Tennessee Social Skills Cooperative

Purpose: Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) partnered to develop a virtual Social Skills Cooperative (TN-SSC) to connect schools across Tennessee. The TN-SSC will use online learning tools and remote coaching to help school-based teams plan, implement, and monitor social skills instruction as a Tier II intervention within a multi-tiered system of supports.

Expected Participants:

Schools currently using a multi-tiered system of supports framework to provide academic and behavioral strategies for students with various needs (e.g., RTI2, RTI2-B). Teams should include:

  • Administrator (e.g., principal, assistant principal):
    • Oversees decisions around school policies and procedures
  • Tier II System Coordinator:
    • Supervises Tier II interventions, including Check-In Check-Out
  • Social skills Intervention Coordinator (e.g., school guidance counselor, speech-language pathologist, instructional coach):
    • Manages the social skills intervention
      • Responsible for providing practice-based coaching support to educators implementing social skills interventions
      • Primary contact for TN-SSC support
  • Facilitators (e.g., school guidance counselor, speech-language pathologist, special education teacher, general education teacher, related arts teacher):
    • Deliver social skills intervention
  • Complete an application and participate in interview process.
  • Complete online courses and assignments according to established timeline.
    • Be comfortable accessing online platform and downloading and uploading materials to platform.
  • Prepare materials and implement a social skills intervention to a group of students.
  • Participate in practice-based coaching focused on the implementation of social skills intervention:
    • Willingness and capacity to use video-conferencing software (e.g. Zoom).
    • Ability to meet with consultants for approximately twice a month.
  • Share skills, knowledge, and experiences by collaborating during virtual learning community meetings.
Training Topics: Strategies and supports to develop a Tier II Social skills intervention system including:
  • Guidelines and decision rules for using data to screen and identify students in need of social skills intervention at a Tier II level.
  • Training on evidence-based instructional strategies related to social skills.

This workshop is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education – Part B, and is available to educators in LEAs in Tennessee at no-cost to participants.

Please note: Due to the ever changing reality of COVID-19, TRIAD services are subject to change in terms of service delivery. We are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of coaching and support possible during these uncertain times for the entirety 2020-2021 school year as educators navigate serving students in a variety of settings.

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