Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students: Where It's Happening

Getting There in Georgetown, Maine (program aired live on March 18, 2013)
On today's program, Dr. Greene interviewed Matt Carlson, Principal at Georgetown Central School, one of many schools in Maine learning how to implement Dr. Greene's model of solving problems collaboratively through a project funded by the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.  Mr. Carlson has some very useful insights for anyone determined to transform discipline practices in a school. LISTEN NOW

Leading the Way (program aired live on April 18, 2011)
Can a new principal get a school moving toward a more humane, compassionate, effective approach to understanding and helping students with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges?  On this program, you'll hear about how Carol Davison -- Principal at Forsyth Road Elementary in Surrey, British Columbia -- is doing just that. LISTEN NOW 

Galvanized and Mobilized in Calgary (program aired live on May 17, 2010) 
This program featured an interview with System Principal Lori Pamplin from the Calgary (Alberta, Canada) public schools. Lori's been helping the assistant principals in her school system learn about the CPS* model, and reported that folks were positive buoyant when first learning about the lagging skills and unsolved problems setting the stage for social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in students. Naturally, the challenge is to maintain the buoyancy when learning how to do Plan B and trying to apply the CPS model to the many different kids in the system whose unsolved problems and lagging skills have gone unattended for so long. LISTEN NOW

Questions from the Trenches (program aired live on April 12, 2010) 
Today's program was broadcast from Harpswell Island Elementary in Maine, where staff are in the early phases of learning about and implementing the CPS* model. They had some questions about how to move things further along and make CPS* an integral part of their way of doing things, and you can listen in! LISTEN NOW

CPS Goes to School: The Real Deal (program aired live on November 30, 2009) 
In this program, Dr. Greene interviews Dr. Craig Murphy, school psychologist in the Newton, Massachusetts Public School system. As part of a 3-year, federally-funded project overseen by Dr. Murphy, many of the elementary schools in Newton have been implementing the CPS* approach. Dr. Murphy describes the challenges and successes in helping classroom teachers understand challenging behavior as a form of developmental delay and embrace Plan B as a viable option for helping students with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. LISTEN NOW

Continuity...and Energy! (program aired live on April 5, 2010) 
The theme for this program was continuity, so it's fitting that Dr. Greene spent the program interviewing Thomas Ambrose when he was principal at Lafayette School in Sanford, Maine (he's since moved on to a school in Freeport, Maine). Mr. Ambrose and the staff at Lafayette put lots of energy into implementing the CPS* model at the school, and Mr. Ambrose talked about where that energy came from, how things have gone, and the challenges they've overcome along the way. It's an ongoing effort, and it's paying off. 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.