Tier 3 interventions support students, protect schools
Helps reduce schools’ legal liability
When it comes to dealing with school climate issues – from bullying, to bias activity (harassment based on race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disabilities of every sort), schools are under increasing legal pressure to act immediately to support students who have been targeted, without “outing” them, and to take corrective action against students who have perpetrated the inappropriate action, without simply excluding them from the school community. The Ripple Effects suite of digital tools enables schools to monitor social climate, intervene quickly with supportive interventions for both victims and perpetrators, and automatically document corrective action, thereby reducing legal liability for failure to take action.
Ripple Effects can be a value-added component of a truly Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students with a range of behavioral challenges and a range of risk factors that propel them. It supports students with emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as building skills related to executive functioning and agency. Students learn what they need in whatever ways they learn best: seeing, hearing, watching, and/or kinesthetic involvement. Use in conjunction with screening, planning and data tracking tools to monitor dosage and progress. Learn more
Effective, supportive alternative to ISS/suspensions
Ripple Effects digital tools provide a practical alternative to the two equally ineffective responses of either ignoring problem behavior, or enforcing harsh punitive practices that have been repeatedly shown to exacerbate it and lead to contact with juvenile justice. Specifically, Ripple Effects provides motivational counseling and social-emotional skill building to address not only the presenting behavior, but root causes behind it. Students often can’t change these external influences, but they can learn to change their reactions to them, and become empowered in the process. In hundreds of schools across the country, exposure to Ripple Effects has resulted in fewer discipline referrals, fewer in-school and out of school suspensions, and improved academic performance. Learn more
Reducing disproportionate referrals
Disproportionate referral to discipline and special education settings of Black, Latino, and Indigenous American boys persists, even in schools with an explicit commitment to racial and gender equality. It’s not usually explicit goals, but implicit bias, especially cultural bias, in how behavior is perceived and penalized that accounts for some of the difference. Yet there are not often accessible ways for teachers to become aware of their own implicit bias, without also becoming vulnerable to shaming and loss of job security. Ripple Effects provides a way for educators to reflect on their beliefs and possible bias about race, class, gender and religion, privately, safely, without blame or shame.
Poverty and continued discrimination have resulted in an overload of chronic, traumatic stress for many students, impairing executive function, especially consequential thinking and impulse control. Ripple Effects provides these students with skill training in self-calming, and managing feelings, and also helps them better understand and deal with the sources of trauma in their lives. Learn more