Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools

Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools
The Behavior Education Program
Second Edition
Middle School
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Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools: The Behavior Education Program


This bestselling book has been used in schools across the country to establish efficient and cost-effective systems of Tier II positive behavior support. The Behavior Education Program (BEP) was developed for the approximately 10-15% of students who fail to meet schoolwide disciplinary expectations but do not yet require intensive, individualized services. Clear, step-by-step guidelines are provided for implementing the approach, which incorporates daily behavioral feedback, positive adult attention, and increased home-school collaboration. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding to facilitate photocopying, the book includes reproducible daily progress reports, handouts, and planning tools.

New to This Edition

  • Significantly revised for even greater flexibility and user friendliness.
  • Chapters on high school implementation, preschool implementation, tailoring the BEP for a particular school, cultural considerations, and measuring intervention effectiveness.
  • Describes how the program can fit into a response-to-intervention framework as a Tier II intervention.
  • 18 of the 26 reproducibles are new or revised.
  • Expanded FAQ section and expanded chapter on training needs and approaches.


"School professionals will want to ensure that each school has at least one copy of Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools, Second Edition, and university instructors can use this book as part of a comprehensive approach to teaching students how to create a program to improve student behavior. We are in the process of redesigning our Functional Behavioral Assessment graduate course to incorporate this book in conjunction with Steege and Watson's Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments, Second Edition. Our learners will use these texts and supplemental case studies to find solutions to problem behaviors in K–12 students."

—Alan W. Brue, PhD, NCSP, Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Capella University

"This second edition meets a very important need in providing practitioners with systematic, comprehensive, and detailed procedures for addressing the challenges of students who display recurring problem behavior. A crucial value of the book lies in its focus on proactive, supportive practices that are evidence based and relatively friendly to implement. The book is replete with examples, illustrations, forms, and data management guidelines to ensure ease of implementation and maintenance. This book will make a significant contribution in helping practitioners to more effectively meet the varied needs and challenges of today's students."

—Geoff Colvin, PhD, educational consultant, Behavior Associates, Eugene, Oregon

"We use Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools with each school we train in Tier II schoolwide positive behavior support. This wonderful resource describes processes that are highly practical and effective in an array of school environments with a wide range of students. While I loved the first edition, the second edition is even better. I am very impressed with the greater depth of coverage of such critical systems issues as getting commitment; identifying roles, responsibilities, and training needs; and fitting the BEP to your school. Information about adapting the process to preschools and high schools makes this edition even more useful. The section on measuring response to the BEP intervention will be a valuable resource for enhancing intervention fidelity."

—Don Kincaid, EdD, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida

"The Behavior Education Program (BEP) is a highly effective intervention program that helps students develop positive connections and social and self-management skills. The BEP enables schools to align and build on existing behavioral resources and staff—important in the challenging budget climate—and truly can help build capacity for successful positive behavior supports. The second edition has some great improvements, including many additional tools to help with program implementation and evaluation. I believe in this program, and schools like it, too."

—Paula Freer, PhD, President, Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction to the Behavior Education Program
  2. The Context for Positive Behavior Support in Schools
  3. The Basic BEP: Critical Features and Processes
  4. Getting a BEP Intervention Started
  5. Roles, Responsibilities, and Training Needs Related to Implementing the BEP, Deanne A. Crone, Leanne S. Hawken, and K. Sandra MacLeod
  6. Designing the BEP to Fit Your School
  7. Measuring Response to the BEP Intervention and Fading
  8. The Modified BEP: Adaptations and Elaborations
  9. High School Implementation of the BEP, Jessica Swain-Bradway and Robert H. Horner
  10. Adapting the BEP for Preschool Settings, Susan S. Johnston and Leanne S. Hawken
  11. Cultural Considerations and Adaptations for the BEP, Joan Schumann and Jason J. Burrow-Sanchez
  12. Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting the BEP Implementation
Appendix A.1. List of Acronyms and Definitions
Appendix B.1. Working Smarter Not Harder Organizer
Appendix B.2. Request for Assistance Form
Appendix B.3. Parental Permission Form
Appendix B.4. Daily Progress Report—Middle School, Example 1
Appendix B.5. Daily Progress Report—Middle School, Example 2
Appendix B.6. Thumbs Up! Ticket
Appendix B.7. Daily Progress Report—Elementary School, Example 1
Appendix B.8. Daily Progress Report—Elementary School, Example 2
Appendix C.1. BEP Implementation Readiness Questionnaire
Appendix C.2. Voting Form for Implementing the BEP Intervention
Appendix C.3. BEP Development and Implementation Guide
Appendix D.1. BEP Check-In, Check-Out Form—Elementary School
Appendix D.2. BEP Check-In, Check-Out Form—Middle/High School
Appendix E.1. Reinforcer Checklist
Appendix F.1. BEP Fidelity of Implementation Measure (BEP-FIM)
Appendix F.2. BEP Acceptability Questionnaire—Teacher Version
Appendix F.3. BEP Acceptability Questionnaire—Student Version
Appendix F.4. BEP Acceptability Questionnaire—Parent Version
Appendix G.1. BEP Contract
Appendix G.2. BEP Support Plan
Appendix G.3. Functional Behavioral Assessment—Behavior Support Plan Protocol (F-BSP Protocol)
Appendix G.4. Functional Assessment Checklist for Teachers and Staff (FACTS)
Appendix H.1. High School BEP Referral Form
Appendix H.2. High School Daily Plan Agenda
Appendix H.3. Reinforcer Checklist for High School BEP