Community in Action
Resources for “Interventions That Work”
Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom
Instruction and Intervention. (2010). By Douglas Fisher and
Nancy Frey. Stock No. 110037. Price: $20.95 (member); $26.95
How to Support Struggling Students. (2010). By Robyn R. Jackson
and Claire Lambert. Stock No. 110073. Price: $16.95 (member);
What Every School Leader Needs to Know About RTI. (2010). By Margaret Searle. Stock
No. 109097. Price: $18.95 (member); $23.95 (nonmember).
Implementing RTI in Secondary Schools DVD Set. Two 45-minute DVDs, each with a professional
development program. Stock No. 610011. Price: $309 (member); $369 (nonmember).
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As part of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization
efforts, ASCD has joined with partner organizations to develop policy recommendations for how the federal government can better support well-rounded education.
Unfortunately, No Child Left Behind has focused primarily on English language
arts and math, to the detriment of other subjects. The Obama administration’s fiscal
year 11 budget request includes a $38.9 million (or 17 percent) increase in funding
to support teaching and learning in the arts, history, civics, foreign languages, geography, and economics. However, the budget request proposes to combine eight
subject-specific grant programs into a single competitive grant program that would
pit these subjects against one another for resources.
The policy recommendations that ASCD and its partners have developed call for
the Obama administration and Congress to
■ Include all elements of a well-rounded education in any definition of college-,
career-, and citizenship-ready standards.
■ Maintain discrete funding streams for each subject area to ensure that each
retains federal support individually and that all receive a minimum level of
resources reflecting collective support for a well-rounded education.
■ Promote grant competitions within disciplines, not among them, that give priority to underserved or high-need schools and students and that emphasize best
practices, scalability, and cross-subject collaboration and integration.
■ Develop a rigorous evaluation process that includes significant input from
professional educators to measure the effectiveness of the funded activities and to
propose improvements in the respective grant programs.
■ Establish meaningful public reporting and accountability requirements
regarding student achievement in each of these disciplines at the school, district,
and state levels.
More than two dozen organizations have endorsed the recommendations, which
ASCD and its partners are sharing with members of Congress as they develop ESEA
legislation. ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative has long touted the value of a comprehensive approach to education; such an approach exposes students to a multitude
of disciplines that expand their learning and spark their creativity. To learn more,
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