Professional Development

Schools implementing MTSS create action plans for continuous ongoing professional development. School planning teams dedicate time during staff meetings and inservices to work directly with faculty members in implementing MTSS. Some inservices are dedicated to learning more about prevention of behavior while other inservice times are dedicated to communicating, trouble shooting, reviewing data and consensus building activities. Districts involved in MTSS for behavior review all professional development decisions based on a 3-5 year action plan to make sure that funds are being spent in ways that directly support MTSS implementation efforts. School planning team members and faculty document professional development knowledge, action, and impact efforts related to MTSS activities. The links in these pages contain ideas that can be used in staff meetings and inservices and information about best practice efforts in professional development.

California Department of Education’s Positive Environments, Network of Trainers (PENT) Website
Especially useful on this rich website is the BSP (Behavior Support Plan) Desk Reference Manual. The site also includes eight Training Guides, which are detailed lessons plans (including PowerPoint presentations) for teaching, role playing, practicing, etc. the following topics associated with Behavior Support plans in educational settings:

1. Behavior Support Forms & Section 4 Defining Behavior

2. Environmental Factors

3. Environmental Factors

4. Functional Factors

5. Teaching and Reinforcement

6. Reactive Strategies

7. Behavioral Goals

8.  Data Collection Forms & Communication and Teaming

Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior
The modules were designed with practitioners in mind and are meant to address the social-emotional needs of young children. Preschool and Infant/Toddler training modules are both available through this resource site. Presentations, handouts and video clips are all available for download.

Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project Modules
These modules introduce school-wide positive behavior support to school planning teams.

Maryland’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Project Tutorial
These modules introduce school-wide positive behavior support to school planning teams.

Positive Beginnings: Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behavior
Hanline, M.F., Wetherby, A., Woods, J., Fox, L., and Lentini, R. (2004)
Topics of modules include social and communication development, determining meaning of challenging behavior, positive behavior interventions and supports, teaming to build a behavior support plan, intervention in everyday settings, and supporting families

Special Connections
These online modules provide tools, resources and case study examples for educators within the categories of instruction, collaboration, assessment, and behavior support planning. The site is designed for use as a professional development resource.

Teaching Tools for Young Children

Lentini, R., Vaughn, B.J., & Fox, L. (2005). Creating Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior [CD-ROM]. (Early Intervention Positive Behavior Support, The Division of Applied Research and Educational Support 13301 Bruce B. Downs Tampa, FL 33612).

This online manual is a supplement to a “Teaching Tools” CD. The manual presents practical strategies in helping young children with problem behavior. The strategies are based on research and evidence-based practices in positive behavior support.

Understanding Problem Behavior: An Interactive Tutorial
This is an online module that can be used to learn more about the principles of behavior. This self guided learning opportunity is free and can be used to support faculty who are interested in learning more about Tiers 2 and 3.

University of Kansas Online Academy PBS Modules
The Online Academy modules provide an introduction to positive behavior support planning for students needing individualized plans at Tiers 1 and 2.

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