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Response-Ability: Understanding and Supporting Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

Social-Emotional Learning, Special Education, Student Engagement And Differentiation, TMI Education-Envision

As educators, most of us never tire of helping; we tire of feeling helpless. Many students, especially those who have experienced or are experiencing trauma, make other students’ rights to learn and a teacher’s right to teach difficult. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can cause students to be reactive rather than reflective.

The most sensitive way to respond is to embed SEL into our RtI (I&RS) system. Those of us who have been committed to SEL for years know that it creates learning environments that are positive, safe, and productive for the development and success of the whole child. Frustratingly, we are also aware that not every student responds in positive ways. Even in schools where SEL has grown deep roots, there are still those students who need more (just like content).

Students receive extra help in academic areas to address a lagging skill. Similarly, students who exhibit challenging behaviors often have lagging SEL skills to be reinforced. This model has the student working with a caring adult in a developmental relationship to identify the lagging skill and then establish the goals and plan to guide the work to strengthen it.

Importantly, the student is in charge of doing the change work, while the educator is in the role of a coach.

This session of practical solutions provides targeted, evidence-based behavioral supports for these students. There will be suggestions for every level of RTI (I&RS). General classroom practices; Level 2 intervention for students who need extra SEL support; and Level 3 support for those students who need intensive behavioral support.

Participate in this exciting, results-oriented session to learn and share:

  • Response-Able requirements
  • How brain and body respond to stress and how to mitigate
  • Build on Strengths (Healing-informed practice)
  • Cultivate developmental relationships of healing
  • Identify emotions triggers
  • Plan for emotional triggers


Time: 2 Hours



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