“Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.”
- Paulo Coelho
We are so excited to bring you the first UE blog strand update, featuring the This year has been a busy year thus far, especially for the behavioral strand and we are thrilled to be able to share with you all our work thus far in the “World of Behavior”:
As you know, we conduct Functional Behavior Assessments in order to provide more information about students’ behavior, to help identify factors regarding behaviors that may not be obvious, to provide data trends and patterns, to help identify the root causes, functions, and reinforcers of behaviors, and to provide data for developing an appropriate and effective behavior plan. Implementation of individualized behavior intervention plans provides more intensive intervention and monitoring, increases support around student(s), provides an individualized plan for success, addresses specific issues in a specific manner, involves teachers, support staff, the student, and parents actively, and helps teachers to address behaviors and issues consistently across subjects, rooms, sessions, etc. You all have been doing a great job in identifying students who are in need of FBAs and BIPs in order to better serve them and ensure their needs are met and our Behavior Intervention Specialists (the fabulous Eva and Devina) are up and running with these assessments and plans.
As we expand our behavioral strand of the program, we are embarking on a new journey with the development and growth of our newest program, “Services as Needed” program in which we provide behavioral services, such as consultation, trainings, professional learning communities, behavior intervention services, observation, etc., ‘as needed’ for schools that are full partnerships and not. As we grow we are also building new relationships with new schools, including Silver Oak Montessori High School, Aspire Golden State Prep, Aspire Lionel Wilson Academy, Leadership Public Schools Oakland, Vincent Academy, our Seneca programs in Marin and Orange County and last but certainly not least, Seneca’s James Baldwin Academy, Pathfinder Academy, and our MACSELPA school-based programs. We are super excited to expand the behavioral strand to serve students and schools in this way and can’t wait to see what our future holds in this area.
P.S. We would love to come up with a new name for our SANs program so if you have a catchy name or acronym, please pass it along my way. We want the name to encompass the work we do within All-In.
Thank you all so much for your tireless work, dedication, and effort day in and day out!!!
Amber Fretwell, Director of Behavioral Intervention