Mass. Tiered System of Support
North Andover Tiered Behavioral Support Strategies
Core instruction that forms the base available for all students, in every classroom, and throughout the school.
- On-going direct instruction of school-wide positive behavior expectations and procedures (RAISE)
- Post school-wide expectations in view of all students
- Provide positive reinforcement for all students related to core expectations
- Provide consistent consequences for problem behaviors
- Effective procedures and supervision in non-classroom settings
- Phase-in social-emotional learning and/or social skills curriculum across all classes.
- Class-wide behavior management system (Zones of Regulation).
- Ensure that 6-8 positive gestures and comments are given per each corrective statement
- Arrange seating to prevent behavioral difficulties
- Include movement breaks and energizers during instructional periods
These targeted interventions are implemented based on a systematic procedure that identifies students who are non-responsive to Tier 1 and require additional support.
- Ongoing small group social skills instruction or school counseling
- Check in- check out systems (Student meets with a staff person to review target behavior in the morning and reviews the student’s performance in the afternoon)
- Self-monitoring systems (Student records success/failure in specific time intervals in classes)
- Behavior contracting, behavior charts (Student, staff, family agree on specific goals for specific behaviors, and are contingently rewarded)
- Daily report cards with reinforcement for increasing behavioral success
- Utilize charts and graphs to monitor student performance
- Contact parents to facilitate parent support/strategies and improve home-school communication
- Frequent behavior pre-correction
- Re-teach school-wide expectations
- Preferential seating or other room design modifications
- Arrangement of physical space/materials to minimize disruptive movement
- Disciplinary actions that minimize the loss of educational opportunities for students and that enable students to remain in school
- Consultation services provided by school psychologist, guidance counselor, special staff, etc.
- Incorporate stress-release activities or movement breaks
These interventions are highly individualized, intense supports based on non-responsiveness in previous tiers.
- Modification of social skills instruction (increase frequency, duration, intensity, and/or smaller group)
- Function based behavior planning
- Student receives a functional behavioral assessment
- Individualized, targeted behavior plan developed based on FBA. The plan addresses three pathways: 1. Supporting desired positive behaviors, 2. Reacting skillfully and safely to problem behavior, 3. Teaching and reinforcing functionally equivalent replacement behavior as an acceptable alternative.
- Multi-systemic wrap around services
- Increased parent collaboration and education
- Collaboration with student’s physician or mental health professional
- Intensive academic support (if needed)