Upcoming Events at SERESC

SERESC is celebrating its 40 years!

Implementing Response To Instruction (RTI) for Strong Standards such as the Common Core

with Maryclare Heffernan and Diane Lurvey

Sponsored by SERESC

Who Should Attend?

School teams that include an administrator, general and special educators and other relevant school community members (e.g. Reading, Literacy specialists, Title I, etc.)

About the Presentation:

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results that it gets.”

~ Anonymous

System change isn’t easy... but if your school would like to change the results you're getting, to improve learning outcomes for all learners and to work more efficiently and effectively consider implementing a Response to Instruction framework.

Response to Instruction (RTI) is a Multi-Tiered system of support for instruction that supports the implementation of the NH College and Career Ready Standards.

This session will provide an overview of the essential components of RTI with a particular focus on the implementation of a school-wide data driven decision-making process to inform instruction. The key is that RTI is a “system-wide” framework that means a collective and collaborative commitment to the effective outcomes for all students and educators.

We’re all in this together and only together can we make significant difference in the results we are getting. For everyone! Change isn't easy but it’s exciting, energizing and, some may say fun.


  • Establish an understanding of the 7 Essential Components of an RTI framework
  • Understand the infrastructure and supports necessary for effective implementation of an RTI framework
  • Identify the stage of implementation in your school
  • Determine a plan of action for successful implementation of school-wide implementation of an RTI framework based on a self-assessment of needs.

About the Presenters

Maryclare Heffernan

Maryclare Heffernan, an educational consultant with more than 25 years experience in educational systems change, has worked with numerous districts and schools in creating dynamic and viable plans for school improvement. Her professional experience includes teaching, school administration, project management, facilitation, program design, implementation and planning for sustainability.

Since 1997, Maryclare has been a key member of the NH Department of Education’s (NH DOE) Special Education Program Approval and Improvement Process’s Management Team. In that role she contributed to the development and implementation of the innovative monitoring and approval models utilized by the NH DOE, including the Special Education Case Study and Focused Monitoring Processes. Additional professional experiences include: NH Secondary Transition Project Director, Co-Director Statewide Standardization Project for Court Placed Children and Youth, and adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University. Maryclare is a member of the NH Response to Intervention (RTI) Task Force and lead author of the RTI Interactive Guide and Strategic Plan.

Additionally as a founding member of Associates for School Change at SERESC she has facilitated the work of multiple school and district teams in the development of School and District in Need of Improvement and School Improvement Grant plans. Her passion for improved student learning has resulted in the development of consultation skills in managing complex change and support of system-wide redesign.

Diane Lurvey

Diane Lurvey is a special education consultant with 34 years of experience in the field. She has over 20 years of experience in special education administration serving in multi-district, central office positions in New Hampshire. Additionally, she has served as a curriculum coordinator, English teacher, elementary teacher, special educator, and career counselor. She holds certification as a Career Development Facilitator and School Leader Mentor through the National Elementary Principal Mentor Training Program. Currently she serves on the executive board of the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators, she mentors new school leaders and is a part time consultant on the NH Special Education Focused Monitoring Team at Southeastern Regional Education Service Center. Throughout her career Diane has been focused on blurring the lines between regular and special education. She has been dedicated to the vision of a unified, collaborative approach to learning that ensures high expectations and improved outcomes for all students.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation should be made in writing. A full refund will be made for cancellations postmarked, or sent via email, 7 days before the event.

No refunds will be given for requests received after 7 days before the event, or for "no shows". We do accept substitution of another person at our conference. 24 hours of notification is appreciated.

All received registrations are subject to Cancellation/Refund policy. Cost of registration fee is still liable whether payment is paid or unpaid, if no notice of cancellation is received at least 7 days prior to the event.

If minimum requirement enrollment is not met prior to the early registration deadline, the event may be postponed or canceled.


SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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