Multiple Uses for Leaps

Intervention / Remediation – RTI Tier 2 and RTI Tier 3

This is usually the first place where most of our client school districts begin thinking about using Leaps, simply because this is where the most ‘behavioral pain’ is felt.

  • Leaps identifies the specific skill deficits that are causal to the most aberrant and problematic behaviors – those that create chaos in the classroom and are such a drain on resources.
  • Leaps then presents a prescriptive plan – a plan that qualifies as the Behavior Improvement Plan for compliance purposes – to address those specific skill deficits.

Implementations - RTI Tier 2 and RTI Tier 3

  •  Typical initial Leaps implementations target noncompliant, often high-profile, behavior issues on an individual or small group basis. Settings typically include; alternative campuses (and perhaps their primary feeder schools), after-school programs, detention hall or other disciplinary programs, Title 1 retention and intervention strategies, or special education / exceptional student education.
  • RTI Tier 2 – On average, 15% of a school’s students are identified as at-risk, performing below expected levels, or needing specific supports to make adequate academic progress. Leaps provides resources in the form of individual and group assessment tools that enable educators to precisely target the skill deficits that can best help the student function, cope and adapt more appropriately to his school, community, and home environments and give him / her the best opportunity for academic success. Leaps lesson plans are designed to foster active discussion and role-play scenarios that are ideal for small group or classroom use.
  • RTI Tier 3 – On average, 5% of a school’s students need additional levels of support, usually in the form of intensive individualized intervention. The Leaps individual assessment tools provide educators a detailed roadmap and complete lesson plans to work with students one-on-one or in small groups.

Prevention – RTI Tier 1

Many school districts are beginning to understand the need to raise the level of social, emotional and cognitive skills for all students. By integrating Leaps into mainstream classrooms, all students learn important communication skills, interpersonal communication skills, anger and emotional management skills.  They learn the importance of respecting themselves and others.  They also learn how to get along with others and how to work as a team. Several school districts using Leaps have started as a special education implementation or a Title 1 initiative, and then quickly move to district-wide implementations as they come to understand the value to all students.

  • Using the Leaps classroom challenges tool, classroom educators answer three simple questions about their specific group of students related to key character values. Once they submit their answers online, they are shown a short list of lesson plans that would be most beneficial for their class.
  • Because Leaps lessons are designed to be interactive and provide ancillary worksheets and many role-playing opportunities, students at all levels find Leaps lessons to be engaging and meaningful in their daily lives.
  • The Leaps individual assessment tools can be used as a way of identifying students who may need the additional supports of RTI Tier 2 interventions.
  • Implementations – In district-wide implementations, schools use Leaps in a variety of ways. Leaps can be used as the core content for a PBIS implementation, or the primary behavior improvement tool for RTI (response to intervention).
  •  Some schools use Leaps on a daily basis, teaching a portion of a Leaps lesson each morning or afternoon.
  • At the elementary level, the Classroom Challenges tool lends itself well to a comprehensive character development tool, while still providing the opportunity for individual or group interventions.
  • One school district uses the Leaps individual assessment tool to create a behavior plan for any student involved in a behavior incident and have seen referrals to their county juvenile justice system decline significantly.
  • Educators who conduct Leaps assessments for their most challenging students have found that teaching the needed Leaps lessons to the entire class gets all the students involved in raising behavior and relationship expectations.

Top Ten Reasons you should use Leaps District-wide in your Schools

  1. Finally a tool to help classroom teachers deal with behaviors in a proactive and practical way!
  2. You don’t have to be a behavioral expert to use Leaps!
  3. Leaps is always available – online 24/7!
  4. Classroom Challenges – a group or classroom assessment tool that allows the use of Leaps to always be on target.
  5. Individual assessments that produce a legitimate and useful Behavior Intervention Plan.
  6. Easy to use content for PBIS implementation.
  7. RTI implementation just got a lot easier – RTI Tier 1, RTI Tier 2, and RTI Tier 3.  Leaps has everything you need!
  8. Reduced behavioral problems, increased attendance, and improved grades – proven!!
  9. Happier, more satisfied teachers! You just addressed their biggest concern!
  10. Ask your CFO how much a student absence costs your district. Leaps pays for itself in increased attendance alone!