Data-Driven Educators: Best Practices for Intervention

Posted by Jeff WatsonO

December 15, 2017

Hoonuit not only alerts educators when a student is in trouble but also assists them in implementing interventions with fidelity.


Hoonuit’s early warning solution intelligently organizes student data to track, identify, and monitor students who are at risk of dropping out. But what happens after identifying at-risk students?


It’s essential for educators to have the support and resources they need to implement and track student interventions with fidelity efficiently. Understand which types of interventions are most appropriate for each student and track the results of each intervention over time. It may also include tailoring interventions to different situations, and evolving interventions as the students improve or other factors change. When preparing to implement an intervention, Hoonuit can help you answer three important questions:


What type of intervention does the student need?


By monitoring numerous risk factors over time, cutting-edge early warning systems can help educators determine whether a student’s issues are academic or behavioral. They can also help educators make connections between seemingly disparate data points that together inform a multi-faceted RTI (Response to Intervention) approach. For example, a student may appear to need an academic intervention when in reality, their poor academic performance is motivated by an issue at home or chronic absenteeism.


If a student falls behind in the classroom and begins to disengage, it’s important to intervene before they feel hopelessly lost. The RTI process begins with teachers identifying skills that students are lacking and aims to improve those skills before their absence becomes a serious issue. As teachers work with students to bring them up to speed, advanced early warning tools provide a template to model the intervention, serve to monitor student progress and help teachers understand if further interventions will be necessary.


If a student is acting out, becomes aggressive, or disengages with their peers, it’s in the best interest of both teachers and parents/guardians to reinforce positive behavior before attention-seeking evolves into reckless behavior. The PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) method encourages students to follow respectful social norms rather than adults delivering punishment for deviating from them. This may include peer mentors for unruly students as well as training for parents.


Students may require interventions for a number of reasons — it’s up to teachers, with the help of early warning systems, to identify why a student is struggling, select the appropriate intervention, and track its effectiveness over time.


What stakeholders should be involved?


Deciding which stakeholders should be involved in an intervention is an important step toward designing the right plan of action for each student. Depending on the type of intervention needed, stakeholders may include parents, guardians, social workers, and other community figures in addition to educators.


If a student requires targeted intervention to strengthen and monitor academic development, teachers and school administrators may be best-positioned to act while remaining in communication with parents and guardians. Educators can assess the academic progress of a particular student cohort through general classroom instruction and data-driven evaluations. Within the context of that particular group, struggling students can be identified, provided supplemental skills interventions, and tracked as they progress.


Behavioral interventions may call for coordination between parents, guardians, social workers, and/or community members. To reinforce positive social behavior, educators can design an intervention that extends beyond the classroom, following students throughout their day as trained adults lead by example.


The specific combination of stakeholders will inevitably vary between interventions, but it’s important for educators to take a holistic view of a child’s daily routine and to consider which external factors may be impacting their performance or behavior. Only then can teachers, mentors, and caretakers develop a multi-faceted approach to that student’s academic or emotional needs.


Did the intervention help?


It can be difficult for educators unequipped with early warning tools to spot struggling students and to track an intervention’s success or failure once implemented. Hoonuit’s early warning solution empowers educators to identify when proactive intervention is necessary and helps them match students to the appropriate type of intervention. Because Hoonuit’s intuitive dashboard presents meaningful insights drawn from years’ worth of data, educators can monitor the efficacy of interventions in both the short and long term.


Click here to learn more about how early warning can help your school or district.

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