District Progress Building a Tier 3 Foundation

posted Mar 25, 2014, 2:10 PM by Michelle Grimms   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 7:24 AM by Unknown user ]

Districts can build their capacity to support students with more complex behavior needs by building district structures and investing in a comprehensive professional development process. For example, Kankakee SD 111 garnered district-wide support for coaching and training PBIS systems in all schools in 2011. In 2012, most schools began implementing higher tiered intervention systems including Check-in Check-out (CICO).  The junior high, high school, and alternative school also began installing the wraparound-based RENEW process. Coaches and school teams also participated in training on function-based behavior planning followed by monthly technical assistance sessions. The investment in the foundations and ongoing coaching was evident in the successful evolution of interventions for a middle school student who was struggling with attendance, grades, and discipline. When the CICO process was not successful, the Problem Solving Team developed a function-based behavior plan.  Within two weeks, the student's attendance, referrals, suspensions, and grades improved. The success was cumulative, and within a one month period the student's grades had improved from all F's to passing three out of five classes.