Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Grand Hall, Abingdon, Virginia, Tuesday, March 29, 6:00pm
Kyle Rhodes will be the feature speaker at this year's annual B.G. Raines Education Forum on March 29th at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia.
Kyle Rhodes is the superintendent of Bland County Public Schools with over thirty-two years of experience in public education. A 1978 graduate of Emory & Henry College, Mr. Rhodes has served public education as a teacher, coach, principal and central office administrator prior to assuming his present responsibilities as superintendent. He will defend his doctorate degree at Virginia Tech this spring on the topic of Response to Intervention.
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a scientifically based instructional intervention provided to children based upon their needs. As a result of the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act in 2004, schools now have the opportunity to document a child’s response to instructional intervention as a methodology to assist the school in making instructional decisions for a child. Focused at the primary level at this point, K-3, such an approach to instruction may be expanded over time to all levels of public schooling. In his doctoral dissertation, Kyle Rhodes has created a model, evaluated by nationally known educators and experts on RTI from across the country, that has allowed him to create an evaluative instrument: the Response to Intervention Innovation Configuration Map, which allows schools to design and implement a school-based RTI Program. Mr. Rhodes will be sharing what he has learned through his research. It is certainly cutting edge.
In August 1988, the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund awarded Emory & Henry College a grant to develop a model program for collaboration and cooperation between the College and public schools.
One goal of this grant was to develop an annual education forum to bring together individuals from Emory & Henry, surrounding schools, business, and industry to establish an on-going dialogue regarding educational needs and opportunities. The yearly forum is intended to initiate and foster this dialogue, to address these needs, and to make plans for continued collaboration to bring about improved education in the region.
In 2006, the forum was renamed the B.G. Raines Education Forum in honor of Dr. Bob Raines for his lifetime of service to education in our region. The forum is presented by Emory & Henry College.
The Forum is free and open to the public. Registration is required. All school teachers, students in teacher education, school officials, and civic leaders interested in education are encouraged to register and attend.