Annual Symposium

Response to Intervention

The 14th Annual Early Childhood Early Childhood Symposium will be on RTI – Response to Intervention. The symposium will be held on June 19-20, 2012 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.

This year’s presenters will be: Dr. Charles Greenwood and Rachel Brown-Shidsey.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Charles Greenwood

Dr. Charles R. Greenwood is a professor of Applied Behavioral Science, Senior Scientist in the Life Span Institute, and Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) at the University of Kansas. He holds the PhD. in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah. He is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and books related to education and special education. Dr. Greenwood is nationally known for his expertise in developing and evaluating innovative instructional intervention procedures. His most recent work has been in early intervention and preschool programs in homes, classrooms, and communities of at-risk children and families. His interests also extend to measurements that have relevance to teachers and other caregivers making instructional intervention decisions, including direct observation and formative evaluation. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Associations Division 25 Fred Keller Award for his contributions to the field of education. Under his leadership, the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project received the Council for Exceptional Children’s Research Award. In 2009 he received the Irvin Youngberg Research Achievement Award in the Applied Sciences at the University of Kansas, its highest award for research.

Presentation: Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood: What is it; Why do it?

We increasingly understand that school readiness and learning to read in elementary school are advanced and supported by the language and early literacy skills that children learn prior to kindergarten. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss what we are learning about RTI in early intervention and early childhood general and special education. Implications for early education and early intervention research practice are discussed.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Rachel Brown-Shidsey

Dr. Rachel Brown-Chidsey is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of Southern Main. She was born and raised in Alaska and she taught general and special education for ten years before earning her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000. She is the author of numerous articles and books related to evidence-based instructional practices and Response to Intervention (RTI). Dr. Brown-Chidsey is licensed to practice psychology in Alaska and Main and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She is married with one daughter and splits her time between Alaska and Maine.

Presentation: Tiers Without Tears: Implementing RTI with Success

This session will cover details about how to plan for, implement, and evaluate multi-tier systems of support for primary grade students.

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