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Building Behavior

The Educator's Guide to Evidence-Based Initiatives
Learn to select, self-assess, and build a plan for effective implementation of a behavior system that meets the diverse learning needs of your students.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544340081
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: June 25, 2019

Price: $39.95



Build the behavior system your students need and deserve

Students deserve a safe, welcoming, and tolerant learning environment in which high expectations for academic and social/emotional learning will flourish. To achieve this, schools must implement consistent behavior initiatives that are rooted in equity and clear in outcome and purpose. Which plan is best for your students’ needs?

In Building Behavior, authors Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan and John Hannigan identify the strengths of six major research-based behavior initiatives and offer practical guidance for implementing one or more that meet the unique needs of your students and school. They explore and connect the relationship of effect sizes and influence of six common behavior initiatives—Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Character Education, Restorative Justice, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Trauma Informed Practices, and Social and Emotional Learning—to help educators understand the purpose of each and give school leaders a starting point for adding to, refining, or building a tailored behavior system that is effective and manageable. Building Behavior includes:

  • Common definitions, frameworks, best practice resources, and tips for implementing and synthesizing each of the behavior initiatives
  • Reflective prompts that connect the existing body of knowledge with real life experiences and practices
  • Reproducible resources, including sample schoolwide and district-wide assessments
  • Tips to avoid common implementation challenges and missteps

Don’t just reach for the “next best thing.” Learn to select, self-assess, and build a plan for effective implementation of a behavior system that meets the diverse academic and social/emotional learning needs of your students.

"This book offers comprehensive, unbiased information on effective behavior initiatives and provides effective tools for implementing the action plan that best fits a school. It provides a one-stop shop that educators can use to evaluate their current behavior plan, research the most current behavior initiatives, and tailor-fit an initiative for their school."
- Mandy White, Science Teacher, Vicenza Middle School, U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity



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Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan

Dr. Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at California State University, Fresno. She works with schools and districts throughout the nation on designing and implementing effective behavior systems. Dr. Hannigan has a background in special education and student support services as well as experience with district level administration and higher education research. Jessica has developed inclusive research based best practices around systematic implementation of behavior initiatives. Dr. Hannigan is the co-author of multiple educational books such as The PBIS Tier One Handbook, The PBIS Tier Two Handbook, The PBIS Tier Three Handbook, Don’t Suspend Me! An Alternative Discipline Toolkit, Building Behavior, The MTSS Start-Up Guide, and Behavior Solutions. She has received multiple recognitions for her work, including being named California Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Outstanding Faculty Publications and Service Award recipient. She was also recognized by the California Legislature Assembly for her work in social justice and equity. In 2017, Dr. Hannigan was awarded the inaugural Association of California School Administrators Exemplary Woman in Education Award for her persistent work around equity in schools.
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John E. Hannigan

Dr. John Hannigan has served in education for over 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and county office leadership coach. John is a sought-after consultant who works with schools and districts across North America on designing and implementing systematic multi-tiered systems of support for both academics and behavior. Dr. Hannigan holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno. As principal of Reagan Elementary in California's Sanger Unified School District, John played a key role in the school earning California State Distinguished School, California Title I Academic Achievement Award, Gold Ribbon School, California Honor Roll School, Bonner Award for Character Education, and Platinum Level Model School Recognition for positive behavior interventions and supports. John has written numerous articles and co-authored nine books. He is the co-founder of Hannigan Ed-Equity Group LLC.

Connect with him on Twitter @JohnHannigan75

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors


Chapter 1 • Building Effective Behavior Initiatives in Schools

The Why Behind This Book

How to Use This Book: Building Behavior

Behavior Initiatives K-W-L Strategy

Before You Begin: An Important Note


Chapter 2 • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

The What—Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Connection to Hattie’s Effect Sizes in Relation to the Core Components of PBIS

Synthesized Indicators of PBIS Implementation Success and Challenges

PBIS Best-Practice Resource Inventory

Chapter 3 • Character Education

The What—Character Education

Connection to Hattie’s Effect Sizes in Relation to the Core Components of Character Education

Synthesized Indicators of Character Education Implementation Success and Challenges

Character Education Best-Practice Resource Inventory

Chapter 4 • Restorative Justice

The What—Restorative Justice

Connection to Hattie’s Effect Sizes in Relation to the Core Components of Restorative Justice

Synthesized Indicators of Restorative Justice Implementation Success and Challenges

Restorative Justice Best-Practice Resource Inventory

Chapter 5 • Culturally Responsive Teaching

The What—Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

Connection to Hattie’s Effect Sizes in Relation to the Core Components of CRT

Synthesized Indicators of CRT Implementation Success and Challenges

CRT Best-Practice Resource Inventory

Chapter 6 • Trauma-Informed Practices

The What—Trauma-Informed Practices (TIPs)

Connection to Hattie’s Effect Sizes in Relation to the Core Components of TIPs

Synthesized Indicators of TIPs Implementation Success and Challenges

TIPs Best-Practice Resource Inventory

Chapter 7 • Social and Emotional Learning

The What—Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Connection to Hattie’s Effect Sizes in Relation to the Core Components of SEL

Synthesized Indicators of SEL Implementation Success and Challenges

SEL Best-Practice Resource Inventory


Chapter 8 • Bringing It All Together: Building Behavior Initiatives

Bringing It All Together: Synthesis of the Six Behavior Initiatives

SchoolWide Behavior Initiatives Process (SW-BIP)

SW-BIP Phase 1: Selection

SW-BIP Phase 2: Self-Assessment

SW-BIP Phase 3: Solutions

Closing Thoughts: Tips and Suggestions from the Authors





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