The STOPP (Strategies, Techniques and Options Prior to Placement) initiative has been designed by District 75 to provide “hands-on” assistance to community schools requesting behavior support to help identify and resolve situations occurring due to challenging behaviors by at risk and high need students and classrooms. The District 75 STOPP initiative started in the 2007-08 school year in an effort to expand external partnerships and outreach to community schools and assist schools participating in Phase 1 of the Special Education Reform. The District 75 STOPP initiative continues to support community schools with the Special Education Reform. STOPP works collaboratively with various structures within the city’s education system, such as, Children’s First Networks in the cluster structure, the UFT and School Safety departments. Community schools request assistance from District 75 STOPP Behavior Specialists through their Children First Network (CFN)/Cluster. The STOPP Behavior Specialists work collaboratively with the CFN/cluster and school administration to assess areas of high need within the school. STOPP behavior specialists provide behavior support by assisting community schools in developing “toolkits” through individual consultation in classrooms, professional development in behavior management, understanding function of behavior, crisis intervention, children’s mental health issues in school and enhancement of pupil personnel teams within the Response to Intervention (RTI)/ Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) models. The STOPP behavior specialists use a variety of support methods ranging from professional development to direct classroom and behavior team consultation. We believe in teaching school staff to collect behavior data appropriately and efficiently in order to addresses behavior and emotional issues, develop and implement functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, individual crisis management plans and meaningful IEPs. The goal of STOPP is to educate students who exhibit challenging behaviors in the least restrictive environment possible and prevent future behavior challenges by supporting the implementation of RTI/PBIS.
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