RtI Behavior Specialist

What We Do

The RtI Behavior Specialist serves as a behavioral resource to teachers, administrators and parents.  The overall goal is to help build capacity for campus staff to be able to respond appropriately to both general and special education students with behavioral challenges.  This is achieved through services that include student observations, teacher consultation, collecting and analyzing data, creating individual behavior plans, coaching staff on implementation of recommendations, modeling intervention strategies and providing staff development.


Major Responsibilities and Duties:

·         Provides teacher, counselor and administrator support through weekly on-site campus visits and consultations.

·         Provides staff development for general and special education staff regarding classroom management and targeted behavioral strategies.

·         Serves as a member of the campus RtI Committee for students with behavioral challenges.  Assists in the development and implementation of Response to Intervention strategies in the general education classroom through the behavior consultation process.

·         Assists in developing interventions and behavior plans for the purpose of providing a safe and effective educational environment for students with challenging behavior.

·         Conducts formal and informal observations of students with behavioral challenges.

·         Conducts Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and develop Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), when appropriate, as well as provide recommendations to staff based on data.

·         Assists in the implementation of Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) that coordinate with student’s individual diagnosis and level of functioning in the classroom.  This may include providing teacher training, modeling and coaching for individual students with behavioral challenges.

·         Serves as a member of the Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee providing all necessary paperwork.

·         Meets with campus general and special education staff regarding student academic and behavioral progress during each grading period.

·         Assists campus crisis team in emergency situations.

·         Provides parent training and consultation services, when needed.  Attends home visits when approved by supervisor.

·         Participates in continuing education activities in order to remain informed of best practices in the field of behavior and other related fields.

·         Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


District Responsibilities:

·         Conduct behavior consultations when a referral is requested by campus staff or parents.

·         Complete all paperwork within required timelines written in a professional manner.

·         Provide weekly schedule to Supervisor.  Notify scheduled campus and Supervisor any time this schedule will not be followed.

·         Share Google calendar with Supervisor.

·         Review and/or create a folder for each student served and keep in a secure location.

·         Attend all required department and district meetings and trainings.

·         Follow all guidelines in the staff handbook.

·         Maintain current Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) training certification.

·         Maintain a Mileage Log.  Obtain a copy of the SISD Mileage Chart which lists all buildings in the district and driving distances.  Return completed logs to Special Services for reimbursement by the 10th of each month.  Do not record mileage from your home to school.

·         When absent, contact the Special Services receptionist at ext. 6265 and Supervisor.  Complete an absence form upon return to work.

Campus Responsibilities

·         Be responsive to campus requests for consultation and continually collaborate with campus staff.

·         Meet with campus counselor, diagnostician and Behavior Specialist(s) at the beginning of the year to develop procedures for regular communication and coordination of services throughout the school year.  Discuss roles and responsibilities of the Behavior Specialist.

·         Review previous year’s Behavior Specialist caseload list and folders.  Review BIPs, Behavior Goals and Objectives, schedule of services page, accommodations and modifications pages and ARD deliberations for any important information.

·         Provide each campus’ DC/TL and diagnostician/ARD facilitator a list of students that currently have a BIP in place.

·         Prioritize cases with actions pending (i.e. consultations or ARD’s due the first 4-6 weeks of school).

·         Attend campus RtI meetings for students with behavioral concerns.

·         Keep detailed Behavior Specialist Logs as well as Parent Communication Logs.  Maintain accurate records of meetings, conversations, intervention suggestions, observations and any other relevant information for each student.

·         Conduct consultations when a referral is made by campus staff or parents (Behavior Specialist Consultation Request Form).

a.       Complete the consultation process within 10 school days of the receipt of the consultation.

b.      Provide written recommendations to the person who made the request (listed on the form) as well as all other relevant campus staff (teachers, counselor, etc.) within 5 school days after the screening is complete.

·         Serve as a member of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee.

·         Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) within ARD prescribed timelines.

·         Complete all required IEP meeting paperwork at least 5 school days prior to the meeting:

a.       Enter PLAAFP information into eSped, if applicable.

b.      Provide a copy of and review the FBA and/or BIP with campus staff and parents.

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