Implementing a behavior management model that supports social and emotional learning takes research, planning, and communication.
There are many factors to consider when reviewing the different models and programs out there to meet the needs of your school or district.
We sat down with one of our Community Contract Representatives to ask him some of the top things he talks to potential customers about when they reach out about implementing the Boys Town Education Model®.
He shared the following 7 considerations:
1. Define your goals. What are your pain points? What problem are you trying to solve? Is it at the classroom level, with a particular school or throughout the entire district? Thinking short to long term is a good idea. We can help guide that planning process. Identifying your ultimate goal is where we begin. Is it changing school climate, addressing the social and emotional learning needs of your students, reducing disruptive behavior, increasing attendance, etc… How do you see your school or district looking down the road? What outcomes are you hoping to achieve? These are important things to consider as you choose a program that will meet the needs of your students and help your school or district achieve its goals. We can help guide you in this planning process based on our experiences working with districts to develop a specific plan to meet your needs. Our goal is to help you to build capacity throughout your school or district and become self-sustaining with the Boys Town Education Model® components that are appropriate for you.
2. Communicate. It is important up front to determine how you are going to communicate this initiative with your staff. Start by identifying key staff members who can serve as champions for the initiative. These staff members can serve as mentors to help get people on board and also provide direction for the program.
3. Start small. This tends to be the most effective. Train one school to start, implement the model with fidelity, collect and share data to celebrate successes and build momentum. You will see immediate impacts after training but true change takes time.
4. Connect the results to your biggest pain point to strengthen implementation and buy in. Gaining success on a small scale helps grow the initiative into full district implementation. This will build support and get more people on board. Discuss options for building capacity and sustainability to create your plan for growth. There are many different ways we can meet needs of your school or district. We can help you explore various plans and time lines to help you meet those goals.
5. Once training is scheduled– attend AND participate. Administrators must be active participants – that means be present, no laptops, no phones, etc. Convey the message that this initiative is important and you are all in this together. Be what you want to see.
6. Make a commitment to fidelity – Implement the entire Model. You will want to take what you learn and make it work in your space and place with your students, in your schools and throughout the district. Know that you cannot take just pieces of the model and think you are going to get your desired outcomes. We are here to help you make it work through ongoing coaching and consultation. Implementing any new initiative requires ongoing support.
7. Include an evaluative process – build in consultation to make data driven decisions. Collect and analyze data to help strategize with individual kids, classrooms, schools, etc. resulting in purposeful decision making.
Additional thoughts from John:
Understand up front that it is the enthusiasm from the Administrators/Leaders that will impact staff and then the students. Commit to the program and know that it is more than just 2 or 5 days of training. The training itself is just the beginning. Implementation with fidelity and sharing positive results is what will help the model grow.
Start with the relationship between leaders and staff. The stronger the relationship the greater a chance of success and change. Staff will struggle – find champions and build support – follow through – communicate! It is a behavior management model – that requires behavior change to effect behavior change. We can’t expect the kids to change unless the adults do. The first step starts with the administration and goes from there – the kids will follow!
John McGuire – Community Contract Representative
Bio: John has decades of experience working with kids and the Boys Town Education Model®. He has been working in National Training as a Community Contract Representative for 9 years. John works with schools and districts across the county to develop customized plans right for them that will help to implement the Boys Town Education Model®, transform their education environment and solve problems they are experiencing. John started with Boys Town as a Family Teacher working directly with kids in a family home for 4 years. He also has classroom experience working in the public school system in addition to training the Boys Town Education Model®. He is a great resource with the Model, implementation, and designing programs to meet school’s needs.