School Specialty Integrations Introduces the Innovative CATT(TM) Intervention System
GREENVILLE, Wis., Jan. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Specialty, Inc. (SCHS) , a worldwide provider of education solutions, introduces the CATT" (Classroom Accommodations, Techniques & Tools) Intervention System. A comprehensive, problem-solving system for the K-6 student, the CATT" Intervention System addresses the intervention areas that bridge the gap between straight academic and behavioral approaches. Over 85 evidence-based products, hundreds of instructional strategies and techniques, and individually-tailored professional development empower teachers with an intervention and progress monitoring system for work habits, organization, test taking and more underlying components that significantly impact school success. The CATT" Intervention System complements all of the research-based RtI curriculum School Specialty already offers including Academy of Reading®, S.P.I.R.E.®, and WORDLY WISE 3000®. The CATT" Intervention provides the foundation for curriculum success.
"Students are able to participate at higher levels within the classroom. Teachers are using a problem solving approach to teaching, which aligns perfectly with our RtI model," said Tom Childers, Principal of Sandy Ridge Elementary School. "The CATT" Intervention System provides tools which are easily accessible to teachers, provides teachers the opportunity to network about student struggles and creates a framework for progress monitoring."
The CATT" Intervention System is entering the second year of an independent research study at East Carolina University. Preliminary results indicate 86% of teachers agree that the use of CATT strategies has improved student success in the classroom. Additionally, 87% of teachers working with students already receiving special education services feel that the CATT" Intervention System has improved their ability to design appropriate interventions.
Furthermore, 100% of administrators agree that they have seen improved collection of data during the intervention process to determine success with individual students; the CATT" Intervention System is a high quality, research-based support to their special education program; and, teachers are more confident in identifying research-based strategies or accommodations since the implementation of the CATT Intervention System. Finally, 75% of administrators agree that students are receiving help more quickly and effectively since implementation of the CATT" Intervention System.
"Working with the dedicated professionals in education over the past 20 years, I've witnessed the challenges they face trying to help every child succeed," said Toni Schulken, MS, OTR/L, pediatric occupational therapist and inventor of the CATT" Intervention System. "The goal in creating the CATT" Intervention System is to make teaching and learning easier, and make the RtI process simple and effective to ensure student success."
Through the use of teacher education, proven teaching techniques, and evidence-based tools, the CATT" Intervention System supports underlying components to improve student performance in the classroom. The system is compliant with state and national curriculum standards and supports the RtI initiative within a school or district, as well as other intervention approaches. The CATT" Intervention System benefits all members of the educational team with intervention strategies, access to evidence-based resource tools and easy-to-use documentation. The system also addresses educational concerns for the growing number of English Language Learners.
About School Specialty Integrations
School Specialty Integrations offers a wide range of educational solutions for administrators, teachers, therapists and parents working with children that struggle to learn. The CATT" Intervention System is currently available through Integrations and has been sold in the US and Canada.
About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops, and provides preK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources, and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.
For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com .
CONTACT: Cecilia Cruse Education Manager, Integrations(TM) School Specialty, Inc.
Source: School Specialty, Inc. 2012 GlobeNewswire, Inc.