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caught in the middle with interventions innovative solutions for every student

Caught in the “Middle” with Interventions: Innovative Solutions for Every Student

Montevallo Middle School

Shelby County School District


Mr. Jason Tiffin

Mrs. Tamara Wilson

session outline
Session Outline
  • Essential Questions
  • What the Research Says…
  • Framework for Interventions: Past and Present
  • The Big 5ive:
      • What, Why, and How
      • Benefits and Challenges
after this session you should be able to answer these questions
After this session you should be able to answer these questions…
  • Why are interventions so important?
  • What should interventions do?
  • How can our school implement interventions that target the whole child?
  • How can we adapt the interventions to the needs of the students?
what the research says
What the research says…

Academic failure is often associated with the beginning of delinquency…interventions that improve a child’s academic performance have been shown to reduce delinquency.

-- Maguin and Loeber

what the research says5
What the research says…

Grades, behaviors, attendance, and tardies are better predictors of student drop out than race, test scores, and socioeconomic status.

-- Balfanz

report from johns hopkins
Report from Johns Hopkins
  • Four common reasons students drop out:
      • Life events
        • Pregnancies
        • Arrests or a pressing need for full time employment
      • Frustration or boredom with school
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Report from Johns Hopkins
  • Four common reasons students drop out (cont’d):
      • Strained relationships with faculty
        • Discouragement from teachers/administrators
        • Labeling of students
      • Repeated failure to succeed
interventions past present
Interventions: Past & Present
  • Academics
  • Behavioral
  • Social
With regard to implementing interventions in the schools, what are the external factors and influences that may hinder progress?
big deal what is so awesome about these interventions
Big Deal…What is so awesome about these interventions?
  • Means to an End
  • Teacher/Student Relationships
  • Mandatory Attendance
  • Self Reflection for Students
  • Raise Self Esteem / Students
  • Teacher Empowerment
  • Increase Student Confidence
  • Builds Administrator/Student Relationships
  • Increase Grades
  • Increase Parental Involvement
  • Student Accountability
  • Increase Critical Thinking w/ Students
  • Targets Student Interest
  • Quality Student Products
  • Creates Parent Partnerships
  • Increase Student Attendance
  • Sense of Belonging/Connectedness
  • Non Punitive
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Decrease Missed HW Assignments
data to support claims
Data to Support Claims:
  • Student Failures
    • 1 student failed for the 2008-2009 school year
  • Parent Survey
    • 94% of parents surveyed rated the school good-excellent in assisting their child in acquiring skills and knowledge
  • Friendly and welcoming school
    • 90% - 97% - according to faculty and staff on the culture survey said MMS is friendly and welcoming
  • Discipline
    • Intentional Touching decreased from 51 incidents to 15 school wide
data to support claims academics
Data to Support Claims:Academics
  • Writing Assessment (49%-66%)
  • ARMT Reading
    • (6th 77-83); (7th 63-70); (8th 58-65)
  • ARMT Math
    • (6th 47-56); (7th 48-47); (8th 37-54)
  • Moved from School Improvement (Year 2) to achieving AYP goals
our big 5ive
Our Big 5ive
  • LOT/Ambassadors
  • iBAPs
  • COTs
  • 7-3 Recovery
  • Privilege Card
lot ambassadors
  • Defined –
  • Seventh grade students
  • The potential for leadership
  • “Across the board” kids
  • Activities –
    • A plan for developing good community leaders
    • Familiarize students with the community
    • Make students aware of being tomorrow’s leaders
    • Show students they can make a real difference
  • Criteria: Potential for Leadership
    • Students become a team with peers who they may have previously not associated.
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T-Shirt for the team!

Once a month field excursions

Local and area sites

Hands-on experiences

Learn about the community

past, present, future

Role models at school and in community

Opportunity to join MMS Ambassadors


Teambuilding difficulties

Acceptance of new behaviors

Peer pressures to remain “cool”

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  • Ambassadors
    • Tour guides
    • Greeters for events
    • Service work
    • Mentors to 6th graders
  • Ambassadors and LOT members represent the school and community
  • Many are active in leadership at Montevallo High School and beyond!
intensified behavior assistance programs ibaps
Intensified Behavior Assistance Programs (iBaps)
  • What- iBaps are administrator lead classes that target a small cohort of students and/or parents who need assistance with behavior (iBAP), homework/academics (iAAP), or parenting (iPAP).
  • Why- Final step before severe punitive consequences are undertaken.

The Process:

  • Identify participants
  • Mandatory parent meeting with signed contract
  • Meeting times set (1 hour, once/week)
  • Data kept (Logs, Journals)
  • Rewards for graduating
  • 6-8 week sessions

Targets students who need help

Builds student relationships

Increases self esteem



Student/Parent Apathy

Commitment of Student and Parent

clubs organizations teams cots
Clubs, Organizations, & Teams (COTs)
  • What – Clubs with a purpose. Students and faculty small groups designed to develop relationships while sharing common interests, hobbies, and concerns.
  • Why – In order for students to have a sense of purpose, belongingness, and connectedness with their school. A mechanism for keeping students interested in school.
  • Teachers and administrators serve as COT sponsors.
    • Specific activities, criteria, and guidelines that pertain to overall goals and objectives of each COT are identified and submitted to principal by the end of the second month of school.
  • Each student is a COT member.
  • Students identify their top 3 COT choices (on a form) during the first week of school (during advisory).
  • Students not meeting academic standards (failing grades) do not attend a COT but instead attend the

Intervention Club

    • Intervention Club is supervised by certified members of Montevallo Middle School.

Intervention Club

  • Assists students with academic achievement in their core subjects.
    • Make up tests
    • Complete missed assignments
    • Obtain tutorial assistance in core subject areas
  • All students are provided the opportunity to attend the Intervention Club and may be hand selected by administration or faculty.
cot carnival
COT Carnival

Takes place at the end of the year for incoming 6th grade students, parents and PTSO members.

7 3 recovery
7-3 Recovery
  • Step 2 It
  • Academic Monitoring (AM in the AM)
  • Student Intervention/Collaboration (SIC)
  • Prepare for the Day (PFD)
  • Second Helping (Double Dipping)
student intervention collaboration sic
Student Intervention & Collaboration (SIC)
  • What – A program that serves to reinforce students learning in the core subject areas. Each instructional team is responsible for their students’ program.
  • Why – The original purpose was to give extra help to students who scored poorly on standardized testing in Reading and Math. Later, the program served as individualized core subject tutoring.

Helped some students improve test scores and class grades

Gave teachers the ability to pull students from elective classes

Students were able to make up absentee work and improve failing grades


Students were not receptive

Difficult to plan since there were no parameters

Made it difficult for teams to have cooperative planning time

  • Taught students that the teachers would do anything to help them pass & limited student responsibility
  • Like many programs, it helped some students and not others
prepare for the day pfd
Prepare for the Day (PFD)
  • What – PFD is a before-school intervention designed to assist students with being more responsible for recording and completing HW assignments.
  • Why- Students not writing down and/or completing HW assignments.

The Process:

  • Identify participants.
  • Inform stakeholders.
  • Ensure all students have planner and know the procedures to follow for the PFD class.
  • Develop and maintain check sheets.
  • Record data consistently.
  • Reward students for meeting goal.

No cost involved

Promotes student accountability

Increase HW grades

Builds Relationships


Late bus

Student Defiance

Availability of Administrator

step 2 it
Step 2 It
  • What – An Extended Learning Time Referral
  • Why – To provide opportunity for students to complete, improve, or refine work products.
    • Student is not completing assignments.
    • Student is not attending class/school regularly.
    • The student needs additional time to complete the assignment.
    • The student needs to improve the quality/revise the assignment.
academic monitoring am in the am
Academic Monitoring (AM in the AM)
  • Designed for students who are failing numerous subjects or severely failing a subject.
  • Students meet in the lunchroom when they arrive on campus (between 7:15-7:40) and work until the 1st period bell (8:12)
  • Administrator lead. Administrator meets with team weekly to discuss progress and update folder with unfinished work.
  • Students can be dismissed at the end of each progress report period (every 3 weeks)
am in the am

Students bring grades up

Focuses only on work that needs to be completed

Grades in other classes increase


Student Apathy

Late bus/Late arrival to school

Communication with classroom teacher(s)

AM in the AM
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AM in the AM


  • 1 student out of 64 failed
  • 20 of 64 (31%) were dismissed altogether
  • Increases in Core Subjects

► 1 subject – 5 (8%) ► 2 subjects – 5 (8%)

► 3 subjects – 13 (20%) ► 4 subjects – 18 (28%)

► 5 subjects – 20 (31%)

second helping double dipping
Second Helping (Double Dipping)

What – Students in the 7th and 8th grades can take a lower grade (6th or 7th respectively) subject that was failed in the previous school year.

Why – Allows students to pass onto the next grade if they only failed one subject instead of repeating the entire grade.

second helping

Student moves to the next grade with his/her peers

Allows schools to maintain academic integrity

Provides for mastery of class (whole year v. 2 weeks of summer school)


What happens if student fails double dipped class?

Students know that they can double dip

Behavior problems with older student in classroom

Second Helping
privilege cards
Privilege Cards
  • What – Students receive a card that when presented, gives them special privileges during school and after school hours
  • Why – Allows MMS to move towards a more positive instead of punitive culture
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Rewards students for displaying the right behavior and attitude

Teaches responsibility

Generates enthusiasm and positive peer pressure


What to do when student loses card

When the 3 punches are gone for the month, what do we do to keep the student from losing hope

Student “doesn’t have” card when asked

Privilege Cards
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Privilege Cards

Events used in conjunction with the privilege card:

  • Discounted drinks at lunch
  • $1 off admission to a dance
  • Lunch in the gym and outside with music and games
  • Administrator giveaways
  • Teacher giveaways
  • Skip period
  • Teacher in-class rewards
data to support claims interventions
Data to Support Claims:Interventions
  • PFD – Student participation decreased from 14% to <2%
  • Step 2 It – 31% of student body participated and benefited
  • iBAPs – 80% of students completed successfully
  • COTs – Over 95% of students enjoyed attending COTs – Over 90% of students claim it built relationships w/ stakeholders
  • Academic Monitoring – 64 students participated. 20 dismissals. 94% increased grades in at least 1 subject.
lose yourself eminem
Lose Yourself - Eminem

EminemLose Yourself

Look, if you had one shot, one opportunityTo seize everything you ever wanted…One momentWould you capture it or just let it slip?You can do anything you set your mind to, man

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Tamara Wilson

Montevallo Middle School

235 Samford Street

Montevallo, AL 35115

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