Designing Effective Tier 2 and Tier 3 Intervention Systems for Students with Challenging Behavior

This course meets on four Thursdays: October 5, October 12, October 26, November 2
(Note: This course will not meet on October 19.)

9 am to 12 pm PT / 10 am to 1 pm MT / 11 am to 2 pm CT / 12 pm to 3 pm ET  (12 hours total)

Presented by Jessica Sprick

This course will focus on how to develop systematic schoolwide and district plans for implementing Tier 2 and 3 supports for behavior. When a student has not responded to universal proactive and positive behavior management, the student may benefit from one or more additional behavior interventions. This course will provide an overview of how to set up protocols for basic classroom-based behavioral interventions at the earliest stages, and then progress to efficient team processes for intervention. Learn ways to create red-flag identification systems that allow you to intervene sooner rather than later, and how to create and implement effective intervention plans at the Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels. This course will also provide summary information about a variety of evidence-based behavior interventions and resources for supporting students who have experienced significant trauma and students with behavioral or motivational challenges.

Included Books: Early-Stage Interventions and Interventions

To register with a purchase order, download the registration form here and send it along with a copy of your signed PO.


V Tier 2/3 Oct 2023
  • Jessica Sprick
  • Randy Sprick
  • Cristy Coughlin
  • Mickey Garrison
  • Marilyn Sprick


Virtual Courses FAQs

  • Live virtual courses will be conducted via Zoom. Once your order is confirmed, please look for an email from Zoom that contains your unique link to join the course. Contact us if you don’t receive the link.
  • Course price is for a single registrant seat and includes a copy of Early-Stage Interventions and Interventions. Please include the email address and shipping address for each individual registrant during checkout.
  • Graduate-level professional development credit is available for this course through UMass Global. Click here to learn more.
  • Questions about this course? Please email or call 866.542.1490.
  • Books will ship to arrive by Monday, October 2. If your book does not arrive by this time, use the Virtual Course Help form to let us know.
  • Because books will be shipped to participants, there will be a $150 processing fee for any cancellations or refunds. No cancellations or refunds will be possible after September 20.
  • Seats are limited. Register by September 20 for best rate. Registration closes September 27, 2023, or when the course is full. (For addresses outside the United States, register by September 13.)
  • Jessica Sprick

    Jessica Sprick is a consultant and presenter for Safe & Civil Schools and a writer for Ancora Publishing. Ms. Sprick has been a special education teacher for students with behavioral needs and Dean of Students at the middle school level. Her practical experience working with special and general education students and staff, along with strong training in positive behavior support techniques, drives her passion to help school personnel develop and implement effective classroom management plans.

  • 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.

  • Cristy Coughlin

    Cristy Coughlin holds a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Oregon and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Western Michigan University. She has worked as a First Step coach, school-based behavioral consultant, and program evaluator for educational projects based in the United States, Australia, and Africa. Her areas of expertise are oriented around educational assessment, applied behavior analysis, and translating educational research to practice.

  • Mickey Garrison

    In her 30-year career in education, Mickey Garrison, Ph.D., has been a teacher, an administrator, and a consultant. While she was principal, her school was awarded national recognition and received attention from the George Lucas Foundation, which created a documentary about the school's accomplishments in mathematics. Under her leadership, her school achieved and has maintained the highest academic rating of "exemplary." Simultaneously, disciplinary referrals dropped substantially and remain inconsequential. Her students report that their school is truly bully free. She is currently the school improvement director for a joint venture among the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon's Education Service Districts, Oregon's K-12 system, and higher education. Under Dr. Garrison's leadership, districts are advancing school improvement from being an event to becoming an integral part of how their schools operate. As a consultant, Dr. Garrison specializes in training school teams to increase student achievement and improve behavior. She has coordinated numerous statewide and school district change initiatives. Dr. Garrison is currently developing training materials that support difficult-to-reach students in grades K-10.

  • Marilyn Sprick

    Marilyn Sprick has been a general education teacher, special education teacher, and Title I learning specialist. As an educational consultant, Marilyn has provided training in literacy, curriculum adaptation, and collaborative instruction for thousands of teachers throughout the United States and Canada. Marilyn’s focus is on scaffolding and differentiating curriculum, explicit instruction, motivating students, and diagnostic prescriptive teaching. She is well respected for her ability to inspire teachers and translate research into classroom practice. As a literacy expert, Marilyn is the lead author of Read Well K-2 (a scientifically based early reading program) and The Third Quest—a reading intervention for adolescent struggling readers. Marilyn is also author of “Preintervention 2: Assessing and Adjusting Academic Support” in Early-Stage Interventions and a coauthor of Meaningful Work; The Tough Kid On-Task in a Box, part of the Tough Kid series; SMART Kids, a social skills curriculum for grades K-1; and First Step NEXT, a Tier 2 behavioral intervention for young children. Sign up here to subscribe to Marilyn Sprick's Newsletter for Literacy Nerds.