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Preventing Problem Behaviors

Preventing Problem Behaviors
Schoolwide Programs and Classroom Practices

Second Edition

May 2010 | 248 pages | Corwin
In today's increasingly diverse classrooms, problem behaviours can often interrupt instructional time and disrupt learning. Designed for 21st-century school leaders, administrators, behaviour specialists, and classroom teachers, this research-based guide offers specific strategies and plans for preventing problem behaviour at both the classroom and school level.

Based on the premise that early response to problems can lead to better outcomes for students, the book's content is framed around four essential areas: foundations, intervention, collaboration, and evaluation. Within these areas, this accessible guide features:

- The latest information on the science and practice of prevention

- Reasons why conflict resolution, peer mediation, and bully-proofing are essential to prevention

- Effective practices for teaching social skills to young children

- Proven techniques for implementing schoolwide positive behaviour support

- Tools for using individual behaviour plans to prevent problems

- Ideas for home-school and community partnerships and culturally responsible teaching

- Critical strategies for monitoring student progress and evaluating prevention practices

- New, updated chapters, including information on preschool behaviour support and RTI

This valuable resource provides all the tools and strategies school leaders and teachers need to keep children focused on learning.

About the Authors
1. Prevention Science and Practice
What We Know about Prevention Practice

What We Know about Response to Intervention

What We Know about Behavior and Academics

Changing the Lives of Students with Problems

An Illustration from Practice

2. Preschool Behavior Support
Importance of Teaching Social Skills in Preschool

Effective Practices for Teaching Social Skills to Young Children

Teaching Young Children How to Behave in Social Settings

An Illustration from Practice

3. Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support
Definition and Importance of SWPBS

Characteristics and Effective Practices of SWPBS

Effectiveness of SWPBS

Perspective on School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

An Illustration from Practice

4. Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in School Settings
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

Theoretical Underpinnings of CBI

Current Research on CBI

School-Based CBIs

A CBI Example


An Illustration from Practice

5. Social Skills Instruction and Generalization Strategies
Social Skills, Social Competence, and Curricula

Generalization of Social Skills and Building Performance Competence

Why Social Skills Programs Sometimes Fail

Gaining Community Support for Social Skills Training

Importance of Improving and Generalizing Social Skills

6. Conflict Resolution, Peer Mediation, and Bullying Prevention
Some Program Definitions

A Developmental Framework

Characteristics of Effective CRE Programs

How to Sustain CRE and Bullying Prevention Programs

Concluding Thoughts

An Illustration from Practice

7. Classroom Interventions and Individual Behavior Plans
What Educators Should Know About the RTI Model

RTI as a Schoolwide and Classroom Management Approach

Effective Classroom Management Approaches

Tier 2 Behavior Plans for Students

Behavior Planning for Tier 2 Students

Summary of Tier 2 Behavior Planning

Individualized Behavior Plan (BIP)


8. Effective Home-School Partnerships
The Importance of Home-School Partnerships

Principles and Key Features of Home-School Partnerships

Characteristics of Effective Home-School Partnerships

Home-School Partnerships and Challenging Behavior

Illustration from Practice

9. Community and Interagency Partnerships
Poverty, Immigrant Status and Risk

Interagency Approaches to Preventing Problem Behavior

Core Principles and Governance Structure

Linkages to Learning in Action

Preventing Problem Behaviors with Community Partnerships

10. Culturally Responsive Teaching
Culture and Today's Classrooms

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Teaching Appropriate Behavior

Teaching Behavior to CLD Learners


Illustrations from Practice

11. Monitoring Student Progress and Evaluating Prevention Practices
Evaluating Outcomes of Prevention Efforts

Designing Program Evaluations

Measurement Issues

Common Hazards in Program Evaluation

Disseminating Evaluation Information

Measuring Success of Preventing Programs

12. Building and Sustaining Effective Prevention Practices
Building Effective Prevention Practices

Putting It All Together


"A wonderful tool for administrators and teachers that offers child-centered resources and ideas to help our learners succeed, thereby making our classrooms more effective. The book contains tools to help our students think through their problems, learn social skills necessary in everyday life, and focus on positive results. I especially love the sample behavior reports, progress monitoring charts, and the self-monitoring chart. It is so effective to help students see that they are responsible for their actions and to make them partners in their education."

Megan M. Allen, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Cleveland Elementary School, Tampa, FL

"This clearly written book provides a comprehensive review of programs and strategies that support positive behaviors in our schools. The connection between social behavior and academic achievement has long been recognized. The authors go beyond describing this link to clearly delineate the factors that must be addressed, including early intervention, the use of evidence-based practices, and progress monitoring. They also address the need for building and sustaining the supports necessary for success, such as partnerships with families and community agencies and culturally responsive teaching. This book is for educators and administrators who are committed to preventing problem behaviors in schools."

Joan Robbins, Director of Special Services
De Soto School District, KS

"The authors provide a rigorously researched, highly accessible resource for preventing, minimizing, and responding to students' challenging behaviors. A major strength is the wide array of evidence-based, culturally responsive practices presented in ways that school personnel can readily apply. Teachers, administrators, and related service personnel will find this well-sequenced text both motivating and instructive as they consider how best to address the academic and behavioral needs of their students."

Michael S. Rosenberg, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Special Education
Johns Hopkins University
Key features

This book provides:

  • Effective practices for teaching social skills to young children
  • Successful practices for implementing schoolwide positive behavior support
  • Strategies for cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBIs) to address problem behaviors in school settings
  • Critical features of small-group social skills instruction
  • Reasons why conflict resolution, peer mediation, and bully-proofing are important in preventive classroom efforts
  • Features for using individual behavior plans in efforts to prevent problems
  • Ideas for home-school partnerships, community partnerships, and culturally responsive teaching
  • Critical aspects for monitoring progress and evaluating prevention programs

The focus of this book is preventing behavior problems through the use of research-based approaches that address important issues, promote positive learning environments, and respond to all children's needs. The methods described include schoolwide programming, classroom-based strategies, individualized behavior plans, and communication with families and the community. All chapters are designed to help professionals address problems proactively and share the responsibility for providing the best possible learning opportunities for all students, especially for those students with emotional and behavioral problems. Like the first edition, the book is a collaborative work reflecting varied knowledge, expertise, and perspectives.

The second edition has been reorganized and restructured to include new chapters and eliminate old ones. The authors address current topics such as culturally diverse learners, RTI, and IDEIA. In addition, they discuss new research findings relevant to the topics covered throughout the book. Boxed vignettes titled an "An Illustration from Practice", included at the end of many chapters, demonstrate how the strategies have been implemented effectively in various situations.

New material expands the coverage of circumstances influencing behavior and the sphere of issues addressed. For example, the authors added strategies for promoting positive behavior as early as preschool, and addressed approaches for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. The authors also added a concluding chapter summarizing the material and highlighting the connection between behavior and achievement.

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