Friday, July 11, 2014

The Paradox of Evidence-Based Practice and the Straw Man of Standardized Tests

Across formal and informal discussions of treatments or interventions, health and education professionals often refer to evidence-based practice or practices (EBP) as if they were tangible things.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Teambuilding in RTI and Problem Solving

It seems that one of the secrets behind effective models of RTI is teambuilding - it's the interpersonal aspect of school change. What should consultants helping school districts do? What are some things to look for in the environment to indicate the need for teambuilding?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Failure to learn or failure to instruct?

Siegfried Engelmann wrote a paper called Diagnosing Instruction (available below), and I read this paper about 10 years ago. I've read it almost every year since and find myself as intrigued as I was when I began. Consistent with a philosophy major (he majored in philosophy), the writing in the paper reaches somewhat beyond the ordinary reader because its ideas are not only genuine, but because the writing holds a secret that only the best educators know: that when children fail to learn it's because there was a failure to teach something important.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

New Website for School Interventionists

My website has been updated ( as a resource page for interventionists. The new site includes much less about me and much more information for practitioners such as various live auto-update feeds with links to resources and tools as well as cutting edge applied research for teachers, school psychologists, and a variety of others. Please publicize this site if you think it to be useful! Thanks!