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Coaching for Capacity: Integrating Academics and Behavior into an Applied Model. Clark Dorman, Ed.S . Brian Gaunt, Ph.D. Amanda March, Ph.D. Advanced Organizer. Introduction Florida’s MTSS Initiative MTSS Coaching: A New Approach Literature Review, Definition, Model, & Skill Sets
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Clark Dorman, Ed.S.
Brian Gaunt, Ph.D.
Amanda March, Ph.D.
Teacher presents student with grade level academic task
So, which is it…
Academic problems lead to behavior problems?
Behavior problems lead to academic problems?
Probably a combination of both
Student engages in problem behavior
Student’s academic skills do not improve
Student escapes academic task
Teacher removes academic task or removes student
The integration/combination of the two:
(Stewart, Benner, Martella, & Marchand-Martella, 2007)
A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of educating students that uses data-based problem solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention.
The collaborative vision of the FL PS/RtI & FLPBS/RtI:B Projects is to:
“School improvement will fail if the work of coaches remains at the one-to-one level. Coaches are systems leaders. They need development as change agents at both the instructional level and the level of organizational and system change. It’s time to recast their role as integral to whole-system reform.”
~ Michael Fullan & Jim Knight (2011)
Coaching(v.): application of a set of activities that provide dynamic support and facilitation to develop the capacity of school/district leadership teams to implement MTSS aligned with the school/district improvement plan in order to enhance student outcomes.
1) Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills
2) Use data-based problem-solving to answer a variety of questions
3) Disseminate evidence-based content knowledge
a. Organizational Change/Implementation Process
b. Integrated MTSS Three-Tiered Model
c. Best Practices in Reading, Math, Behavior Instruction
d. Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
4) Facilitate team-based collaborative problem solving
5) Support leadership team and staff capacity to sustain a MTSS
6) Provide professional development training and technical assistance
7) Evaluate the impact of coaching activities and supports
Amanda March, Ph.D., Professional Learning Specialist
Clark Dorman, Ed.S., FL PS/RtI Project Leader
Brian Gaunt, Ph.D., MTSS Inter-Project Coordinator
University of South Florida