Join us for a four (4) day RTI Team & Coaches' Training with Margaret Searle!

What is RTI and Why is it so important to early learning?... Simply put, Response to Intervention (RTI) is a framework for implementing proactive data-driven decision making. It provides teachers with better, more timely information about students in order to improve student learning and performance.

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom.

Target Audience:

Administrators, supervisors, counselors, psychologists, special and general education teachers.

*** Most schools find it helpful to send teams made up of administrators, special education and general education teachers.

***Teams should bring real case studies with them including data about the severity of the students' problems, i.e., oral reading fluency scores, digits per minute counts, numbers of disruptions per class period, frequency of missing assignments, etc.

Training Details & Overview

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Dates: Thursday and Friday, October 24 & 25, 2019 & Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14 & 15, 2020 (Four Day Training)

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Madison-Champaign ESC

2200 S US Highway 68

Urbana, Ohio, 43078

Faculty/Instructor: Margaret Searle, Nationally Renowned Author & Consultant

AGENDA AT A GLANCE (Four Day Training)

Days One & Two: Basics of Coaching (8:30am - 4:00pm)

  • What is the job of an RTI coach and RTI Team?
  • How to diagnose the root cause?
  • Practice using case studies in reading, math, and attention problems
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Getting everyone to play nicely (Parent & Student involvement)

Days Three & Four: Advanced Coaching Practice (8:30am - 4:00pm)

  • Analyzing and addressing behavior, focusing, organization, and memory problems
  • Using case studies to practice identifying root causes and setting DATA goals

Registration Fees (per person)

  • $525 per person for Champaign, Madison, Clark, Hardin, Shelby, and Logan County Public School Districts, Boards of DD, & Career Centers.
  • 600 per person for school districts outside of the above counties or other agencies/non-profits.

Deadline to Register: October 15, 2019, at 3:00 pm

  • Participation is limited to 40
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You will leave with... practical ideas and procedures for implementing RTI Coaching, and maintaining an effective RTI team.

You will learn... how to solve learning and behavior problems more efficiently by first focusing on root causes.

You will also learn... ways to help families and students become involved in the problem solving process.

This seminar will help you...

  • Analyze why students are having academic or behavior problems.
  • Practice a strategy for digging below symptoms to find the root causes of student problems.
  • Learn to write clear goals for improving student progress.
  • Develop simple ways of collecting data that will guide each step of the process (progress monitoring).
  • Build a partnership with the student and his/her family so all key players take responsibility.
  • Explore ways of developing a data base of powerful academic and behavioral interventions.


  • Contact Hours: 6.5 Contact Hours per day provided by the Madison-Champaign ESC (Total = 26 Hours)

About: Margaret Searle

Margaret Searle is the founder of Searle Enterprises, a consultant group working in the areas of collaboration, problem-solving, and innovative teaching techniques. She regularly presents at conferences nationally and works with individual school districts to develop and implement continuous improvement plans.

She has taught in all grades from kindergarten and 8th grade. Her background also includes serving as a Title I director, a middle school principal, an elementary principal, and a K-12 supervisor. She served as president of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators and was an educational advisor to President George H. W. Bush.

Searle is the author of the Ohio Department of Education's Standards-Based Instruction for All Learners: A Treasure Chest for Principal-led Building Teams (2004), a how-to book on differentiation, inclusion, and collaborative problem-solving. Her second book, What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: Building a Pyramid of Interventions (2007), describes a step-by-step method for diagnosing causes of troublesome issues and provides guidelines for actively involving parents and students in problem-solving.

Her third book, Response to Intervention: What Every School Leader Needs to Know About RTI (2010) and the companion DVD on secondary school RTI interventions are practical guides for teachers and administrators who want to build a culture of data-driven decision making supported by research-based interventions.

  • Causes and Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems (2013) reveals new neurological research about how underdeveloped executive function skills can cause poor behavior and achievement and gives specific strategies for addressing these problems.

Searle's most recent book, Teacher Teamwork: How Do We Make it Work? shows how to build productive teams and intentionally create an environment of professional engagement in your school.

Important Information & Reminders

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 8:30am to Friday, Oct. 25th, 4pm

Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center, Urbana, OH, USA

Urbana, OH

Tuesday, Jan. 14th 2020 at 8:30am to Wednesday, Jan. 15th 2020 at 4pm

2200 S US Highway 68, Urbana, Ohio, 43078


What time should I arrive at the ESC? Sign in begins 30 minutes prior to the training; please be certain to arrive in enough time to sign-in and find a seat for the workshop.

What you should bring: Participants should bring a charged laptop in order to gain valuable hands-on experience with the websites.

Our Cancellation Policy - Due to the costs associated with this event, cancellations must be received by James Cutlip at by October 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Cancellations received outside of this policy will not be accepted. Attendees and/or employing districts will be billed accordingly.