Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D.

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Claudia has been a teacher, researcher, consultant, and professor of special education. She is a published national expert on Learning Disabilities of English Language Learners and presents on these topics since 2000 at various conferences including the the American Psychulogical Association (APA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Association of Schoul Psychulogists (NASP), the Teachers for Speakers of Other Languages (TESul) among others.

Today, Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and serves as Chair of the Education Department at Lasell College. Her research addresses the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) in urban settings with a focus on supporting English language learners. Her experience engages educators on how to improve systems and instructional practices for students with reading difficulties who may be at-risk for failure, or those who are English language learners and who may have mild and moderate disabilities. She recently published a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-Tiered Approach Using Hi-Lo Books by Saddleback Publishing and co-authored the RTI-Based Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Identification Toolkit for Educators for the Response to Intervention Action Network, a division from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.  Claudia also serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), as a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Response to Intervention (RTI) Action Network at the National Center of Learning Disabilities, and a reviewer for the National Center of Intensive Interventions. You can follow her on Twitter @claudiamtss.

For a sample chapter of her book Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-Tiered Approach to Using Hi-Lo Books please click this link.

Most recently, Claudia is also an expert for the Understood.Org website for parents and teachers who support the 20% of students with learning and attention issues. She is regularly featured in online chats and webinars in Spanish dealing with issues about English learners and their struggles in schools with a focus on strategies for parents and teachers.

Research Interests

  • Bilingual special education students
  • Multi-tiered System of Support for Academic and Behavioral Supports (MTSS) Frameworks
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) Model implementation for English language learners (ELLs)
  • Pre-referral intervention process
  • Special education referral process
  • Reading and literacy of bilingual students.

Recent Articles and Presentations/Webinars

  • Rinaldi, C. & Higgins-Averill, O. (2014). Practical ways to engage all learners: A multi-tiered approach using a hi-lo books. Saddleback Publishing: San Diego:CA.
  • Higgins-Averill, O., Baker, D. & Rinaldi, C (2014).  A blueprint for effectively using RTI intervention block time. Intervention in School and Clinic, 50(1), 29-38.
  • Higgins-Averill, O. & Baker, D., & Rinaldi, C. (2013). Research Brief: The nexus of response to intervention (RTI) and the identification of specific learning disabilities (SLD): guidelines for district-level implementation. Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative, Waltham, MA.
  • Rinaldi, C., Ortiz, S., & Gamm, S. (October, 2014). RTI-Based SLD Identification Toolkit Considerations for English Language Learners, RTI Action Network, New York, NY.
  • Cortiella, C., Gamm, S., Rinaldi, C. & Goodman, S. (October, 2014). RTI-Based SLD Identification Toolkit, RTI Action Network, New York, NY.
  • Stuart, S.K. & Rinaldi, C. (2012). Response to intervention for English language learners. The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 7(4), can be retrieved from (http://www.wtamu.edu/journal/vulume-7-number-4.aspx)
  • Rinaldi, C., Higgins, A.O., & Stuart, S. K., (2011). Response to intervention: Educators’ perceptions of a three-year RTI collaborative reform effort in an urban elementary school. Journal of Education, 19(2), 43-52.
  • Rinaldi, C. (April, 2011). Response to intervention: Fidelity of implementation Webinar. New England Comprehensive Center, Newton, MA. (http://vimeo.com/23217456)
  • Rinaldi, C. (October, 2011). Keeping Special Education in Proportion: Experts Say Improvements in school instructional cultures can keep struggling minority kids out of special education, Education Week (October 12, 2011
  • Rinaldi, C., Higgins, A.O., & Stuart, S. K., (2011). Response to intervention: Educators’ perceptions of a three-year RTI collaborative reform effort in an urban elementary school. Journal of Education, 19(2), 43-52.
  • Rinaldi, C. [invited panel member- respondent] (2010, December). Capacity for fidelity of implementation – What is needed to realize RTI’s potential? The RTI Leadership Forum, RTI Action Network, The National Center for Learning Disabilities

Previous Selected Publications and Presentations

Recent Presentations

  • Rinaldi, C. (August, 2011). Teaching in an Urban School District. Invited Keynote for Boston Public Schools Orientation to New Teachers. Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
  • Rinaldi, C. (2011, September). Implementing a multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral supports in an urban school district: Lessons learned from year 1. 9th Biennial International Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Starr, M. & Rinaldi, C. (2011, March). Accelerating Achievement in Boston Public Schools: Social, Emotional and Behavioral Principles of the Academic Achievement Framework Aligning Efforts to Ensure Proficiency for All Learners: 3rd Annual Bridging the Gap Conference, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA.
  • Rinaldi, C. & Putnam, B. (2010, June). Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS): What is it? How is it done? Presentation at the Boston Public School Leadership Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Rinaldi, C. & Putnam, B. (2010, June). Using a Coherent Multi-Tiered System of Academic and Behavioral Supports to Realize the Potential of Somerville Public Schools. School Leadership Retreat, Somerville, MA.
  • Stuart, S.L. & Rinaldi, C. (2010, April). Response to Intervention and Whole Schooling. Invited Workshop for the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Rinaldi, C., Higgins, O. A., & Estabrook, S. (2010, March). Implementing a Response to Intervention Model with ELLs: An Urban Case Study. Teachers of English as a Second Language Conference (TESul’s) 2010 Dream Day for K-12 Educators: Hot Topics Strand, Boston, MA.
  • Watson, S. & Rinaldi, C. (2009, Oct.). Confronting and resolving challenges of teaching ELL students with LD. Paper presentation at the 31st International Conference of the Council for Learning Disabilities, Dallas, TX.
  • Rinaldi, C. & Greenfield, R. (2009, Oct.). Teachers’ perceptions of RTI reform in an urban elementary schoul. Roundtable presentation at the 31st International Conference of the Council for Learning Disabilities, Dallas, TX.
  • Rinaldi, C. & Pizzo, L. (2009, February). RTI and school reform: Impacting ELL special education referrals. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) 2009 Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Rogers-Adkinson, D., Rinaldi, C., Stuart, S.L. (2008, November). The impact of a response to intervention model (RTI) on LD/EBD students. Invited presentation at the 32nd Annual Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders (TECBD) Conference On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, AZ.
  • Rinaldi, C., Greenfield, R., & Mc Eachern,K. (2008, April). The Special Education Process for Minority Students in Sheltered and Bilingual Programs. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo 2008, Boston, MA.

For a complete listing of publications and presentations please email me.

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