Early Childhood Education Program: Timberlane Learning Center
Ages Served: 3-5
Project Start Year: 2009-2010
Beginning Priority area: RTI early literacy and behavior
Implementation level as of 6/30/10: Tier 1 Behavior
Other Information: In 2010-2011 continuing PBIS and emergent Literacy training
(Timberlane Learning Center): The Timberlane Learning Center program (TLC) continues to make progress on implementing Tier I behavior supports. Changes in key staff positions did not interrupt the organized approach of the universal leadership team as new members were identified and trained in a seamless manner. The team formally rolled out the program based on the three expectations of Safety, Respect and Strive this year beginning with a parent informational program in the fall. Other positive preventative features of Tier I behavior support including the routine based matrix was revised based on feedback from last spring. A train theme, use of developmentally appropriate songs, props and art projects, and the idea of students as conductors have made the overall theme fun for students and staff. The first teaching rollout involved the routine of using the smart board technology (a first in any preschool program that I know of) and the second focused on hallway behavior. Train tickets have been developed and paired with specific verbal praise to acknowledge students for exhibiting the expected behaviors within the program routines. Challenging behaviors, definitions, appropriate corrective responses were approved by the team, administration and staff.
The focus on the remainder of the year will be on strengthening the acknowledgement system and making decisions on Tier 1 data collection given that the ECE data management system is not ready for implementation as hoped for at this time as well as any spring rollouts of additional routines. The team will make a decision this month on when to plan and implement Tier 2 supports (spring, summer or fall).
Elementary School 1: Sandown North Elementary School
Grades Served: 1-3
Project Start Year: 2008-2009
Beginning Priority area: Behavior
Implementation level as of 6/30/10: Behaviortier 1,2, and 3 (previous PBIS site) and blending in Literacy tier 1 and 2
Other Information: In 2010-2011 continuing to rceive Literacy tier 2 training
The primary focus area for Sandown has been PBIS since the 2008-09 year. Sandown North Elementary School continues to be an exemplar of systematic, data-based implementation of blending behavior and literacy supports within a three-tiered Response to Intervention framework. The school was recognized as a statewide exemplar when the Commissioner of Education invited them to present to the NH Task Force on Effective Teaching. The team has mentored staff in the district at professional development activities; presented training for Vermont schools involved in RTI for behavior and literacy and is regularly visited by school teams from NH and Vermont.
During 2010-11, the school continued to sustain the Universal Tier I system of supports. The Sandown North Tier II Targeted Team continues to use reflective practice and data-based decision making to improve and expand student access to Tier II supports. The initial intervention in the Tier II system, Teacher Check Connect & Expect was refined in the fall of 2009. Enhancements included the tightening of decision rules regarding dosage and success indicators and the development of an implementation manual to assist with training and technical assistance activities. The Sandown North Tier III Intensive Team spent the fall working to enhance professional relationships and building procedures and communication systems between the school and the Center for Life management (CLM), the public community behavioral health center. Monthly meetings were held and attended by two members of the CLM and members of the Tier III team. The team’s focus has been on expanding the team and refocusing on supporting Tier III students with additional school-based function-based behavior plans and other evidence-based supports. The expanded team began meeting in March and completed the baseline surveys and developed action plans for the rest of the school year. Students who are not responding to Tier III behavior supports have been scheduled and plans are in process.
Technical Assistance for literacy at Sandown North focused on supporting the Universal Team in developing a Literacy Action Plan with attention on Tier I. The Universal team has made considerable progress towards addressing the key components of a comprehensive literacy plan by evaluating current practices aligned with current research. The team determined the need to develop a clear vision / mission statement for literacy, to research and review effective evidenced based instructional literacy practices, to assess current instructional strategies and interventions, evaluate assessment tools available in district matched to student outcomes, and review available resources. A draft action plan has been created to address identified activities. The school selected a universal screening measure to pilot in January, 2011. All students were administered the benchmark screening.
Elementary School 2: Atkinson Academy
Grades Served: 1-5
Project Start Year: 2009-2010
Beginning Priority area: Literacy
Implementation level as of 6/30/10: Literacy tier 1
Other Information: In 2010-2011 continuing to receive Literacy tier 1 and tier 2 training
This K-5 school initiated their NH RESPONDS work in 2009-2010 with an emphasis on literacy instruction. Technical assistance for Atkinson Academy has focused on strengthening Tier I implementation practices and defining Tier 2 for literacy by discussing evidenced based practices, reviewing universal screening tools for all students and evaluating building resources. The school has made considerable progress in addressing Tier I and Tier II literacy issue by selecting and piloting two universal screening measures, developing guidelines and procedures for the Tier 2 Targeted team meetings, and establishing a timeline for rollout to staff.