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Designing Tier 2 Interventions That Work

As practitioners in the field working with a variety of schools in developing academic and behavior systems, we have noticed the need for creating effective and practical Tier 2 interventions that work. We have found that Tier 2 interventions are often missing some critical markers, characteristics, and SMART goals in schools. To address this need, we developed an interactive handbook as a guide to help schools create or audit their current Tier 2 behavior system and all Tier 2 interventions. This interactive handbook can be used to help your PBIS, MTSS, or Leadership team take an intentional look at the effectiveness of your targeted behavior interventions. The excerpt below highlights the difference between a school with all the Tier 2 markers, characteristics, and SMART goals in place, in comparison to a school missing key components.

So what would you see if you visited a Silver Level PBIS Champion Model School and observed staff implementing one of their Tier 2 interventions? Based on your current knowledge, is School Environment A or School Environment B a Silver Level PBIS Champion Model School? Which school environment would you prefer to be a part of?

What is your school’s current state in relation to School Environment A and School Environment B? Reflect on your own—or if you feel comfortable, share in the comments below!

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Dr. Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan is an Educational Consultant and an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Fresno State University. She is also an educational consultant working with several school districts and county offices in California on designing and implementing effective behavior systems in schools and districts that work. She currently trains approximately 300 schools on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Champion Model System. She is the co-author of The PBIS Tier One Handbook. Follow Jessica on Twitter @jess_hannigan. Dr. John Hannigan holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies, Master’s in Educational Leadership, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno. He is currently in his seventh year as principal of Ronald W. Reagan Elementary in Sanger Unified School District, where under his leadership has earned California State Distinguished School, California Title I Academic Achievement Award for closing the achievement gap by the California Department of Education; a 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 California Honor Roll school by California Business for Educational Excellence; a 10 out of 10 similar school statewide ranking; 2008, 2010, 2012 winner of the Bonner Award for Character Education; 2013 Silver Level Model School recognition, and 2014 and 2015 Gold Level Model School recognition from Fresno County Office of Education for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. He also serves on Dr. Paul Beare’s, Dean of California State University, Fresno, Kremen School of Education and Human Development, Advisory Council. Dr. Hannigan resides in Fresno, California, with his wife Jessica and daughters Rowan and Riley. Follow John on Twitter @JohnHannigan75. John and Jessica are the authors of Don’t Suspend Me! An Alternative Discipline Toolkit.


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