Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students: Recent Programs

Help! This Student is Completely Out of Control! (January 9, 2017) If a student is highly volatile, unstable, reactive, and unsafe, there are a few things to bear in mind: (1) s/he didn't get that way overnight; (2) there must be many expectations the student is having difficulty meeting; (3) reducing those expectations -- Plan C -- is a very good way to get things stabilized; and (4) even if takes a lot of time and energy to stabilize that student, it's a lot less time and energy than that student is consuming when s/he's unstable. LISTEN NOW 

When Good Teachers Are Asked to Do Too Much (December 5, 2016) 
What happens when class size, systemic issues, and the overwhelming needs of students outstrip a teacher's capacity to respond adaptively? It can't be good... LISTEN NOW

CPS and the Three Tiers (November 7, 2016) 
If your school is implementing PBIS, you may be wondering which "tier" is the best fit for Collaborative & Proactive Solutions. The truth is, CPS is relevant to all three tiers. If that's the case, how important are the tiers? LISTEN NOW

Waterville Junior High: Let's Roll (September 12, 2016)
Our first program of the new school year was recorded live at Waterville (Maine) Junior High School, which had massive numbers of disipline referrals, detentions, and suspensions during the 2015-2016 school year. This year, led by principal Carole Gilley and assistant principal Doug Frame, they'll be implementing Collaborative & Proactive Solutions, with the goal of dramatically reducing those numbers. On this program, they received some guidance from school leaders who've been there and done that. LISTEN NOW 

Furious About Dysfunctional Discipline (May 9, 2016)
On the last program of the school year, we were able to respond to some callers and some emailers...including one teacher who's very frustrated by her school system's approach to students' challenging behaviors and is having difficulty changing the system on her own. LISTEN NOW

Does "This is Boring" Mean "I'm Not Motivated"?
(April 4, 2016) 
"This is boring" could mean many different things, all of which await discovery in the Empathy step of Plan B.  What are the odds that "I'm not motivated" is the student's concern? Slim and none. LISTEN NOW

School Values (March 7, 2016)
Many schools have mission statements, but not an explicit description of values. Many schools have delineated values but don't pay attention to them. But values are what should guide every decision and intervention every minute of the school day, so it's a good idea to know what they are. LISTEN NOW

Something's the Matter with this Picture (February 1, 2016)
On today's program, our panel responded to an email from an anguished teacher who was looking for some guidance on what went wrong with one of her students and his parents. LISTEN NOW

Fight or Flight Students (January 4, 2015)
As always, we covered lots of territory on today's program...including how CPS can help students who are in fight or flight mode and how to help kids who have very tough lives outside of school. LISTEN NOW

That's Not CPS! (November 9, 2015) 
Goodness, there sure are a lot of ways to stray from the CPS model...and we heard about a lot of them on this program! LISTEN NOW

Life Without Carrots and Sticks (October 5, 2015)
Those adult-imposed consequences that are so popular in schools these days...do we really need 'em? You can probably guess the answer... LISTEN NOW 

A Classic Case of Dueling Solutions (September 21, 2015)
What happens when parents and teachers skip concerns and jump straight to solutions? Probably nothing good. LISTEN NOW 

What Now For This Challenging Student? (May 4, 2015)
On this final program of the school year, one of our principals told us about a student whose behavioral challenges have been making life very difficult...for himself and her.  How best to get things on track? LISTEN NOW 

Why Isn't the CPS Model Being Implemented in Every School? (April 6, 2015)
Our principals weighed in on this question and lots of others. LISTEN NOW

The Least Toxic Response (March 2, 2015)
Schools abide by a least restrictive environment standard in placing kids in classroom settings...shouldn't schools also adhere to a least toxic response standard in helping students with behavioral challenges? LISTEN NOW

It's Never "Just" Poor Motivation (January 5, 2015)
Are there students who are simply unmotivated to do well, or is it always more complicated than that? Is motivation the engine or the caboose? Alas, this was a very interesting discussion...LISTEN NOW 

Lots to Learn About a Tough New Student (December 1, 2014)
Susan described a new student with some interesting and unexpected points of view...and the discussion started rolling from there. LISTEN NOW

Seismic Shift: Focusing on Problems Rather Than Behaviors (October 20, 2014)
Dr. Greene and the principals focused on a variety of topics on today's program, but probably the biggest: the importance of shifting away from focusing on behaviors (and modifying them) and toward the problems giving rise to those behaviors (and solving them). LISTEN NOW

Assumption Check (September 9, 2014)
It's that time of year again...the students are back, and the problems that were unsolved at the end of last school year are probably still unsolved now (except in British Columbia, where school hasn't started yet, due to mitigating circumstances). Today's program focused on assumptions about why students have difficulty meeting expectations, and whether we should start by assuming that they really can meet those expectations or immediately leap into solving problems collaboratively to find out why they're not.  An omen of programs to come...LISTEN NOW

"Learners" versus "Doers" (May 5, 2014)
Our guest on today's program was Tim Graves, Superintendent of Schools and Programs in the Near North District School Board in Ontario, Canada.  He has some interesting ideas about the characteristics of schools that successfully implement the CPS model (and those that struggle), and those ideas sparked a very interesting discussion among our group of principals. LISTEN NOW

Four Ways to Improve School Discipline (April 7, 2014)
The Educators Panel shared their thoughts on an article that recently appeared in the Christian Science Monitor (click here) in which recommendations for improving school discipline from the Discipline Disparities Collaborative were described. And they had some thoughts on a bunch of other things too! LISTEN NOW

After the Principal's Gone (March 3, 2014)
On this month's program, the Educators Panel tackled the question of how to ensure that CPS outlives a principal's tenure in the building...and then got an update from (and had some guidance for) the staff at Mallett School in Farmington, Maine, a school implementing CPS building-wide. LISTEN NOW 

Plan B Feeds Us Too (February 3, 2014)
What's crystal clear is that the CPS model is really helpful for behaviorally challenging (and other) students. But, among the various resounding messages from today's program, it's also clear that adults get a lot out of it too. LISTEN NOW

New Year's Resolutions (January 6, 2014)
Our group of educators has grown to four -- Susan, a school principal from Surrey, British Columbia has joined the Educators Panel -- and not only did they have guidance for schools just getting started with the CPS model...they also had their own New Year's Resolutions for moving the ball forward in their buildings. LISTEN NOW 

Building Momentum (December 9, 2013)
Dr. Greene and Educators Panel covered various topics during this program, including how to help colleagues change their view of behaviorally challenging students and the pros and cons (mostly pros) of having the principal involved in the core group (which both panelists are heavily in favor of). LISTEN NOW

Advice from Experienced Educators (November 4, 2013)
Ryan Quinn, principal of Kennebunk Elementary school, a school that is currently in the earlier stages of implementing the CPS* model, joined the Educators Panel on this episode. Mr. Quinn described implementation of the CPS* model in his building. The Panel reflected on their own experiences with implementation and offered guidance on many facets, including how to move forward once a core group has been established, handling staff members who are nervous about implementing a new method of discipline, the importance of communication with parents regarding Plan B, and how the CPS model is consistent with current research and best practice in education. LISTEN NOW

September Educators Panel: The Challenges of Implementing CPS* (September 9, 2013)
The students are back, and so is the Educators Panel!  Our principals shared what they're doing at the beginning of this school year to further implementation of Dr. Greene's model (now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions*), with some exciting developments at Nina's school and some strategizing at Carol's new school. Tom had some difficulty avoiding the term "collaborative problem solving" (Dr. Greene is now legally prohibited from using that name to refer to his model), but made excellent progress on that during the program. 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.