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School Consultation

BIST provides consultation to hundreds of schools throughout the Midwest. Our services are tailored to each situation. Consultants are assigned to specific schools and spend time in the buildings so that the BIST model can be embedded and customized to meet your needs.

The consultation process begins with the following steps:

  • Assessment: A meeting with key people to obtain an in-depth understanding of your situation.
  • Initial in-service: A training session that gives your group or entire staff an understanding of the BIST philosophy and an introduction to our services.
  • Plan of action: A report of our recommendations is presented in order to start moving you through any challenges in order to meet your goals.

The plan of action includes, but is not limited to the following systems:

  • A support system for teachers with ongoing training and individual consultation, collaborative problem solving, processing with students, conducting class meetings, observing students, and providing timely feedback.
  • A logistical system for the least restrictive environment in which the acting out stops.
  • A communication system with regular meetings, checklists for student/administrator referral, informal feedback and check-ups.
  • A crisis intervention system with a standard plan to create predictability in times of crisis so that everyone responds in a calm and consistent manner.

Typical first year of BIST Implementation:

  • One initial in-service covering philosophy and logistics (3-6 hours)
  • Professional development (9 hours)
  • Consultation (35-50 hours varying by building)
  • Phone or e-mail consultation as needed

     
Typical yearly schedule beyond first year implementation:

  • Professional development with a review of BIST philosophy and/or concepts tailored to building’s needs
  • Monthly consultation
  • Faculty meetings
  • Vision Team meetings

Our ongoing consulting services consist of the following components:

  • Professional Development for Buildings and Districts: Providing ongoing training opportunities for districts, buildings, faculties and administrators where topics are individualized to meet specific needs.
  • Administrative Support, Collaboration and Problem Solving: Assessing your district or building’s strengths and weaknesses, identifying obstacles to success, providing tools to communicate more effectively with students, parents and the community.
  • Staff Support, Problem Solving, and Modeling: Facilitating meetings and collaboration with staff while modeling effective problem solving, partnerships, and student success planning.
  • Counselor and Social Worker Support: Providing support for focus groups, group meetings and conflict management while providing training for student success plans, skill-based triage and community building.
  • Collaboration with Individual Teachers: Providing support in establishing expectations, routines, intervention procedures, student success plans, communication with parents, problem solving and community building in the classroom.
  • Vision Teams: Discussing implementation of BIST, creating and maintaining energy regarding BIST, and establishing goals to meet ongoing training needs.
  • Before and After School Child Care Programs: Establishing consistent techniques, procedures and interventions in these areas to create a comprehensive educational community.
  • Class Meetings: Creating strategies to teach/model effective problem solving in the classroom in which topics are individualized to meet specific needs.

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BIST is an outreach program of Cornerstones of Care. We partner for safe and healthy communities. Learn more at cornerstonesofcare.org.
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