Blueprints for Success: Instructional Strategies to Promote Appropriate Student Behaviors

This project was a cooperative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) and Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 12 through an IDEA Discretionary Grant #2003-9912-19. The intent was to identify common school behaviors and suggest instructional interventions and consequences tied to the function of the student¿s behavior. Project facilitators - Dr. Rick Van Acker (University of Illinois-Chicago), Tom Potterton (CESA 12) and Lynn Boreson (WDPI) - worked with classroom and program support teachers in the area of emotional behavioral disabilities (EBD).

Thirteen behaviors were identified and charts - or blueprints - developed for the most commonly occurring functions of each behavior. Instructional strategies for both the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors are included, as are instructional consequences.

You are encouraged to read the introduction and overview before using the blueprints.

The entire package (68 pages - introduction, glossary, 13 blueprints) also includes sections which can be accessed individually as follows:

  1. Introduction and overview
  2. Glossary of terms
  3. Ideas for addressing context issues in large group school settings
  4. Active non-compliance
  5. Attendance
  6. Difficulty with transition from one activity to another
  7. Disrespect to teachers
  8. Disruption
  9. Failure to accept responsibility for actions and/or consequences
  10. Interpersonal relationships with peers
  11. Out of control
  12. Passive resistance
  13. Physical aggression
  14. Not Respecting the property or personal space of others
  15. Verbal aggression
  16. Verbal outbursts
  17. Blank format