Coaching CHAMPS

If poor behavior management systems are hindering your teachers from providing quality instruction, this resource will be a game changer.

Learn how to build a schoolwide program for implementing proven, research-based classroom management practices through coaching—and seeing that plan through to success.


2022 / 368 pp. and 74 pp. fillable reproducible forms
For Grades:
  • Tricia Skyles
  • Randy Sprick
  • Jim Knight
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This book reflects the MTSS (multi-tiered system of support) framework, which helps educators provide academic and behavioral support for all students. MTSS models refer to levels of support in three tiers:

  • Tier 1: Universal support (for everyone)
  • Tier 2: Targeted support (for some)
  • Tier 3: Intensive support (for a few)

What we know about effective support for students in all tiers is translated into a guide for supporting teachers. By creating tiers for educators, just as we do for students, we can adapt and modify professional development and coaching systems to meet both the collective and individual needs of all teachers.

MTSS is a system of support that fosters growth both for teachers who show a skill deficit and for teachers who are highly skilled and want to further hone their abilities. The intent for both groups is to increase the likelihood of teacher retention, which in turn increases the skill level of all educators.

This book is suitable for anyone charged with helping teachers in grades K-12—including principals, assistant principals, school psychologists, counselors, mentor teachers, behavior management coaches, and instructional coaches.

  • Tricia Skyles

    Tricia McKale Skyles is a senior educational consultant with Randy Sprick’s Safe & Civil Schools. After being a classroom teacher, Tricia served as an Instructional Coach with Dr. Jim Knight. Through her initial work with coaching, she assisted teachers in implementing CHAMPS classroom management. After moving into the role of Behavior Coach, she began to work extensively with the Safe & Civil Schools library of resources. She now works with Safe & Civil Schools to provide training, coaching, and consultation with district and campus leaders, classroom teachers, and paraprofessionals. A middle school teacher at heart, Tricia now resides in Rolla, Missouri, with her family when she isn’t flying around the country in an aluminum tube.

  • Randy Sprick

    Randy Sprick has worked as a paraprofessional, teacher, and teacher trainer at the elementary and secondary levels. Author of a number of widely read books on behavior and classroom management, Randy is former director of Safe & Civil Schools, a consulting company that provides inservice programs throughout the country. Although Randy is largely retired, his Safe & Civil Schools colleagues continue the work of helping large and small school districts improve student behavior and motivation. Efficacy of that work is documented in peer-reviewed research, and Safe & Civil Schools materials are listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Randy was the recipient of the 2007 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Direct Instruction Hall of Fame, along with numerous other awards and honors.

  • Jim Knight

    Jim Knight, Founder and Senior Partner of Instructional Coaching Group (ICG), is also a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. Jim earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. The pioneering work Jim and his colleagues have conducted has led to many innovations that are now central to professional development in schools. Jim wrote the first major article about instructional coaching for the Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching (2007) offered the first extended description of instructional coaching. Jim’s book Focus on Teaching (2014) was the first extended description of how video should be used for professional learning. Recently, writing with Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas, Jim coauthored two books: Instructional Playbook and Evaluating Instructional Coaching. Jim has written or coauthored several books in addition to those described above, including High-Impact Instruction (2013), Better Conversations (2015), The Impact Cycle (2018), and The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2021). He also authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as Educational Leadership, The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan, and is also a columnist for Educational Leadership. Through ICG, Knight conducts coaching workshops, hosts the podcast "Coaching Conversations,” and provides consulting for educational organizations around the world.