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Ask the Expert videos are short videos that answer common questions around MTSS/RTI. Watch a video for your own learning, share one as a discussion starter in staff development or embed one into a presentation you are giving.

Whitney Donaldson
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Dr. Doug Fuchs
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Dr. Michelle Hosp
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Dr. Beth Harry
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Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) are frameworks for integrating instruction, evidence-based interventions, and assessments to meet the academic and behavior needs of all students. The essential components of MTSS are as follows: screening, progress monitoring, a multilevel prevention system, and data-based decision making (National Center on Response to Intervention, 2010).

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In this video developed for the Illinois Center for School Improvement, Dr. Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds discusses how screening tools can provide a more accurate measure of at-risk students within the context of a multi-tiered system of supports.

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In this video developed for the Illinois Center for School Improvement, Dr. Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds discusses what to consider when a goal set for a student proves to be unrealistic.

Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds
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In this video developed for the Illinois Center for School Improvement, Dr. Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds discusses ways that a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) can help educators consider what student report cards can measure beyond academic performance. 

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In this video developed for the Illinois Center for School Improvement, Dr. Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds, discusses the differences between the terms “multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)” and “Response to Intervention (RtI).” 

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Response to intervention (RTI) is a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavioral problems. With RTI, schools use data to identify students at risk of poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide and adjust evidence-based interventions when needed, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. In this video, Dia Jackson describes the importance of implementing RTI with fidelity and how she provides RTI coaching and professional development to schools so that they see gains in student achievement.

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In this video developed for the Illinois Center for School Improvement, Dr. Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds discusses the role professional development should play when preparing staff to implement a multi-tiered system of supports.