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Toolkit > School-Level Implementation

Step 4: Implement Strategies

Establish foundational Tier 1 practices, such as schoolwide positive behavior expectations and a social-emotional learning curriculum. Develop and implement Advanced Tier (2/3) systems in the school including universal social-emotional screening, a request for assistance process, facilitated referral pathways for accessing community mental health services, and other evidence-based interventions.

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Action

(7a) Establish schoolwide positive behavior expectations and acknowledgment systems, as guided by the district plan, to serve as a consistent foundation for MTSS-B.

Tools

Developing a Schoolwide Behavior Expectation & Acknowledgment System

Review steps for creating and teaching Tier 1 positive schoolwide behavior expectations and acknowledgement systems

Sample Schoolwide Behavior Expectations

Use these examples as a springboard for creating your own schoolwide behavior expectations

Sample Schoolwide Behavior Acknowledgment System

See an example of an elementary-level behavior acknowledgment system

Action

(7b) Establish a schoolwide behavior response plan, as guided by the district plan, that is aligned with behavior expectations and focuses on restorative disciplinary policies and processes. Ensure consistency across the staff.

Tools

Designing a Schoolwide Behavior Response Plan

Articulate a schoolwide, consistent plan for staff response to student behaviors

Sample Minor vs. Major Behavior Matrix

See examples of how to define minor versus major problem behaviors to help guide staff responses to behavior

Sample Behavior Response Flowchart

Use these examples to help design your own schoolwide behavior response flow to support consistency amongst staff

Restorative Approaches to Addressing Student Behaviors

Incorporate disciplinary strategies that favor restorative and inclusive rather than punitive and exclusionary practices

Action

(7c) Implement a universal social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, as guided by the district plan, that aligns with schoolwide positive behavior expectations to aid both students and teachers in learning and applying SEL skills.

Tools

Selecting an SEL Curriculum

Review criteria for evaluating and selecting a high-quality social-emotional learning curriculum

Action

(8a) Implement a universal screening process as defined by the district plan. If screening is school-specific, select a universal social-emotional screener based on scholarly evidence, cost/resources, fit with other initiatives, and readiness/capacity to implement. Establish routines and procedures for administering the screener and collecting, managing, analyzing & sharing data. Ensure a response plan including adequate personnel and continuum of interventions in place to address needs.

Tools

Universal Screening Overview

Learn about a data-informed, universal social-emotional screening process to identify students with social-emotional and behavioral health needs

Universal Screeners Review

Review common universal social-emotional screening measures used in schools to determine the right fit for your district/school

Best Practices in Universal Screening for SEB Outcomes: An Implementation Guide

A comprehensive guide to the research supporting universal social-emotional screening and tips for implementing a screening process in your district/school

Action

(8b) Establish a request for assistance process as guided by the district plan, to be managed by an identified person (e.g., advanced tier team lead) and educate all stakeholders on process (e.g., school staff, community partners, students).

Tools

Request for Assistance Guidance

Develop a structured process by which staff, students, and parents can request advanced tier supports for a student

Sample Request for Assistance Form

Adapt this sample template to create your own advanced tier request for assistance form

Action

(8c) Develop community mental health facilitated referral pathway(s) as guided by the district plan, to assist youth with behavioral health needs and their families access community-based supports and services when indicated.

Tools

Developing Facilitated Referral Pathways

Learn ways to enhance “warm hand-offs” for students and their families to community-based mental health supports

Action

(8d) Select and implement advanced tier evidence-based practices (EBPs)/interventions, guided by district priorities/menu; identify professional development/coaching support needs of providers.

Tools

Selecting High Leverage Practices

Review a structured approach to selection of Tier 1, 2, and 3 practices that are feasible, culturally responsive, and that will meet student needs

Selecting Practices Tool

Use this tool to rate, and select your own high-leverage MTSS-B practices at Tier 1, 2, and 3

NIRN Hexagon Discussion Analysis Tool

Use this tool to assess the fit and feasibility of new and existing practices within your MTSS-B system

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