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Jeffords Center Provides Funding for Response-to-Instruction Education Model

Release Date: 11-02-2010

Author: Jon C. Reidel
Phone: 802-656-8206 Fax: (802) 656-3203

The James M. Jeffords Center at the University of Vermont announced funding through its Signature Award Program that will help with the creation of a new project aimed at enhancing student outcomes of middle and high school students through the development of a Response-to-Instruction model (RTI).

Project staff and local school partners from Milton Middle/High School and Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School will use the $49,500 award to design a Response-to-Instruction Model, an approach that uses student responses to high-quality instruction to guide educational decisions about the efficacy of instruction and intervention, eligibility for special programs, design of individual education programs, and effectiveness of special education services. The model also uses a system of tiered, evidence-based classroom practices designed to promote student engagement and success in meeting state and national standards.

George Salembier and Katharine Shepherd, both associate professors in education, will serve as co-principal investigators on the project, which includes the establishment of a statewide advisory board and collaboration with the Vermont Department of Education and local partners to obtain additional funding for national implementation and evaluation of the model.

The Signature Awards program was created to provide financial support to policy research and education programs that help advance the center's mission of conducting rigorous, scientifically based research and evaluation, education, training and outreach that enhances the overall wellbeing and educational success of young people across the country.