Toolbox Tuesday!! The Takeaways.

We’re just about at the end of the school year, so I offer the main takeaways that we emphasize at the end of the full day Toolbox training.  There are ten tools in the Toolbox, and ten “takeaways.”  Here they are:

  1.  Focus on crafting and implementing effective BIPs. 
  2. When you are at wits’ end and don’t know what to do to make progress with a particular student, it’s usually a good idea to order up a fresh evaluation.
  3. Count your days!  When considering any removal from the IEP placement, be sure you know how many FAPE-Free days have been used up.
  4. Beef up the quality of your self-contained units.
  5. Be creative and thoughtful in providing “supplementary aids and services” in an effort to keep the student in the LRE.
  6. Watch your timelines.
  7. Don’t rush into the manifestation determination process.
  8. Be proactive in getting your staff trained on effective classroom management strategies.
  9. Explore Restorative Practices in the hopes that we use the Toolbox less.
  10. Call your school attorney!

If you are interested in the Toolbox Training for your school or ESC, please let me know. 


Tomorrow: How the school board is like the offensive line.