Before the Special Education Referral: Leading Intervention Teams

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Dezember 2008



Develop an efficient prereferral intervention process that truly benefits students! For struggling students, the effectiveness of a school's prereferral intervention team can dramatically influence their level of school achievement and future success. This resource presents a step-by-step, four-phase model for developing effective prereferral intervention teams and presents methods for evaluating the effectiveness of a prereferral intervention program. The author shows how well-organized prereferral intervention teams can:Identify instructional and behavioral strategies before initiating a referral for a special education evaluationProvide powerful support to the Response to Intervention model for identifying learning disabilities Enhance the collaborative strengths of a professional learning community


About the Author
1. An Introduction to Prereferral Intervention Teams
Variations on a Theme
Educational Leader's Role
2. The Analysis and Decision-Making Phase
Costs and Benefits
Establishing and Analyzing the Task
Establishing Authority
3. The Planning and Preparation Phase
Determining Group Composition
Designing and Communicating the Task
School and District Supports
The Team Charter
4. The Start-Up Phase
Team Boundaries
Task Redefinition
Norms and Roles
The Start-Up Meeting
The Importance of the Start-Up Meeting
Initial Prereferral Intervention Team Training
Staff Awareness
Staff Training
5. The Assistance Phase
Eliminating Barriers
Reflection Activities
Assistance With Group Processes
6. Evaluating Prereferral Intervention Teams
Evaluation Tools
Data Analysis and Action Planning
7. Connecting Prereferral Intervention Teams and Response to Intervention
The Connection
Implementation Decisions
Universal Screening Decisions
Intervention Tier Decisions
Intervention Management Team Training and Staff Awareness
The Combined Process
Identifying the At-Risk Pool
Tier Placement
Final Thoughts
Resource A: Putting It All Together: The Implementation Plan
Resource B: Implementation Tools


Matthew Jennings is currently the superintendent of schools for the Alexandria Township Public School System. Prior to serving in this position, Jennings served as an assistant superintendent of schools, a director of student services, a supervisor of curriculum and instruction, and a classroom teacher.
In addition to presenting at numerous state and national conferences, Jennings has served as an organizational behavior consultant to school districts throughout New Jersey. He works as an adjunct professor for Rutgers University, where he teaches courses on curriculum development, school administration, and the supervision of instruction. His work has been published in Kappan, Preventing School Failure, the New Jersey English Journal, Channels, and The Writing Teacher. His most recent publication, Leading Meetings, Teams and Work Groups in Schools and Districts, was released by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in June of 2007. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in educational administration from Rutgers University.


"A practical approach to the real problems administrators face when dealing with intervention and referral. The writing is clear and concise, providing examples and solutions to real-world situations. This book belongs in every school administrator's professional library."
EAN: 9781412966900
ISBN: 1412966906
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2008
Seitenanzahl: 149 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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