Tier 1 Team Training - Capacity Building Sequence

This capacity building model is suitable if you are new to PBIS or need to re-boot your current implementation overall. PBIS is more likely to be successful when supported by district leadership. See below for more information regarding research on successful implementation. Many states have capacity building plans starting at the state level.

Who Should Participate

Tier 1 Teams-Teams should be composed of administrators, teachers, support staff, and other stakeholders interested in improving school climate, supporting all students and staff in a continuous improvement process. (Maximum 12 team members)

What is included in the model?

The cohort kicks off with a Launch/Reboot training institute offered over the summer for the whole team. The training is 12 hours of Tier 1 training held over three days. The training supports development or improvement of necessary components of Tier 1 installation. Action plans are developed based on current context with progress towards high fidelity implementation.

Communities of Practice- Similar schools will participate in ongoing facilitated communities of practice to monitor benchmarks of implementation, engage in ongoing problem solving, and technical assistance to support deepening implementation as they interact.(7 meetings)

Individualized Technical Assistance- In addition to communities of practice which will focus on ongoing needs of the school cohorts, individualized technical assistance will be provided to focus on individual needs of the school community. (3 Individualized TA Events )

Why should we participate?

While initial training helps support teams in understanding and/or improving their knowledge and capacity related to Tier 1 installation, teams that receive ongoing support increase the likelihood of high fidelity implementation. As schools encounter setbacks, have questions, need support, systems have been established to support the team in problem solving, capacity building and delivering on action planning while continuously measuring outcomes.

We know the strong positive correlation between behavior problems and low academic achievement (Gest et. al., 2005; Landrum et al., 2003)

We know that behavior problems can cause disruption in academic engagement. As a result, students may display lower levels of academic achievement due to a lack of engagement compared to students in a highly engaged class showing fewer behavior difficulties (Caldwell, Darling,Payne, & Dowdy,1999).

We know that the PBIS framework is supported by research spanning decades (Center on PBIS, 2020). Study after study confirms the positive impact these systems and practices have on improving student outcomes. The evaluation brief, "Is School-wide Positive Behavior Support an Evidence-based Practice?” (Horner, Sugai, & Lewis, 2020) and the article "Examining the Evidence Base for School-wide Positive Behavior Support” (Horner, Sugai, & Anderson, 2010)3 each lay out some of the research and provide additional resources to explore the topic further.

We know that ongoing job embedded professional development is necessary to provide educators with the skills, time and feedback necessary to implement new practices(Joyce and Showers, 2002; Darling-Hammond, 2012). Quality of teaching is the strongest school-based factor that can improve student learning and achievement (Hanushek, 2011; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005). School Leadership is second only to teaching among school-based factors that have been shown to positively impact student achievement, and this factor is especially effective in traditionally underserved schools (Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson, and Wahlstrom, 2004).

Agenda & Materials

Day 1: Welcome and Overview of Tier 1

  • Introductions

  • Readiness for virtual team training

  • Overview of PBIS and Tier 1

  • Plan for TFI Assessment and Action Steps

  • TFI 1.1 Team Composition

  • TFI 1.2 Team Operating Procedures

  • TFI 1.12 Discipline Data

  • TFI 1.13 Data-based Decision Making

  • TFI 1.3 Behavioral Expectations

Day 2

  • TFI 1.4 Teaching Expectations

  • TFI 1.9 Feedback and Acknowledgements

  • TFI 1.5 & 1.6 Problem Behaviors and Discipline Policies

Day 3

  • TFI 1.7 Professional Development Plan

  • TFI 1.10 Staff Involvement

  • TFI 1.11 Students/Family/Community Involvement

  • TFI 1.14 Fidelity

  • TFI 1.15 Evaluation