Walking Tour for Educators

Using Dr. Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model to help behaviorally challenging students consists of three basic steps.  And -- you'll have to take our word for this -- you really do want to progress through the steps in order. In each Step, there's streaming video and audio programming to help you understand and implement various facets of the model.

Your journey begins here.


step one
The journey starts with a close look at your beliefs about why a child is exhibiting challenging behavior. If some of the common cliches -- attention-seeking, manipulative, coercive, unmotivated, limit-testing -- have been coloring your view, you're going to need some different lenses. And if you've been thinking that passive, permissive, inconsistent, non-contingent parenting is to blame, you'll need to do some rethinking there too. Thanks to an enormous amount of research that's been conducted over the past 50 years, we've learned a lot about behaviorally challenging kids. We've learned that what we've been saying about them (and doing to them) has often been counterproductive and ineffective.  So, in this section, you'll be asked to try on some new lenses -- progressive lenses -- so that you have a more accurate, compassionate understanding of challenging behavior and have a solid foundation for what comes next.

In the first video clip, you'll learn the single most important theme of Dr. Greene's model: Kids do well if they can. In other words, if a student could do well, he would do well...if the student had the skills to exhibit adaptive behavior, he wouldn’t be exhibiting challenging behavior. That’s because doing well is always preferable to not doing well. Watch Now

In the second video segment, you'll learn about another very important theme:  Your explanation guides your intervention.  Restated, your explanation for a kid's is challenging behavior has major implications for how you'll try to help. If you believe a kid is challenging because of lagging skills and unsolved problems, then rewarding and punishing may not be the ideal approach. Solving those problems and teaching those skills would make perfect sense. Watch Now 

The third video clip features yet another important theme: The definition of good parenting, good teaching, and good treatment is being responsive to the hand you’ve been dealt. Notice, the definition isn’t “treating every kid exactly the same”. Watch Now 

In the fourth video segment, you'll learn that challenging behavior occurs when the demands of the environment exceed a kid’s capacity to respond adaptively. In other words, it takes two to tango. But many popular explanations for challenging behavior place blame on the kid or his parents. Not this model. Watch Now 

Want more info on the basics of Dr. Greene's model? That won't be a problem. There are lots of programs in the Listening Library to take you further, including the first two in this section. Need more info on how to organize the effort in your building? We tried to identify just a few programs on this topic, but it's a big topic...so we're linking you to an entire section in the Listening Library.

Ready to move on to the next step? OK...


step two

Your journey continues with the hard work of identifying the skills that a behaviorally challenging student is lacking and the specific expectations a child is having difficulty meeting (these are called unsolved problems) in association with those lagging skills. Fortunately, there's the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) to help you do it. Once you've identified a student's lagging skills and unsolved problems, challenging episodes become predictable, and that sets the stage for intervention to be proactive. You're going to learn that identifying lagging skills is the easy part...and that the wording of unsolved problems is the hard part. You'll also need to do some prioritizing, because there are going to be a lot of unsolved problems and you can't solve them all at once. This section contains audio programs from the Listening Library for the Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students web-based radio program.

This first audio segment is crucial: you'll learn how to use the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (Listen Now). By the way, you'll need a copy of the ALSUP while you're listening...click here for that.  And you may also want to refer to the ALSUP Guide...click here for that.

New! In this video, you can watch Dr. Greene using the ALSUP to gather information from the parents of a 10-year old boy about his lagging skills and unsovled problems. No, the meeting doesn't take place in a school with educators, but it still provides a great example of what the process looks like.

In the second audio program, you'll hear Dr. Greene helping the staff at Anytown Elementary get good at using the ALSUP.  Remember, all beginnings are hard. Listen Now

In third audiio segment, we return to the staff at Anytown Elementary and learn that they've responded quite well to the original feedback they received on their use of the ALSUP. Listen Now

If you want to access more info on this topic, there are lots of additional programs waiting for you in the Listening Library...just click here.

step three
If you don't know this already, there are three ways to handle a problem with a behaviorally challenging student:  Plan A, which is where you're solving the problem unilaterally; Plan B, which is where you're solving the problem collaboratively and proactively; and Plan C, which is where you're setting an unsolved problem aside for now (not because you're giving in, but because you're not going to be able to work on all the unsolved problems at once). You'll also learn that, when it comes to solving problems, Plan B is definitely preferable. Plan B consists of three steps, and you'll be learning about that in this section, too. Included in this Step are lots of demonstration videos to show you how it's done.

In the first video clip, you'll learn all about Plans A, B, and C. Watch Now 

In this second video segment, you'll learn about the three steps of Plan B. Watch Now 

In the third clip, you'll see Plan B in its simplest form.  If only it was always this straightforward! Watch Now 

Video segment number four shows you a very important (and probably the most difficult) component of the Empathy Step: Drilling for Information. Watch Now 

In this fifth video clip, you'll see some of the common mistakes people make when they're using Plan B. Watch Now 

In this video, you can watch Dr. Greene demonstrating the use of Plan B with a 10-year old boy and his parents. No, the discussion doesn't take place in a school, but it's still a great example of what the process looks like.

New! If you were thinking that Plan B should be used only to solve problems with individual students, think again! Here's an example of Plan B being used to solve a problem affecting an entire class (with thanks to the students and staff at Central Middle School in the Greater Victoria (British Columbia) School District.

Now, we're pretty sure you're going to want more info on this topic, and there's lots to choose from. These first options come from the Listening Library, where there's a program that provides an overview of the Empathy step of Plan B, another that provides a nice overview of the Invitation step, yet another to help you troubleshoot problems that can arise when you're using Plan B, and yet another another that deals with the issue of students who don't talk during the Empathy step. Finally, there are four great videos you can watch to hear from staff who have implemented the CPS model in their schools (as part of a project funded by the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group):

Conners-Emerson School, Bar Harbor, Maine (Watch Now)
Central School, South Berwick, Maine (Watch Now)
Durham Community School, Durham, Maine (Watch Now)
Morse Street School, Freeport, Maine (Watch Now