The Forum is named for Dr. Bob Gene Raines, a founder of the Forum and a participant since 1988.
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.
Mr. Kyle Rhodes
Bland County Public Schools
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 doctoral 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.
Teachers of the Year
At the Forum, we honor Teachers of the Year from our participating districts. Names of teachers honored at the Forum remain on the Forum web page.
Teacher Roundtable Workshops
Each year we invite McGlothlin Award Winners to conduct Teacher Roundtable Workshops For teachers and student teachers. We also invite the Virginia Teacher of the Year. This year, McGlothlin Award Winners Steve Sizemore and Allyson Willis and Virginia Teacher of the Year Latonya Waller will be with us.
You are invited to read about the history and purpose of the Forum and to send comments or suggestions.
Emory & Henry College gratefully acknowledges the support of these groups that help to make the Forum a success each year:
- Bristol City Public Schools
- Dickenson County Public Schools
- Galax City Public Schools
- Grayson County Public Schools
- Russell County Public Schools
- Smyth County Public Schools
- Tazewell County Public Schools
- Virginia Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa
- Washington County Public Schools
- Wythe County Public Schools
Previous Forum Speakers
Please visit our list of previous Forum speakers. This list provides several links to our former speakers. Occasionally these links need to be updated as people move about on the Internet. Let us know if you find a broken link.
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