Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students: More Is Better

Perspectives on Newtown from Educators and Law Enforcement (program aired live on December 17, 2012)
The Newtown tragedy has affected us deeply. On this program, Dr. Greene interviews Officer Jon Shapiro from the Maine State Police, Kathy Busquet, a finalist for Teacher of the Year in Maine, and Nina D'Aran, a principal in Maine, for their perspectives on the tragedy, how it has affected those around them, and what can be done to prevent future tragedies. LISTEN NOW

Modify the Students or Modify the School? (program aired live on October 15, 2012)
Dr. Greene responded to lots of questions on this program. Can a school nurse help a behaviorally challenging student who has alienated all of the other adults in the building (and is well down the path toward alienation as well)? Can a student with behavioral challenges do well in a school emphasizing obedience to rules and regulations...or is it time to consider a different school? LISTEN NOW

Does the Student Need More Than Plan B? (program aired live on September 24, 2012)
Lots of good questions were discussed on this program, including how to determine whether a child would benefit from extra assistance from, for example, an occupational therapist or speech/language therapist...and how to use Plan B to address problems affecting the entire class. LISTEN NOW

What's the Plan For Fighting? (program aired live on September 17, 2012)
It was back to the email today on Collaborative Problem Solving at School, and Dr. Greene responded to some very interesting questions, including the most effective approach to fighting at school. LISTEN NOW

Handcuffed (program aired live on April 23, 2012)
The magic isn't in what schools do after a student is sent to the office...that's reactive intervention.  The magic is in what schools do before a student is sent to the office in the first place...that's proactive, and it works a lot betterLISTEN NOW

CPS* and FBAs, IEPs, RTI, NCLB, ETC. (program aired live on February 27, 2012)
Dr. Greene's guest today on Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students was Julie Benay, principal at Mallets Bay School in Colchester, Vermont. A great discussion about...well, the title pretty much tells the tale. LISTEN NOW

Individual At-Risk Plans (program aired live on December 19, 2011)
Is is a good idea to identify and track at-risk students? Of course! And the CPS* model provides schools with the paperwork to help schools do it: the ALSUP, the Plan B Flowchart, and the Plan B Cheat Sheet. LISTEN NOW

What Problems Can Be Solved Collaboratively? (program aired live on November 22, 2010)
To what problems can the CPS* model be productively applied? (Hint:  it would be easier to identify the unsolved problems to which CPS* can't be applied.)  How do you help colleagues at school embrace the CPS model? LISTEN NOW

No Turning Back Now (program aired live on October 25, 2010) 
Today's program aired live from the Child Assessment Unit at Cambridge City Hospital, an inpatient psychiatry unit that has eliminated its use of locked-door seclusion and virtually eliminated the use of physical and chemical restraint. What's been accomplished on this inpatient unit has implications for what can be accomplished in schools as well. LISTEN NOW

Can We Help This Student? (program aired live on September 27, 2010)
In this program, Dr. Greene responded to an email he received from an educator who'd done her best to help a challenging student, against some tall odds. He also discussed how solving problems (collaboratively) teaches kids many of the skills they're lacking. LISTEN NOW

Welcome Back! (program aired live on September 20, 2010) 
Alright, summer's over and it's time to get back to the challenge of implementing Collaborative & Proactive Solutions* at school so as to understand and help behaviorally challenging students (and help their classmates and caregivers at the same time). Implementing the CPS* model is hard work...but nowhere near as hard as not implementing the CPS* model! Why do challenging kids respond adaptively in some frustrating situations but not in others? Are diagnoses useful? Are formal evaluations helpful? Is it realistic to have 12 staff in a school system of 55,000 students be the ones solely responsible for handling behavior problems...and in only 2-3 weeks time? 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.