Recent Research on Challenging Behavior

Behavior screen identifies the ‘quietly troubled’ middle and high school students

Everyone at your school keeps a watchful eye on the troubled student whose disruptive behavior leads to office referrals and suspensions. It’s the quiet ones you secretly worry about. A new study in Behavioral Disorders reports that the Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS), a popular behavior screen in elementary schools, is valid and reliable for identifying students… Tell Me More »

SWPBIS is good service model for the trauma-informed school

In the trauma-informed school, educators substitute the unspoken question, “what’s wrong with you?” with “what happened to you?” As more and more educators embrace the trauma-informed approach to working with students who have a history of Adverse Childhood Events (ACES), schools will need a roadmap or blueprint for moving beyond the “big ideas” to implementing… Tell Me More »

Study identifies missing social skill for children who have difficulty making friends

Why is it so difficult for some children to make friends? Even children who are not popular often can develop close relationships with one or two peers. But the friendless child seems unable to find anyone who wants to get to know them better, putting that child at risk for poor mental health outcomes while… Tell Me More »

Six basic steps to take against cyberbullying

  Like a mutating virus, cyberbullying is constantly erupting in new and unpredictable forms to foil attempts to eradicate it.  Some of the latest, most publicized outbreaks of cyberbullying have occurred on new social media apps like Yik Yak and Whisper. Yik Yak, which allows for anonymous posting by users within a 10-mile-radius area, and Whisper, a secret-sharing… Tell Me More »

Student self-reporting of “soft skills” not completely reliable

Student self-reporting of “soft skills” not completely reliable

Self-control, conscientiousness, grit and other non-cognitive “soft” skills are important factors in student achievement. Educators want to do more to develop and measure non-cognitive skills. But a new report from the Brookings Institution warns that self-reporting measures have several potential pitfalls. Besides the social desirability bias (“faking”), which leads students to answer in ways that make… Tell Me More »

Victimized students describe bullying by teachers and adult staff

A study of 3,305 students who self-reported at least 2-3 episodes of bullying per month highlights a seldom-discussed problem in school­­: Bullying of students by teachers and staff. A new study in Exceptional Children, reports that special education students were more likely to report victimization by teachers and adult staff than general education students and… Tell Me More »

Classroom management more than instructional virtuosity

The belief that high-quality instruction eliminates troublesome student behavior in the classroom (the “false promise of instructional virtuosity”) is one reason many teachers are not adequately trained in classroom management, says a new study from the National Council on Teacher Quality. “The closest the field comes to an endorsed ‘approach’ is the apparent conviction that… Tell Me More »

Schoolwide behavior support takes longer to implement in high school

Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) is most commonly used in elementary schools to manage student behavior.  But it also can work well in high schools,  even though implementation takes longer and poses special challenges, according to a recent study in The High School Journal. Implementation of SWPBS often will take a minimum of two years… Tell Me More »