Full Attendance for the 6th Annual RTI/MTSS Conference

Full Attendance for the 6th Annual RTI/MTSS Conference

On June 6-8, more than 420 educators from across the state filled the Fargo Holiday Inn for the 6th annual RTI/MTSS conference, making the 2016 conference the largest one to date. 20 breakout sessions featured topics such as MTSS behavior, CHAMPS training, differentiated instruction, formative assessment, culturally responsive classrooms, MTSS implementation, and more. Attendees also got to hear from five national experts in the field: Dr. Randy Sprick, Diane Heacox, Mike Booher, Shannon Harken and Heather Simonich. The conference was a huge success,with a lot of positive feedback and multiple prize winners!



Each year, the RTI/MTSS Conference sees new faces, and this year there were nearly 150 fist-time attendees!

Positive Feedback

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Conference participants reported very positive feedback, with over 95% of ateendees stating they believe what they learned at the conference would help them improve in their profession, as well as have a positive impact on their students.

Attendees also reported having learned a variety of different strategies and information, such as “CHAMPS plans,? “differentiation strategies,? “formative assessment strategies,? “using data in progress monitoring,? “information on childhood traumatic stress,? and “the MTSS framework.?

What do the attendees have to say?

  • “This was a fabulous conference. I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow in my ability to make a positive impact on my students.?
  • “Thanks for an amazing conference! I am leaving with more information/takeaways than I thought I would!?
  • “Thank you for another great conference. I look forward to this conference every year.?
  • “I felt the conference was very well organized and the speakers/topics were great.?
  • “A very well-organized conference for a broad view of MTSS as a whole!?
  • “As a first time attendee, I felt that the variety of breakout sessions was good.?

Notable stats

  • 97.4% reported that what they learned at this conference will help them improve in their profession.
  • 98.5 agree that what they learned at this conference will make a positive impact on their students.
  • 97.4% would recommend this conference to others.
  • 93.9% were satisfied with the content covered at the conference.

Everyone loves prizes!


Each year, the conference wraps up by giving out tons of fabulous door prizes for attendees who turn in a completed evaluation form. This year’s prizes included an iPad mini, iPad touch, CHAMPS books, Hot Dots for grades 1-5, audible gift cards, REWARDS literacy intervention curriculum, Osmo Genius kits, and a variety of RTI/MTSS books.

Grand Prize winners:

  • iPad mini and carrying case: Lynette Johnson, Bismarck High School
  • iPod touch and case: Sara Medalen, Minot’s Sunnyside Elementary

Other winners shown by city:

Alexander: Shannon Faller, Lesa Gowing, Erica Turnquist  |  Bismarck: Shanna Crouse, Lindsey Dirk, Rhonda Goetz, Rachael Heggen, Kim Hertz, Linda Hoag, Greg McKay, Danica Nelson, Angela Richter, Kathy Rooke, Jesse Scalzo, Colette Vedvick, Toni Zinke | Bowbells: Kiara Crosby, Steph St. Croix  |  Carrington: Traci Lura, David Nowatzki, Michele Seil, Tressa VanRay  |  Dickinson: Andrea Dvorak, Merrill Fahlstrom, Melanie Hanel, Jennifer Nokes, Toril Sanford, Nicole Walker  |  Fargo: Jessica Hegseth, Sonia Nistler  |  Grafton: Jessica Pankow    |  Horace: Lyndsey Simonson  |  Jamestown: Deborah Hanson, Mari Stilwell |  Kindred: Jennifer Stroh  |  Langdon: Linda Hope  |  Lidgerwood: Noreen Anderson, Cynthia Arndt, Paulette Lejer  |  Litchville–Marion: Terri Velure  | Manvel: Penny Clemetson  |  Milnor: Emma Bellmore, Chelsey Pederson | Minot: Erin Jacobson, Amber Kaylor  |  Richland: Melissa Hudson  |  Steele: Mundi Schmidt  |  ValleyCity: Carol Gulka, Connie Schlittenhardt | Velva: Kari Cadwell, Julie Froshaug  | Wahpeton: Joyce Holkup  |  West Fargo: Dakota Breen, Brita Bostad, Meghan McAllister, Dawn Miller, Melisa Toepke-Peterson

**Presenter PowerPoints and handouts are available to view and download. Visitwww.ndrti.com and click on “ND RTI/MTSS Conference 2016 in the left sidebar.