on RtI

The National Association of State Directors of Special Education and the Council of Administrators of Special Education have joined together to prepare this overview of Response to Intervention (RtI) to share with both general and special educators. To view entire paper, click here.

New Roles in in Response to Intervention: Creating Success forSchools and Children

A collaborative project paper from 13 well known organizations. Over nine months the groups met to discuss how best to encourage the use of RtI and each school's unique range of professionals to meet the education needs of all of their students. This gruop of papers represents a different approach by describing how professionals could take active roles to contribute their unique knowledge and perspective in new ways for each child's needs. To read all of the papers, click here.

A Parent's Guide to RtI

This National Council on Learning Disabilities Guide provides an overview of the Response-to-Intervention process and its implementation and suggest questions that parents can ask about it.  Click here to download the PDF.

Students Thriving When No Longer Isolated Into Special Ed

Times-Picayune, May 8, 2006. The push toward inclusion sits well . . . To see article, click here.

Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI) Summary

A problem-solving approach referred to as responsiveness to intervention (RTI) has received increased attention as a process of remedial interventions . . . An official paper of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities.To see the complete document, click here.

Recognition and Response

An early intervening system for young children at-risk for learning disabilities. Research synthesis and recommendations from the FPG Child Development Institute. To read document, click here.

What Size Shirt Does Your Eight-Year Old Wear?

We believe that all children should acquire basic academic skills and we will constantly work to achieve that goal. We also believe that the most important thing we do in our schools is to teach children how to think, how to make choices, how to solve problems, how to get along with the people in their world, and how to know and understand themselves. To view article, click here.

Preventing Learning Problems

There are many reasons to prevent early learning failure whenever possible. Early learning success is related to . . To read article, click here.

Early Learning Success

The prevention concept suggests that offering interventions as soon as delays are noticed in the early years of school will offer better results for children while saving school districts the cost of special education for some students. Click here to view article.

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