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Conway Demo Site


Conway - SAU 9 - North Country

Early Childhood Education Program: Children Unlimited, Conway, NH 03813

Ages Served: 3-5
Project Start Year: 2008-2009
Beginning Priority area: RTI - early literacy and behavior
Implementation Level as of 6/30/10: Literacy Tier 1 and 2

Other Information: In 2010-2011 continuing to receive training to complete Literacy and blend in Behavior.

(Children Unlimited): During the 2010-2011 school year, Children Unlimited added an inclusive kindergarten classroom and successfully rolled-out the Program-wide-PBIS (PW-PBIS) and Literacy Tier 1 features to all children, staff and families. The Children Unlimited NH RESPONDS Leadership team continues to meet every other month and the PW-PBIS, screening and Literacy sub-group meetings continue to occur monthly. In addition, Children Unlimited has added a monthly family engagement sub-group with coordination from Michelle Lewis of the Parent Information Center. Children Unlimited continues to improve and fine-tune the Tier 1 systems for literacy and PW-PBIS. They have implemented a program-wide acknowledgement system and are collecting behavior incident data in both the preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Children Unlimited continues with implementation of teacher screenings for behavior and literacy in the preschool classrooms, and now includes usage of a parent screening for social-emotional development as well. The team continues to use this information for data and team-based decision-making purposes.

The SAU Preschool Coordinator is in agreement with extending use of the social-emotional screening with alternate community preschool providers and is working on an action plan for training of this within the community preschool programs as well. In addition, Children Unlimited has begun Tier 2 system development for PW-PBIS and Literacy. The program currently is implementing a small group intervention with a dual-focus on both literacy and social skills to address these areas through “co-treat” sessions with designated children using social-emotional book content. This group meets for a half hour twice per week for eight to ten weeks, and involves both preschool and kindergarten children identified for Tier 2 supports. An additional Tier 2 support being implemented allows identified preschoolers to visit the kindergarten classroom 3 times per week for an hour during story time and for literacy extension activities; these preschoolers have been assigned ‘kindergarten buddies’ as older peer role models of early literacy and social skills. The Children Unlimited team has also begun use of a function-based Tier 2 intervention called “Teacher Check, Connect & Expect” (TCCE), involving regular intervals of positive feedback to children exhibiting behavior issues due to an identified need for adult attention. In lieu of a formalized series of professional development trainings this year, Children Unlimited integrated content presentation within the context of regularly scheduled team meetings.

Elementary School 1: Pine Tree Elementary School, Conway NH 03813

Grades Served: K, 1-6
Project Start Year: 2008-2009
Beginning Priority area: Literacy
Implemenation Level as of 6/30/10: Literacy Tier 1 and 2 as well as Behavior Tier 1, 2 and 3
(Previous NH PBIS Site) - Blending some at Tier 2

Other Information: In 2010-2011 continuing to receive some training to complete Literacy and are beginning to review PBIS and get refresher training in PBIS

This K-6 school joined NH RESPONDS during the 2008-09 year focusing on literacy instruction. The school was a previous PBIS site. This year technical assistance at Pine Tree has focused on further defining Tier 2 for literacy, refining the Universal PBIS system using evidence based practices, and improving implementation of Tier 1 for literacy. The school made considerable progress addressing literacy Tier 1 implementation issues, such as ensuring all students participate in Tier 1 instruction (i.e., students with mild-moderate disabilities from a separate special education classroom now attend general education instruction – with supports) andimprovingdata analysis at both the universal and target team levels.Data-based differentiated instruction was designed using screening results and historical student data, at the class and grade level. Additionally, the school revised their behavior Tier 1 and 2, with considerations for blending at both tiers

Elementary School 2: John Fuller Elementary School, Conway NH 03813

Grades Served: K, 1-6
Project Start year: 2009-2010
Beginning Priority area: Literacy
Implementation Level as of 6/30/10: Literacy Tier 1 and 2.

Other Information: In 2010-2011 continuing to receive some Literacy tier 2 and tier 3 training and starting PBIS tier 1 training.

John Fuller entered NH RESPONDS during the 2009-10 school year focusing on literacy. Technical assistance at John Fuller this year has focused on further defining Tier 1 and 2 for literacy, establishing a Universal PBIS system, and improving implementation of Tier 1 for literacy. For behavior, the school created expectations and a behavior matrix, will soon apply for SWIS, is implementing a universal behavior screening, and received training on an individual teacher level and the CORE (target) team. The school leadership team made considerable progress establishinga format, protocol and schedule for quarterly data team meetings. A similar format is being designed for grade level datameetings.An action planhas been developedwith specific timelinestoidentify, address and provide professional development forliteracy Tier 1 implementation issues such as data-based differentiated instruction using screening results and historical student data, at the class and grade level. Additionally, the school began describing behavior tier 1 and 2, with considerations for blending at both tiers.

High School: Kennett High School, Conway NH 03813

Grades Served: 9-12
Project Start Year: 12/2008-2009
Beginning Priority area: PBIS/RENEW tier 3
Implementation Level as of 6/30/10 - Behavior Tier 1,2 and partial Tier 3 (previous APEX - Drop Out Grant site)

Other Information: In 2010-2011 receiving continued PBIS and RENEW training

The SAU Team in Conway included Kennett High School in all of its district-wide plans, and the principal has become more involved in PBIS implementation this year. During the fall of 2010 it was agreed upon by the administrative team at Kennett High School and the PACT team, to disband the universal team. The decision was based on the need for greater internal representation of school faculty to serve as members on the Universal Team. The prior team had only one teacher and one assistant administrator. It made it difficult to make informed data based decisions around school wide expectations when the team comprised mainly of representatives of the school board and community agencies. Hence, the collaborative team checklist was not completed due to recruiting and rebuilding a new universal team. Plans are currently in place to recruit faculty to serve as members of the Universal Team by the spring of 2011.

The Tier 2 Behavior Support Team has been very active this year, creating a referral flowchart, interview forms and data collection tools to increase the effectiveness of intervening earlier to support youth. The team received training from NH RESPONDS on data collection and functional behavior assessments to increase their knowledge base and improve the team’s efficiency in creating positive behavior supports and interventions. With ongoing technical assistance from NH RESPONDS staff, the team has developed an efficient system to refer students, develop FBA’s/BSP, and monitor the student’s progress. The team members have been using the FBA’s to meet with faculty whom are working with the students, to teach ways they can support the students in the class in order to increase positive academic/behavioral outcomes. Currently, the Tier 2 Behavioral Support Team is following over 30 students.


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