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Leveraging the Power of Peer Collaboration and Principal Support: An Innovative Approach to Tier 1 Behavioral Intervention Strategies in the Classroom

Wolfson, Amira McLemore (2023) Leveraging the Power of Peer Collaboration and Principal Support: An Innovative Approach to Tier 1 Behavioral Intervention Strategies in the Classroom. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Failure to implement Tier 1 behavioral intervention strategies in the classroom leads to inappropriate special education and disciplinary referrals for Black students resulting in a loss of instructional opportunities. This project took place in an urban K-8 school with a culturally and linguistically diverse student population. In consultation with the principal, three professional development sessions (featuring videos of actual classroom practice) explicitly taught (a) classroom routines, (b) opportunities to respond, and (c) behavior specific praise. Between sessions teachers were encouraged to visit other classrooms and observe the strategy targeted in the prior session. These peer observations proved highly effective as they became the subject of discussion in the subsequent training session. At the beginning of each session, teachers shared ideas and reflected on their own practices.
Pre- and post-tests revealed that participants not only learned the strategies but incorporated them in their classrooms. This study underscores the importance of principals observing for Tier 1 strategies so that they can tailor professional development accordingly. In addition, this study reveals the power of peer collaboration among teachers for strengthening what they have learned. Finally, the study showed that explicitly teaching one strategy at a time across sessions with opportunities to collaborate between sessions was crucial to its success.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wolfson, Amira McLemoreamw283@pitt.eduamw283
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberSrsic, Amyasrsic@pitt.eduasrsic
Committee MemberRea,
Committee ChairKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.edummkerr
Date: 27 September 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 July 2023
Approval Date: 27 September 2023
Submission Date: 1 August 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 68
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tier 1 behavioral interventions; school discipline, racial disproportionality, behavior specific praise, opportunities to respond, classroom routines
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2023 12:47
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2023 12:47


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