Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students: Getting Started

Getting Started (program aired live on September 30, 2013)
On today's program, Dr. Greene was joined by Lisa Stathoplos, a special education teacher at York High School in Maine, who's been leading the charge for Collaborative & Proactive Solutions* in her school. Lisa told us about how she got the ball rolling in her building, how the core group was formed, and the challenges that lie ahead. LISTEN NOW

Start Small (program aired live on March 25, 2013)
The sheer number of behaviorally challenging students and unsolved problems can be quite overwhelming as a classroom teacher is just getting started on solving problems collaboratively. So start small...the faster you try to go, the longer it's going to take... LISTEN NOW

Key Ingredients for Getting the CPS* Ball Rolling (program aired live on November 16, 2009) 
How do you get the ball rolling on implementing the CPS* model in your school? That depends on where your school is at in terms of recognizing that the students with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges -- and their teachers and classmates -- aren't being well-served by disciplinary programs that rely heavily on rewarding and punishing. LISTEN NOW

A Vision for School Discipline (program aired live on November 23, 2009) 
In this program, Dr. Greene talks about the importance of having a "vision" for what discipline should look like in a school building. Having a vision starts with understanding that challenging behavior is a form of developmental delay...continues with using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) in a school's assessment procedures...and continues with creating mechanisms for school staff to become skilled at using Plan B. LISTEN NOW

Getting Buy-In (program aired live on January 4, 2010) 
How do we help school staff who are having trouble "buying into" CPS*?  What misconceptions and concerns do people have about both the conceptualization of challenging behavior as a developmental delay and the idea of solving problems collaboratively with students? LISTEN NOW

The Who, When, and What of Plan B (program aired live on January 11, 2010) 
Who's supposed to do Plan B with a behaviorally challenging student? Should it be a person -- like the assistant principal -- who is totally removed from the unsolved problem that set a student's challenging behavior in motion? Or should it be someone with whom the student has a good relationship and/or the adult who's part of the unsolved problem? Should Plan B take place in the heat of the moment or should it be proactive? What do we need to do in our schools to ensure that Plan B takes place at the right time and with the right people? 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.