Austin Buffum

Austin Buffum

Austin Buffum, EdD, has 46 years of experience in public schools. His many roles include serving as former senior deputy superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District in California.

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Austin Buffum

Austin Buffum, EdD, has 46 years of experience in public schools. His many roles include serving as former senior deputy superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District in California. Dr. Buffum has presented in over 500 school districts throughout the country and around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, and Singapore.  He delivers trainings and presentations on the RTI at Work™ model. This tiered approach to RTI is centered on Professional Learning Communities at Work™ concepts and strategies to ensure every student receives the time and support necessary to succeed. Dr. Buffum also delivers workshops and presentations that provide the tools educators need to build and sustain PLCs.

Dr. Buffum was selected 2006 Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. He attended the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was greatly inspired by its founder, Roland Barth, an early advocate of the collaborative culture that defines PLCs today. Dr. Buffum later led Capistrano’s K–12 instructional program on an increasingly collaborative path toward operating as a PLC. During this process, 37 of the district’s schools were designated California Distinguished Schools and 11 received National Blue Ribbon recognition.

Dr. Buffum is coauthor of Generations at School.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Dr. Buffum earned a bachelor of music and received a master of education with honors. He also holds a doctor of education from Nova Southeastern University.

Common Core

Common Core experts will work with you to ensure you have the capacity and know-how to embed the standards throughout your practice. Work with them to unpack standards and align instruction and assessment practices to the Common Core standards across content areas.

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PLC at Work™

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.

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RTI at Work™

RTI at Work™ experts focus on learning for all students and will empower you to build your own timely, targeted, and systematic intervention program. Work with them to implement a results-driven program that provides targeted instruction at all tiers of intervention.

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Presentation titles by Austin Buffum

  • The Four Cs of RTI: Rethinking and Simplifying RTI
  • Pyramid Response to Intervention
  • Designing and Implementing Interventions (RTI) Around CCSS
  • Making the Case for PLCs
  • Building a Guiding Coalition: The First Step in the PLC Process
  • Supporting RTI From the Central Office Perspective
  • Learning CPR: Creating Powerful Responses When Kids Don’t Learn
  • Tiers Without Tears: Successful Implementation of RTI by Building Upon PLC Practices
  • The Power of PLCs

“Thank you very much for a deeper understanding and a greater appreciation for helping all kids succeed.”

—Kim Cave, principal, Dale Street School, Massachusetts

“This was a highly effective and positive workshop. You presented the RTI framework in a manageable way that will directly and positively impact our students.”

—Catherine Sowa, elementary teacher, Greater Amsterdam School District, New York