Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students: Anytown High School

Anytown High School #19:  Did I Drill Far Enough? (program aired live on May 14, 2012)
In this, our final Anytown High School program for this school year, one of our core group members asked about whether she drilled far enough on the unsolved problem (skipping class) of one of her students. Both Dr. Greene and the other core group members were happy to pitch in on that. (By the way, Dr. Greene unknowingly had himself muted at the beginning of the program, so you'll need to wait a minute after the introduction before the program begins.) LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #18: Time Well Spent (program aired live on April 30, 2012)
Which takes more time? Applying "uninformed" solutions to students' behavior problems, based on little or no information about the factors truly underlying the behavior...or spen ding the time to gather that information so as to work toward "informed" solutions? LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #17: I'm Glad I Know That Now (program aired live on March 9, 2012)
Amazing what adults learn about kids in the Empathy step...especially when the adults leave their preconceived notions at the door. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #16 (program aired live on February 13, 2012)
On today's program, one of the educators at Anytown told us about a Plan B she'd attempted with a student in which the Empathy step became contentious. It turns out she had entered the Empathy step with a theory about the unsolved problem she was discussing...and that theory made it hard for her to achieve the primary goal of the Empathy step: information gathering (rather than theory verification). LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #15 (program aired live on January 30, 2012)
A very interesting, informative discussion today about "clumping" versus "splitting" unsolved problems. Listen in to see what that means! LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #14 (program aired live on December 12, 2011)
Our friends at Anytown High School have been doing a lot more Plan B lately...and that means they're gathering a lot of information about what's making it hard for their students to learn and behave appopriately, and getting a lot of problems solved. That's about as exciting as it gets in the CPS* Territories. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #13 (program aired live on October 24, 2011)
Very interesting discussion about why it's so important to understand a student's concern or perspective on a given unsolved problem...if we don't achieve that understanding, then we'll be relegated to solutions that don't address the student's concerns (and that don't solve the problem either). LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #12 (program aired live on October 17, 2011)
Anytown High School has arrived at the "hump": the point at which the lenses of CPS* are starting to feel right and they're now clear that a lot of their students need CPS*...but they're just getting good at Plan B...and they're starting to feel a little overwhelmed. A tempting time to go back to what wasn't working all along...but rather the time to prioritize, systematize, and help more staff become proficient at Plan B. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #11 (program aired live on September 26, 2011)
Another productive session with the staff at Anytown High School today...we reviewed aspects of the model the members of the core group were still struggling with and began talking about  a new student who they feel would benefit from CPS*.  We also spent some time talking about what happens when you assume. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #10 (program aired live on September 19, 2011)
Today was our first session of the new school year with the staff at Anytown High School. We met the new members of the core group, provided them with an overview of the CPS* model, and answered some initial questions.  A good start. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #9 (program aired live on May 23, 2011)
What better to do on the final program of the school year than to spend one last session with the staff at Anytown High School?  We discussed the progress Anytown has made in implementing the CPS model this year, along with some goals for where to pick things up again next year. LISTEN NOW   

Anytown High School #8 (program aired live on May 16, 2011)
On today's program, we revisited the necessity of working on unsolved problems proactively and systematically, rather than dealing with problems (emergently) when they pop up on a particular day. We also focused on how to get past some of the things kids say (we called them "show-stoppers") that seem to stall the process of drilling for information.  LISTEN NOW 

Anytown High School #7 (program aired live on May 9, 2011)
On today's program, the staff at Anytown reported on their progress in using Plan B with two of their behaviorally challenging students.  One student responded quite well to Plan B. But it was the other student who helped us learn about some of the ways in which the process can run aground. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School #6 (program aired live on April 25, 2011)
The staff at Anytown had a new student to talk about today.  So we did the usual:  we identified lagging skills and unsolved problems, thought about whether the unsolved problems were specific enough, figured out who was going to take primary responsibility for solving each problem, and still had time left for some role-playing.  Now comes the hard part. LISTEN NOW 

Anytown High School, Session #5 (program aired live on April 11, 2011)
On today's program, the staff at Anytown High School reported on their initial attempts at using Plan B with a behaviorally challenging student...and got some feedback so they can do it even better the next time. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School, Session #4 (program aired live on March 14, 2011)
In this program, the staff at Anytown High learned about the Empathy step of Plan B, and plan to take things for a trial run before the next program. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School, Session #3 (program aired live on February 28, 2011)
Dr. Greene continued helping the staff at Anytown High use the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems to understand one of their most challenging students and identify the unsolved problems that are contributing to her challenging episodes. LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School, Session #2 (program aired live on February 18, 2011)
The staff at Anytown High School got some practice using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems to view the difficulties of a challenging student through new lenses and identify specific problems that need to be solved.  To be continued... LISTEN NOW

Anytown High School, Session #1 (program aired live on January 31, 2011)
This is the first session of Dr. Greene's work with the staff at "Anytown High School", a real school with real staff and real students with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges...and a real desire to learn about and implement CPS*.  LISTEN NOW

*Dr. Greene is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach -- and referred to his model by that name in his articles, chapters, research papers, and books prior to 2013 -- but now calls his model Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Read more here.