Do you find that the majority of your “referrals” come from teachers who happen to catch you in the hallway when you’re running to the bathroom? It happens! A comprehensive program is a program that has a tiered system of support so we go from firefighters singing one-hit wonders to counselors making a difference.
When I present to staff and meet with my administrator at the beginning of the year, I like to share out samples of what my Tiers look like. You can get a sample copy here:
So when we discuss my use of time, it’s important that they understand the majority of my time should be spent in Tier 1. We also talk through the referral process for students who may need Tier 2 or 3 services. As Sara Carlo explained in her small group workshop, “we could argue that all kids need our services but which ones will benefit?”
At our school, we have monthly meetings with a team we call the “Whole Child Support Team.” This team looks at behavior, academics, attendance, and SEL supports to create a plan that supports the child and looks at all the Tiers. I cross reference referrals, data, my school goals, attendance reports, and RTI reports to help create a list of students needing Tier 2 services. Those that are in Tier 2, may need an outside referral meaning we are looking at Tier 3 interventions that are not directly provided by me.
I created this chart with sample interventions at each stage. You can make your own copy and edit it by clicking here.
Tier 1- interventions for all students that are aimed at prevention- for example your class lessons
Tier 2- proactive and reactive interventions directed at a specific concern- for example small groups and individuals
Tier 3- most intensive responsive support- this is consultation and collaboration
What is something your school does to support students? What Tier does it fall under? Share it out!
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