Special Education

Free Web Chat at EdWeek on RTI and English-Learners

By Mary Ann Zehr — April 27, 2010 1 min read

On May 5, Education Week will host a free Web chat featuring two researchers who specialize in how to implement “response to intervention” with English-language learners. Response to intervention, or RTI, is an approach for meeting the needs of struggling students with an aim toward reducing the number of referrals to special education.

The two guests will be Douglas Fisher, a professor of education and the director of professional development for San Diego State University, and
Jana Echevarria, a professor emerita of education at California State University, Long Beach. The hourlong chat will start at 2 p.m., Eastern time. (A half hour before the chat starts, you can submit questions at the link that I just provided.) If you miss the live event, you can pull up the transcript later in our archives.

I wrote a story back in January for EdWeek about how California’s Chula Vista Elementary School District carried out response to intervention with ELLs. Fisher is a consultant for that district. Echevarria has been conducting national seminars for educators on RTI and ELLs.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.