Is RTI a billion-$$ boondoggle?

The Concept Of RTI: Billion-Dollar Boondoggle
by Beverley Holden Johns, James M. Kauffman, and Edwin W. Martin.

The writers argue that RTI and iterations known as tiered frameworks for education (e.g., one known as a multi-tiered system of supports, MTSS) are being widely implemented without necessary research confirming their superiority to the framework created in 1975 and known generally as IDEA. Widespread implementation of RTI and similar frameworks without reliable research evidence of their superiority to IDEA could, like many other efforts to improve education without reliable empirical evidence, be a very expensive mistake.

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Penn State position

Hi everyone,

As a reminder,

We’re looking for a new faculty colleague at Penn State who is knowledgeable about evaluating educational interventions for children with or at risk for high-incidence disabilities using experimental or quasi-experimental methodologies. A draft position description is now posted below and under the “positions in higher ed” category. There are many opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations with renowned faculty in education, psychology, sociology, and related fields across Penn State. The Social Science Research Institute, which is co-funding the position, is absolutely first rate in its support of cross-college collaborations, and has dedicated resources for initial support of promising educational research activities. The campus is idyllic, and the quality of life is high. Please consider applying!

Best wishes,


Director for Juniper Gardens Children’s Project

Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, one of the most successful efforts to build collaboration between local community and scientific research teams in educational history, requests nominees for its third director in its 50-year history. The position will carry a joint appointment with the University of Kansas  Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies and Applied Behavioral Science.

The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) has a rich history for outstanding contributions to the scientific literature. Currently 11 Ph.D.-level researchers are examining a diverse array of questions associated with improving outcomes for children. Research teams focus on ways to (a) improve learning and development in young children; (b) promote social, behavioral and academic school success; (c) develop advanced measurement systems to inform and improve practice; (d) advance autism research to improve practice and outcomes; and (e) build capacity to implement evidence-based practices.

As developed in detail at the KU employment site, the position will have specific duties and offer unique opportunities. Qualified applicants should apply online:

Department Chair of Inclusive Education at Kennesaw State University

Reporting to the Dean of the Bagwell College of Education, the chair serves as the academic and administrative leader of the Inclusive Education Department and is the department representative in all official communications. The chair is expected to collaborate with faculty across the college and with other campus units, school districts, and external agencies. Typically, the chair teaches one class per year. The position is a 12-month appointment, and the salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Complete information and application process available at Position remains open until filled.