Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award 2013: A Sustainable Response to Intervention Model for Successful Inclusion of Children with Disabilities
Fosters university-, district- and school-level partnerships between India and the U.S., using the Response to Intervention (RTI) education framework. RTI is a model for a school-wide process that helps teachers ensure that all their students, including students with disabilities, are making adequate academic progress. In this project, ICI's Brian Abery and Renáta Tichá will travel to India to work with the schools in the Coimbatore district and faculty from Avinashilingam University on delivering training, technical assistance, and mentoring for their faculty in effective implementation of RTI and its impact on successful inclusion of students with disabilities. Indian faculty will come to Minnesota to see how Minnesota schools have adapted RTI to their needs. And the collaborating Coimbatore schools will serve as model demonstration sites for other schools in Tamil Nadu, building local capacity and allowing for potential scale-up.