High Leverage Practices for Intensive Interventions provides special education teachers with descriptions and practical instructions on how to use High Leverage Practices (HLPs) to improve student outcomes. Since many students with disabilities spend their school day in inclusive general education classrooms, these intensive interventions are often delivered in separate or tier 3 settings to meet the students’ individualized needs. Each chapter focuses on a specific High Leverage Practice with explanations of its purpose and essential components, accompanied by examples for use with small groups of students or the individual student. This accessible and comprehensive guide is key for pre-service teachers in special education programs or those who provide intensive interventions with students.
Introduction Section I: Collaboration High Leverage Practices 1. Collaborate with Professionals to Iincrease Student Success 2. Organize and Facilitate Effective Meetings with Professionals and Families 3. Collaborate with Families to Support Student Learning and Secure Needed Services Section II: Assessment High Leverage Practices 4. Use Multiple Sources of Information to Develop a Comprehensive Understanding of a Student’s Strengths and Needs 5. Interpret and Communicate Assessment Iinformation with Stakeholders to Collaboratively Design and Implement Educational Programs 6. Use Student Assessment Data, Analyze Instructional Practices, and Make Necessary Adjustments that Improve Student Outcomes Section III: Social/Emotional/Behavioral High Leverage Practices 7. Establish a Consistent, Organized, Respectful Learning Environment 8. Provide Positive and Constructive Feedback to Guide Students’ Learning and Behavior 9. Teach Social Behaviors 10. Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments to Develop Individual Student Behavior Support Plans Section IV: Instruction High Leverage Practices 11. Identify and Prioritize Long- and Short-term Learning Goals 12. Systematically Design Instruction Toward a Specific Learning Goal 13. Adapt Curriculum Tasks and Materials for Specific Learning Goals 14. Teach Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies to Support Learning and Independence 15. Provide Scaffolded Supports 16. Use Explicit Instruction 17. Use Flexible Grouping 18. Use Strategies to Promote Active Student Engagement 19. Use Assistive and Instructional Technologies 20. Provide Intensive Instruction 21. Teach Students to Maintain and Generalize New Learning Across Time and Settings 22. Provide Positive and Constructive Feedback to Guide Students’ Learning and Behavior 23. Learning to Use HLPs for Intensive Interventions: Reflections for Teachers, School Leaders, and Teacher Educators