ALS PhD Student Moran Presents on Systems of Support within Career and Technical Education Centers

Posted on 9/10/2013 12:09:09 PM

ALS Ph.D. Student Laura MoranAdministration and Leadership Studies PhD student Laura Moran recently presented her session entitled “Implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support within Career and Technical Education Centers (CTCs)” at the 2013 RTII Implementers Forum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

RTII stands for Response to Instruction and Intervention. It is a multi-tiered system of support intended to enrich and enhance K-12 student learning and provide supports and interventions as needed rather than waiting for students to fail.

Two CTCs in Pennsylvania use this system of support—both of which participated in the conference and, in particular, in Laura’s session. During her session, Laura facilitated discussion with members of the two CTCs, focusing on challenges, lessons learned, and successes with implementing RTII in their center.

We asked Laura to share her main takeaways from the session.  She said, ”Both sites noted that assessment is key in order to make data-based decisions, rather than just guessing or leaning on ‘gut’ reactions to solve problems. Another key point pertains to the implementation of the RTII. It takes time and careful planning. CTCs want others to know that they need to stick with the process and not give up. Finally, the CTCs in my session made a call for others to maintain high expectations and provide the supports needed in order for students to meet their goals.” 

We also asked Laura about her participation in this conference and how it impacted her pursuit of her PhD.

“During our program evaluation course, Dr. John Anderson [ALS doctoral coordinator] introduced the class to Appreciative Inquiry,” Laura said. “Appreciative Inquiry dwells on the ‘what works well’ in an organization rather than focusing on ‘what is wrong.’ Questions are asked to spark change. As a consultant, I worked with these sites and other schools to discover and appreciate what they already had in place, dream what might be, design and determine what should be, and consider a destiny of what might happen if the schools succeeded. By focusing on the root cause of success rather than the root cause of problems, the faculty and staff were highly motivated to work toward certain goals rather than retreat or resist such change.”

In addition to facilitating discussion with the CTCs on RTII, Laura presented her own research on secondary RtII. 

Congratulations to Laura on her successful research presentation as well as her helpful facilitation of the forum on RTII, and best wishes as she continues pursuit of her Administration and Leadership Studies PhD!