New Edition Of Popular “RTI In Action” Book An Essential Resource For Speech-Language Pathologists And Educators

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ASHA’s RTI Series Aims To Improve Vital Language And Literacy Skills In Students

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I would encourage all professionals working with elementary students on language and literacy to consider these books—you will not be disappointed.

Following up on a very popular first edition, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has published a new book: RTI in Action, Grades 3–5: Oral and Written Language Activities for the Common Core State Standards. This practical resource is designed to help school-based professionals foster critical oral language and literacy skills in their students, positioning them for future success in college and the workplace.

The first edition of the book, published in 2010, has proven to be an indispensable tool for professionals working with students on foundational oral language skills in Grades K–2. Both the first edition and the new book utilize the widely recognized Response to Intervention (RTI) model of academic support for at-risk students. RTI is a multi-tiered approach to helping struggling learners by delivering services at increasing levels of intensity. RTI involves universal screening, high-quality instruction matched to student need, frequent progress monitoring, and the use of child response data to make educational decisions.

RTI in Action, Grades 3–5 boasts more than 200 ready-to-use activities in the classroom; content is organized by grade level as well as by the three tiers of RTI. The activities correspond to all of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts, which cover reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. The CCSS in English language arts and mathematics was developed through a state-led effort to establish a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade; adoption of the CCSS is voluntary.

“The first RTI book has remarkable real-world applications. I found it to be very user-friendly, and, based on my recommendation, my school purchased several for the teacher resource library. I know that the new book will quickly become another go-to resource for my colleagues and me,” said Laura Young-Campbell, MS, CCC-SLP, a 29-year veteran in the Alaska public schools and ASHA fellow. “I would encourage all professionals working with elementary students on language and literacy to consider these books—you will not be disappointed.”

“In addition to all the excellent practical classroom activities in the RTI in Action, Grades 3–5 book, I found the introductory sections to be particularly informative,” said Jean Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP, president of Creative Strategies for Special Education in Baltimore, MD, and ASHA fellow. “The authors provide an exceptional summary of the key components that speech-language pathologists and teachers need to in order to implement a coordinated and effective Response to Intervention program. Their explanations of Response to Intervention, the Common Core State Standards, classroom modifications, and instructional strategies are concise and can be used to establish a common framework for collaboration and planning interventions for students. They also demonstrate how these components are essential and linked to one another. Speech-language pathologists who are interested in helping their education partners understand the contributions they can make to students’ success in school will find this to be a very valuable resource. I will definitely use the PowerPoint and handouts on the CD for in-service education programs.”

The new RTI in Action includes a CD with PDFs of all activities described the book for convenient downloading and sharing; a sample PowerPoint presentation for in-service training; and informative handouts for speech-language pathologists, teachers, parents, caregivers, and day care providers.

Other features of the book include:

  •     more than 100 instructional strategies educators can use in the classroom to implement an RTI model;
  •     web resources related to RTI and the CCSS;
  •     appendices with easy-to-copy graphic organizers, a cultural competence checklist, a developmental milestones checklist, progress-monitoring charts, and an RTI intensity grid.

The book was co-authored by leading experts in RTI, speech-language pathology, and education: Froma P. Roth, PhD, CCC-SLP, Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, MA, CCC-SLP, Diane R. Paul, PhD, CCC-SLP, and Patricia Iafrate Bellini, MS, CCC-SLP.

RTI in Action, Grades 3–5: Oral and Written Language Activities for the Common Core State Standards may be purchased for $69 by calling 888-498-6699 or visiting Discounts are available for ASHA members.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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