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Before the Special Education Referral
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Before the Special Education Referral
Leading Intervention Teams



October 2008 | 168 pages | Corwin
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
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. An Introduction to Prereferral Intervention Teams
Variations on a Theme

 
Educational Leader's Role

 
Conclusion

 
 
2. The Analysis and Decision-Making Phase
Costs and Benefits

 
Establishing and Analyzing the Task

 
Establishing Authority

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. The Planning and Preparation Phase
Determining Group Composition

 
Designing and Communicating the Task

 
School and District Supports

 
The Team Charter

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
Conclusion

 
 
5. The Assistance Phase
Eliminating Barriers

 
Technology

 
Reflection Activities

 
Assistance With Group Processes

 
Conclusion

 
 
6. Evaluating Prereferral Intervention Teams
Evaluation Tools

 
Data Analysis and Action Planning

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
Resource A: Putting It All Together: The Implementation Plan
 
Resource B: Implementation Tools
 
References
 
Index

"Clearly and concisely outlines 'good practice procedures' for prereferral teams. The author has put together a very thorough, thoughtful outline from start to finish concerning how to implement these procedures in a true-to-life setting."

Jodie L. Greene, Coordinator of Special Education
Plumsted Township School District, New Egypt, NJ

"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."

Jack Dennis, Principal
Columbia Middle School, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Prereferral Intervention Teams


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