• Response To Intervention

Rick Palese, Chicago, IL
August 23, 2013
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee


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Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee, WI

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an educational initiative designed to develop school-wide, multi-level instructional and behavioral systems for preventing school failure; progress monitoring; and data-based decision-making for instruction, movement within the multi-level system, and disability identification (in accordance with state law). The initial focus of RTI has been in the areas of reading and behavior. While some aspects of RTI are not specifically designed with the music teacher in mind, many of its core principles, including the behavioral component, can be used as a powerful tool to strengthen and support a comprehensive school music program.

This course will present an overview of traditional RTI models, as well as provide the music educator with practical and effective intervention tools to utilize in the classroom. Topics discussed will include: adapting and using the RTI model to identify and assist struggling music students, and low impact tools to collect and report data in an arts based activity.

Wisconsin Teaching Standards Addressed: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Wisconsin Music Standards Addressed: G

Rick Palese is the director of continuing education at VanderCook College of Music, where he oversees all aspects of the MECA Continuing Education Program. Prior to his appointment at VanderCook, Palese taught fifth and sixth grade band and general music for seven years in Cary, IL at Prairie Hill School. Palese is a member of the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Project, and the Vic Firth Education Team. Palese earned both his bachelor of music education and master of music education from VanderCook College of Music and cites Dr. Charles T. Menghini and Kevin Lepper as major influences on his teaching style.


Pre-registration ends 8/12/13
Member*           $65.00          
Non-Member      $80.00          
Undergraduate   $30.00  
On Site              $90.00       
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*All workshops have a discount for members of WMEA, NAfME or staff in WSMA member schools.

Graduate Credit Registration:

Registrants have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit for an additional fee of $220 when enrolled in both, Differentiation: How to Reach and Teach Special Needs Learners in the Music Classroom and Response to Intervention workshops. This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form (pdf) and mail it with a check for $220 (made payable to Viterbo university) to:

Mary Elsner

Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Dr
Waunakee, WI  53597

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Please do not send credit registrations to Viterbo University. If you are registering for more than one course, please include a separate check and Viterbo form for each course.

Viterbo University will email participants instructions for retrieving their grade reports online approximately 4-6 weeks after the course has been completed, after which time you may request a transcript. Transcripts may be requested directly from Viterbo by completing and mailing in a Transcript Request Form (pdf). Transcripts are $5 per transcript per request.

For more information on graduate credit opportunities, please visit the Graduate Credit Information page.

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