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Invitation to Serve: Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Implementation and Transition Workgroup 2021-2023

The Purpose of the SLD Implementation Workgroup:

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The assistant superintendent of public instruction desires to convene a workgroup to advise the assistant superintendent on matters relating to implementation of a response to intervention (RTI) approach and transitioning away from the discrepancy approach for SLD evaluation and identification. The workgroup must include a culturally diverse and inclusive group of stakeholders from eastern and western Washington including, but not limited to parents, parent advocate organizations, special education experts, representation from urban and rural small, medium, and large-size districts, general and special education teachers, school administrators, school psychologists experienced using RTI or patterns of strengths and weaknesses (PSW) approaches for SLD evaluation and identification, English language learner experts, dyslexia experts, school superintendents, and educational service district representatives. Members of the workgroup must serve without compensation. Parents/families or parent advocacy groups may request expenses for childcare (with advance approval from OSPI).

Specific outcomes for this workgroup include: 1) By October 15, 2022, the workgroup must review the SLD Report: Recommendations for Evaluation Policy and Practice and proposed WAC rule changes and submit additional or alternative recommendations for transition to an RTI process and phaseout of the discrepancy method; and 2) Between 2021 and 2023, identify needs and barriers to implementation and submit recommendations for addressing needs and barriers to support efficient implementation of a SLD evaluation method based on a RTI process within the recommended timeline.

Language interpreters will be provided, upon request, for workgroup members who speak a language other than English.

Additional Expectations of the SLD Implementation Workgroup

If chosen for an appointment on the SLD Implementation Workgroup, you will be expected to:
  • Support a deeper understanding of the needs and barriers for implementation of an RTI process for SLD evaluation and identification.
  • Develop and refine resources for Washington families, community members, educators, administrators, and school districts.
  • Attend meetings via Zoom platform. Timely response to emails and meet deadlines as identified within the workgroup meetings.
  • Spend time beyond the workgroup meetings supporting the outcomes of the discrepancy phaseout.
  • If applicable, guarantee support from your supervisor/administrator to participate in the SLD Implementation and Transition Workgroup.
  • Appointments to the workgroup will be for two years.
The meeting schedule for the 2021-22 School Year
October 14-15, 2021 (1.5 days) Via Zoom Platform
Other Meetings: 8  to 12 meetings (2-4 hours) between fall 2021 and spring 2023: TBD

Application for the SLD Implementation and Transition Workgroup 2021-23
Timeline for Applicants:
Actions Expected Timeline
Application Opens May 15, 2021
Application Deadline June 30, 2021
Review of Applications and References July 10-Jul 22, 2021
Notification of Appointment to SLD Implementation and Transition Workgroup July 30, 2021
Appointees Accept or Decline Appointment to SLD Implementation and Transition Workgroup August 13, 2021

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