A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2017

Strand L

Expanding and Enhancing Tier 2 Interventions for Social and Academic Success

Sarah Schoolcraft and Mandy Couturier


In this strand, participants will explore how to broaden and enhance targeted interventions. Designed with a PBIS framework in mind, but accessible within any framework, participants and teams will learn to keep universal strategies paramount while tightening-up and developing new targeted (tier II) interventions. Primary goals include moving beyond "check-in/check- out", using a function-based lens for matching interventions to student needs, and learning strategies for efficient group interventions to avoid the potential pitfalls of "universally individualized" interventions.

School-wide/universal screenings, targeted-level and individual interventions, data collection and progress monitoring opportunities and examples from multiple Vermont schools will be shared.


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Sarah Schoolcraft

Sarah Schoolcraft is a third and fourth grade teacher in Williston, where she is also the school coordinator for PBIS. The grade 3-8 school is in year five of implementation and has been identified as an exemplar school in VT. Sarah is a certified special educator, has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor at Champlain College and St. Michael's College. She loves the opportunity to collaborate with other educators and teams from across the state at the BEST Institute each year.

Mandy CouturierMandy Couturier is a special educator and behavior specialist at Thatcher Brook Primary School. She is the PBiS Coordinator at Thatcher Brook and has enjoyed revamping and making the system even better over her 8 years there.