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Behavioral Response to Intervention

This resource provides educators with information about how to create a continuum of support at district, school, and individual levels to meet the behavioral needs of all students.

The book is designed for any school personnel who have a responsibility to ensure that students' needs for behavioral (social/emotional) support are met, such as:

  • Building-based administrators
  • Counselors and psychologists
  • Problem-solving team members
  • Special education teachers
  • Behavior specialists
  • District personnel such as special education directors/coordinators, directors of school psychology, and supervisors of school counselors

One major purpose of this book is to present a proposed model—a blueprint for how services can be organized. The primary objective of this service-delivery structure should be to meet students' behavioral needs. Secondarily, the structure should ensure that interventions are designed and implemented in the most time-, personnel-, and cost-effective manner possible—while still meeting students' needs.

The model outlined in Behavioral Response to Intervention creates a sound structure to:

  • Reduce dropout rates
  • Address disproportionality of suspension and referrals to special education
  • Reduce the degree to which school psychologists, behavior analysts, behavior specialists, and school counselors will have long waiting lists of students who need evaluations and services.

The book includes more than 30 downloadable reproducible forms, all enabled for type-in entry on your computer.


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  344 pp. and 1 CD (44 pp. fillable reproducible forms)
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  Randy Sprick, Mike Booher, and Mickey Garrison
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Mike Booher, M.Ed.

Mike Booher


Mike Booher has worked as a school psychologist, lead school psychologist, and supervisor of psychological services for Guilford County Schools. He has developed school intervention and assistance teams, crisis intervention services, professional development activities for teachers and parents, and ADHD interventions. He also coordinated the Responsible Discipline Program (RDP), a schoolwide discipline and classroom management program based on Foundationsand CHAMPS.

For much of his career, Mike worked with school crisis and suicide intervention teams. He served as a co-trainer for the district's suicide intervention training and as a co-leader of one of the district's two crisis teams.

In addition, Mike has taught at several universities and served as a clinical instructor for the School Psychological Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Randy Sprick, Ph.D.

Dr. Randy Sprick


Randy Sprick is an educational consultant and trainer in Eugene, Oregon. Each year, he presents practical and entertaining workshops to over 30,000 teachers and administrators throughout the United States and Canada.

Much of his work involves helping teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools and classrooms that encourage student responsibility and motivation, while humanely and effectively helping misbehaving students learn to behave in more responsible ways.

As the primary author for the Safe & Civil Schools series, Randy has produced numerous articles, books, audiotapes, and videotapes that assist school personnel in dealing with the issues of discipline and classroom management. His most recent publications include Teacher's Encyclopedia of Behavior Management, 2nd ed. (2012) and Coaching Classroom Management, 2nd ed. (2010).

He is a past president of the Association for Direct Instruction. In 2007, the Council for Exceptional Children honored Randy with the J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work developing, advocating, and proliferating Positive Behavior Support in schools.

Randy is the director of Teaching Strategies, Inc. and the lead consultant for Safe & Civil Schools.

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Mickey Garrison, Ph.D.

Dr. Mickey Garrison


In her 30-year career in education, Mickey Garrison has been a teacher, an administrator, and a consultant. While she was principal, her school was awarded national recognition and received attention from the George Lucas Foundation, which created a documentary about the school's accomplishments in mathematics (see www.glef.org/magic-of-math). Under her leadership, her school achieved and has maintained the highest academic rating of "exemplary." Simultaneously, disciplinary referrals dropped substantially and remain inconsequential. Her students report that their school is truly bully free.

She is currently the school improvement director for a joint venture among the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon's Education Service Districts, Oregon's K-12 system, and higher education. Under Dr. Garrison's leadership, districts are advancing school improvement from being an event to becoming an integral part of how their schools operate.

As a consultant, Dr. Garrison specializes in training school teams to increase student achievement and improve behavior. She has coordinated numerous statewide and school district change initiatives. Dr. Garrison is currently developing training materials that support difficult-to-reach students in grades K-10.

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Behavioral Response to Intervention (B-RTI): Creating a Continuum of Problem-Solving and Support by Randy Sprick and his co-authors is a book that should be in the hands of any educator who works with the PBIS and RTI models. Randy has a long history of writing and developing evidence-based interventions for implementation in the schools. This book provides a blueprint to answer many day-to-day questions that are often left unanswered in the PBIS and RTI models. This resource book focuses on the “big picture” in developing a continuum of problem-solving that involves creating leaderships teams, developing a culture of data collection, and identifying available resources down to such practical aspects as bully prevention programs, social skills training classes, and homework rooms. The struggling student is the winner through this book’s positive and practical approaches to prevention and intervention. It is a must for administrators, counselors, school psychologist, behavior specialists, behavior management team members, special education teachers, and any educator who wants practical and evidence-based answers to PBIS and RTI’s many questions.

—William R. Jenson, Ph.D.,
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology,
University of Utah
Author of the Tough Kid Series

Educators charged with implementing an RTI framework in their school need very practical, hands-on guidelines and tools for making this new model of school improvement work. Of all the things written on RTI, there is nothing that approaches this book in terms of clarity and practicality. This book will be a goldmine for teachers and administrators who want to make dramatic improvements in student outcomes. This book is brilliantly conceptualized and written. It provides both a sound blueprint for guiding school improvement and a broad array of exceedingly practical, evidence-based practices that will transform how educators think about and design instructional conditions that foster hard work and productivity by all students. Without a doubt, this book will become one of the most frequently used resources for educators who want to make RTI work in their schools.

—Donald D. Deshler,
Gene A. Budig Professor of Special Education,
Director, Center for Research on Learning,
University of Kansas

Response to Intervention (RTI), or more accurately multi-tiered coordinated early intervening services, is now at the forefront of every educator's agenda as our nation devotes its efforts to improving outcomes for all children using evidence-based practices. This volume, Behavioral Response to Intervention (B-RTI), is the first book that I've seen that puts the science and practice of behavior support into a cohesive framework aligned with the big ideas of RTI. It provides proven practices from a team of authors without parallel in terms of their national impact in creating safe climates conducive to learning.

—Mark R. Shinn, Ph.D.,
National Louis School Psychology Program Project Director,
Northern IL Region of IASPIRE,
a USDE/OSEP/ISBE Personnel Preparation Project
Supporting Implementation of RTI

Randy Sprick's new book is a comprehensive and practical overview of the behavioral aspects of RTI. This isn't just about what Behavioral RTI should be—this book tells you exactly how to do it. If you're interested in this topic, you'll find an awful lot of valuable information here.

—Jim Knight, Ph.D.,
Research Associate,
University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning,
Director of Pathways to Success

Behavior Response to Intervention (B-RTI) builds on the growing recognition that effective school interventions (academic or behavioral) should be (a linked to schoolwide systems, (b) based on regular data use, and (c) evidence based. The book provides accessible and proven strategies for schoolwide organization, classroom management, and individual student behavior support. Teachers will find specific intervention ideas with clear guidance on how to implement those ideas within a schoolwide system. School psychologists and behavior specialists will find that Response to Intervention themes familiar to academic support are extended to behavior supports: (a) invest first in prevention, (b) use data to identify and assess points of intervention, and (c) build a multi-tiered program of support with progressive increases in support intensity. Administrators will find guidance for team composition, management, and assessment that will assist in accurate use of recommended strategies throughout their school.

—Rob Horner, Ph.D.,
Alumni-Knight Endowed Professor, Special Education
Director, Educational and Community Supports,
University of Oregon

Randy Sprick and his colleagues have produced a truly seminal resourcefocusing onthe behavioral side of the RTI model. This book explicates the RTI model for effective application in schools and classrooms in all the key areas of concern to educators and parents. The book is a roadmap to the successful implementation of RTI in the behavioral domain. It's indeed rare to see such a thoughtful, valuable resource that addresses so thoroughly all the critical issues and challenges involved in making the RTI model work as we think it should. There are very few, if any, RTI nitty gritties of problem-solving and implementation left untouched by this remarkable book. This is a book I wish I'd written. I congratulate the authors on this product, and I recommend it unconditionally".

—Hill Walker, Ph.D.,
Co-Director, Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior,
University of Oregon

Another incredible resource by Randy Sprick et al. It is research based, practical, and systemic in its approach to behavioral RtI. This book will not sit on a shelf!

—Judy Elliott, Ph.D.,
Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District

Randy Sprick and his colleagues deliver yet another fantastic resource that helps teachers spend less time working with resistance and disruption, and more time teaching. This book will help school personnel deliver effective services that include problem-solving, efficient use of personnel, and practical design/implementation of behavioral interventions. This is an excellent companion resource to Sprick's Interventions: Evidence-based Behavioral Strategies for Individual Students. While Interventions addressed the what, this book defines the who, when, why and how of designing efficient and effective interventions. A "must-have" resource.

—Jim Ysseldyke, Ph.D.,
Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership,
University of Minnesota

Sprick, Booher, and Garrison have really nailed it! Behavioral Response to Intervention is first rate, a tremendous resource for anyone wondering what to do about student behavior. The book presents our best evidence-based strategies for managing disruptive behavior, and organizes them into a framework that is comprehensive, practical, and easy to use. Both the overall process and its specific elements are designed with the realities of schools in mind—I love the 25-Minute Planning Process! Packed with abundant examples (and a CD with reproducible materials), this is a resource that will be extremely useful for any school seeking a more effective response to misbehavior and disruption. I know I will use it in my own teaching.

—Russ Skiba, Ph.D.,
Professor, Counseling and Educational Psychology
Director, Equity Project,
Indiana University

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