It’s February! Do you know where your students are? Who’s succeeding? Who’s struggling? Who’s not growing and may need something different?
While these questions are always top of mind for Response to Intervention (RTI) in academics, they’re critical for behavior too! The good news is, with Kickboard, you already have the tools you need for a successful behavior RTI model for ALL tiers!
For this post, a little refresher on Tier I Behavior RTI - it’s a model you put in place to support ALL students behaviorally at ALL times. Here’s a simple set of ingredients for a successful Tier I system:
Consistent Kickboard Culture Implementation + Early Warning System + Differentiated Supports
Ingredient #1: Consistent Kickboard Culture Implementation
Consider the age-old triangle representation of RTI. Your Kickboard implementation supports every student in your school--i.e. the entire triangle. You and your team, with the help of your Kickboard partners, have determined a school-wide plan for:
Of course, should your school be off-track with consistency, whether it’s a matter of not all teachers tracking behaviors, a variance in usage between departments, or significant differences in positivity, please consider addressing these issues first! You, the leader, must lead the charge! Your leadership of consistent, campus-wide Kickboard culture routines make up your Tier I system of support helping most, if not all, students behave successfully.
Ingredient # 2: Early Warning Systems
Do you feel like you spend all your time responding to those “squeaky wheels” or their frustrated squeaky teachers? This reactive approach can really eat up your time! It doesn’t necessarily identify all kids with behavior needs, nor is it consistent.
With Kickboard, you can easily set up early warning systems to serve as your universal screener for behavior. Here are a few examples of how some of our successful school leaders proactivel use Kickboard to decide which students to monitor more closely:
The bullying behavior Kevin just earned automatically puts him on the Counselor’s Watch List in real time, letting both the teacher and counselor know of his needs immediately.
Ingredient #3: Differentiated Support
One size doesn’t always fit all! Just like excellent core academic instruction requires differentiation, it’s equally critical to differentiate as children learn behavior. The trick is to differentiate, yet still remain consistent. Paradox? Kickboard thinks not!
Here are some common practices from some of our expert Kickboard customers:
This leader filters Culture Analysis for all positive behaviors tracked during the first quarter to guide a discussion with 6th Grade teacher, Mr. Hathaway, about his classroom culture.
So there you have it - Kickboard’s 3-part recipe for building a successful Tier I foundation for Behavior RTI! Early detection and correction will keep behaviors from escalating in severity or frequency. If your office is currently a revolving door of behavior issues or you have large numbers of students on intensive intervention plans (Tier 2 or 3), you should most certainly re-evaluate your Tier I framework. Only when a hearty helping of Kickboard consistency is mixed in with a handful of early warning systems and a dash of differentiation should leaders spend their time and energy on planning Tier 2 and Tier 3 systems. And don’t worry, best practices for that are coming later in our series!
Want to implement these Tier 1 best practices? Just contact our Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you add triggers and or make some easy tweaks to your site.
For even more best practices, make sure to read our last piece, "The Proactive Leader".
Learn more about Behavior RTI! Join us for our upcoming 30-minute webinar:
Crucial Tier I Practices for Successful Behavior RTI.
Wednesday, February 17