Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students: Using Plan B

The Empathy Step of Plan B (program aired live on March 26, 2012)
By request, Dr. Greene devoted this program to providing an updated overview of the Empathy step of Plan B. A good review for the already-familiar...a good introduction for those new to the CPS* model. LISTEN NOW 

Anytown Elementary: The First Plan B (program aired live on April 29, 2013)
On this program, we listened to our first recording of a Plan B from the staff at Anytown Elementary...and, as with any first attempt at Plan B, some things went well and other things didn't. But the ball is now rolling...LISTEN NOW

Anytown Elementary: The Second Plan B (program aired live on May 13, 2013)
On this program, we listened to an example of the Empathy step of Plan B recorded by the very brave staff at Anytown Elementary. Then we heard their self-assessment:  Nice job of engaging the student in the discussion and with reflective listening...but cut back on the amount the adults are talking and theorizing. LISTEN NOW

The Empathy Step: Why Didn't the Student Talk? (program aired live on February 22, 2010) 
The planned topic for this program was the seldom-talked-about Invitation step of Plan B. But, thanks to a caller, the focus shifted to helping a teacher who is very devoted to using Plan B (but is just beginning to learn how) sort through the possibilities for why a student didn't provide much information in the Empathy step of Plan B. LISTEN NOW

Troubleshooting Plan B (program aired live on January 25, 2010) 
In this program, Dr. Greene helps a group of educators -- who are trying to re-engage a student academically so he doesn't drop out of school -- figure out why they've been "going around in circles" in their efforts to resolve the student's concerns using Plan B. A few of the common ways in which Plan B can go awry -- difficulty "drilling" for information in the Empathy step, and proposing solutions before the concerns and solutions of both parties are well-understood -- were the focal point of this discussion. LISTEN NOW

The Invitation Step (program aired live on March 1, 2010) 
The topic of this program was the much-neglected but really-important Invitation step (these days, referred to as the "Brainstorming ingredient") of Plan B. But woven into the discussion was another topic: time. In other words, it's one thing to learn how to do Plan B, to appreciate the need to do Plan B proactively, and to become proficient at the three ingredients of Plan B. But when are you going to do all this in the ongoing stream of a school day? Probably by devoting 15 minutes a day, every day, to helping kids solve problems. LISTEN NOW 

*Dr. Greene is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach -- and referred to his model by that name in his articles, chapters, research papers, and books prior to 2013 -- but now calls his model Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Read more here.