Lessons Learned From a Career Supporting School Reform Through RTI/MTSS, With Dr. George M. Batsche

    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Time displayed above is EST - The webinar will be available everywhere via Zoom

    Hear from RTI/MTSS expert, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. George M. Batsche. The majority of Dr. Batsche’s work has focused on systems of implementing academic and behavior interventions for at-risk students, and he has played a key role in advising the Branching Minds team in the development of our platform.

    You will hear insights and lessons learned from his career supporting school reform through RTI/MTSS, trends, and shifts he is seeing in RTI/MTSS, and how covid has or hasn’t affected those. You will be able to engage with him by asking questions about all aspects of RTI/MTSS, such as: 

    • Managing the mindset change from just a referral process for SpEd to a multi-tiered system of support for all students

    • Supporting a healthy problem-solving practice to facilitate the implementation of MTSS

    • The role of leadership within RTI/MTSS

    We have also gleaned insights on his predictions of the changes in education in 2021, and what educators should keep in mind this spring and next fall!


    About Dr. George Batsche

    Dr. George M. Batsche is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for School Reform at the University of South Florida. He is Co-Director of the Florida Statewide Problem-Solving/Response to Intervention Project for the Florida Department of Education. In addition, Dr. Batsche co-directs the Student Support Services, Shared Services Network and Coordinated Student Health Projects for the Florida Department of Education.

    Dr. Batsche has been massively influential in guiding Branching Minds' thinking and understanding of best practices 

    -- Dr. Eva Dundas, Chief Learning Officer


    In the past 15 years, Dr. Batsche has received more than $30 million dollars in grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Florida Department of Education and private foundations. The majority of his work has focused on systems of implementing academic and behavior interventions for at-risk students.

    Dr. Batsche's experience includes work as a university professor and researcher, school psychologist, district-level administrator, building principal and consultant to school districts and state agencies regarding implementation of problem-solving/response to intervention. Dr. Batsche is a co-author of the book, Response to Intervention: Policy Considerations and Implementation (2005), "Response to Intervention: Competing Views" in the journal, Assessment for Effective Intervention (2006), and "Statewide Implementation of Problem-Solving/Response to Intervention: The Florida Initiative" in the book The Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Assessment and Intervention (2007).


    Dr. George Batsche ‘s publications

    • Kincaid, D, & Batsche, G. (2016). Florida’s multi-tiered support system for academics and behavior. In K. McIntosh & S. Goodman (Eds.), Multi-tiered Systems of Support: Integrating Academic RtI and School-wide PBIS. Guilford Press.
    • March, A.L., Castillo, J.M., Batsche, G.M., & Kincaid, D. (2016). Relationship between systems coaching and problem-solving implementation fidelity in a Response to Intervention model. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 32(2), 147-177. doi: 10.1080/15377903.2016.1165326.
    • Castillo, J.M., Batsche, G.M., Curtis, M.J., Stockslager, K., March, A., Minch, D., & Hines, C. (2016). Problem Solving/Response to Intervention evaluation tool technical assistance manual – revised July 2016. Tampa, FL: Florida’s Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project, University of South Florida.
    • VanDerHeyden, Al., Burns, M., Brown, R, Shinn, M., Kukic, .S, Gibbons, K., Batsche, G., & Tilly, D. (2016). Rti works (When it is actually implemented). Education Week, 35(16).
    • Batsche, G. (2014). Multi-tiered systems of supports. In J. McLeskey, N. Waldron, F. Spooner, & B. Algozzine (Eds.), Handbook of Research and Practice for Effective Inclusive Schools. (pp. 183-196).NY: Routledge Publishers.
    • Batsche, G., (2013). Multi-tiered systems of support: A single system for ALL students. The Special Edge, 26 (3), 2-6
    • Hall, S., & Batsche, G. (Eds.) (2010). Addressing the challenges of implementing response to intervention (RTI). [Special Issue]. Learning disabilities: A multidisciplinary journal.


    Recent National and State Presentations to Learned Societies

    • Batsche, G.M. (2016, October). Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better do better. RtI Innovations Conference Keynote Address: Milwaukee, WI.
    • Batsche, G.M., & Elliott, J. (2016, October). Implementing a multi-tiered system of supports: District action planning. RtI Innovations Conference: Milwaukee, WI
    • Batsche, G.M. (2015). Legends in school psychology address. National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Orlando, FL
    • Batsche, G.M., (2015, October). The use of evidence-based practices in the implementation of multi-tiered system of supports at the district level. RtI-Innovations Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Batsche, G.M. (2015, February). Training school psychologists in the 21st century: Adapting to a changing world. Trainers of School Psychologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
    • Batsche, G.M., Castillo, J.M., Dorman, C., et al. (2014, February). Merging PBS and RtI; Florida’s multi-tiered system of supports project. National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.
    • Batsche, G.M., & Elliott, J.L. (2014, October). The use of an 8-step problem-solving process to facilitate implementation of MTSS. RtI Innovations Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Castillo, J.M., March, A., Stockslager, K., Brundage, A., Tan, S.Y., Batsche, G.M., & Curtis, M.J. (2013, February). The relationship between educator capacity and PS/RtI implementation. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Seattle, WA.