Square Up to RTI2

May, 2018

Retirement Announcement

We would like to announce the retirement of Mary Lyster with 32 years of experience. 30 of these years are with Knox County Schools. Join us in congratulating her in her next journey. We will miss you!

RTI2 Reminders

  • We are using Spring Norms
  • Spring universal screening window is set for May 1-18
  • Middle school screening includes grades 6-8
  • The student plan in Aspen is the official record of intervention. Notes gathered in other formats (ex: Google sheet/doc) should be transferred into the meeting notes in Aspen.
  • When a student is no longer receiving intervention through the RTI2 process, do not forget to fill in the End Date on the Student Plan, change the Status from Active to Previous, and then click Save.

End of Year Procedures for RTI2

End of Year RTI2 Review

Dyslexia Resources and Reminders

Thank you for your patience and hard work as we have navigated the new Say Dyslexia law. Our plans for next year include utilizing Aspen to generate dyslexia letters and document characteristics.

High School RTI2 Communities of Practice

On May 14th, from 8:30-11:30 at Lincoln Park Technology Center, the Tennessee Department of Education will host high school RTIĀ² communities of practice.

Communities of practice will provide an opportunity for high school staff to collaborate, share resources, and gain skills around effective RTI2 implementation at the high school level. Members of district and school RTI2 data teams, including general education teachers, special educators, interventionists, school psychologists, building administrators, counselors, and other staff who play a part in RTI2 implementation at the high school level are invited to attend. Click here to register.

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

June 26, 2018 8:30-10:00 Understanding Characteristics of Dyslexia (Certified Staff)

Description:This training will review the "Say Dyslexia" Law and the requirements from the state. We will discuss difficulties these students face, how we provide strategies and align interventions to meet their needs. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to help their students and how to talk to parents about their child's difficulties in reading.


June 26, 2018 10:30-12:00 Understanding Characteristics of Dyslexia (Classified Staff)

Description:This training will review the "Say Dyslexia" Law and the requirements from the state. We will discuss difficulties these students face, how we provide strategies and align interventions to meet their needs. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to help their students and how to talk to parents about their child's difficulties in reading.


June 28, 2018 8:30-11:00 Strategies to Support the 7 Dyslexic Characteristic Areas

Description: This interactive training will cover strategies and ways to support students who exhibit characteristics of dyslexia in the classroom and in intervention groups in grades K-5.


July 11, 2018 8:30-11:00 Basic Aspen Training for RTI Student Plans

Description: Learn the basics in using Aspen for RTI2 Documentation. This training is designed for new coaches, administrators, and those new to RTI2roles that will need to input and retrieve Aspen data for RTI2 students.


July 18, 2018 8:30-10:00 Aspen Reports for Retrieving data for RTI2 students

Description: Coaches and administrators will learn how to create reports from Aspen to evaluate and review progress leading to better decision making at the school level.