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.

This project was archived on 2018-11-12T00:00:00-06:00

Brian H Abery, Renata Ticha
Brian H Abery, Renata Ticha
United States - India Educational Foundation
Avinashilingam University [India]
Coimbatore School District [India]


Brian H Abery :: Research Manager 3

Renata Ticha :: Research Associate

Partner staff

Sheela Ramachandran :: Vice Chancellor/Project Director

Partner staff

Premavathy Vijayan :: Dean, Faculty of Education & H.O.D of Special Education

G. Victoria Naomi :: Professor of Special Education

Partner staff

R. Shanthi :: Assistant Professor in Special Education

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R. Nagomi Ruth :: Assistant Professor in Special Education

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M. Revathi :: Graduate Research Assistant

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D. Revathi :: Graduate Research Assistant


  • Culture and diversity
    • English language learners (ELLs)
      • International initiatives
        • Other cultural groups
        • Education practices (K12 and transition)
          • Inclusive education
            • Paraprofessional and teacher development
            • Educational accountability and assessment
              • Progress monitoring
              • International initiatives
                • Assessment
                  • Inclusive education
                  • Specific life stage
                    • Adolescents and young adults
                      • Adults
                        • Children


                        • Technical assistance
                          • Training and professional development