Leadership in Behavior Support

Leadership in Behavior Support: Administrator’s Guide (2nd Edition) supports building administrators in the important responsibility of guiding and shaping the attitudes and actions that influence school culture and climate. The goal is to create and sustain a safe and productive school environment that fosters growth, encourages responsible behavior, and fosters student success.


2016 / 560 pp. and downloadable forms, training PowerPoint, templates, and Game Plans for Specific Behaviors (256 pp.)
For Grades:
  • Randy Sprick
  •  B.J. Wise
  • Kim Marcum
  • Mike Haykin
  • Bob McLaughlin
  • Suzanne Hays
Area of Focus:


Leadership in Behavior Support guides administrators through processes for:

  • Forming and working with a behavior leadership team
  • Establishing a 3-level discipline system for handling misbehavior
  • Selecting and adopting a schoolwide classroom management approach
  • Using the five-step Improvement Cycle to address issues with common areas and schoolwide policies
  • Data collection and analysis are emphasized through expanded discussion of practical techniques and real-world examples.

To reflect challenges facing today’s administrators, new material covers leadership strategies for conducting powerful staff meetings, techniques for engaging reluctant staff members, and special sections on reviewing antibullying, attendance, and personal electronic policies.

This revised edition continues to focus on key components of the original edition, such as:

  • Working with teams of staff members to effect change through a continuous cycle of improvement
  • Developing Guidelines for Success
  • Understanding behavioral theory and that behavior can change
  • Making decisions effectively
  • Using high ratios of positive to corrective interactions
  • Adopting schoolwide approaches to discipline and classroom management

Reproducible, fillable forms are available for download, along with Game Plans for Specific Behaviors, which provides step-by-step interventions for 29 common problems such as aggression, cheating, noncompliance, and harassment.

Leadership in Behavior Support is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The online National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices was discontinued in January 2018, but a link to the Safe & Civil Schools NREPP listing can be found here.

  • 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.

  •  B.J. Wise

    B.J. Wise served as northwest regional director for Sopris West Educational Services, and before that was assistant superintendent for special populations for the state of Washington. B.J. began her career in education as a special education teacher. Since then, she has been a teacher at the elementary, junior high, and senior high school levels and a principal at the elementary level. She has consulted on educational issues throughout the United States and Europe. She was honored as a National Distinguished Principal and has received the Washington State Award for Excellence in Education.

  • Kim Marcum

    Kim Marcum was an elementary principal for 15 years in the state of Washington. Prior to that, she taught both elementary and secondary students with behavioral disabilities, first as a special education teacher and later as a learning specialist. Kim is a widely respected educational leader with a passion for orchestrating success in even the most challenging of students. In 2000, she received the Regional Distinguished Principal of the Year award, presented by the Association of Washington School Principals. Her workshops in the areas of behavior management, study skills, and reading research are highly regarded throughout the country. She has also authored and coauthored a number of publications, most notably Project ACCESS, a study skills program designed for at-risk students.

  • Mike Haykin

    Mike Haykin received a B.A. from Central Washington University and an M.Ed. from the University of Washington. He has been the director of the Learning Support Department at Seattle Academy for the past 13 years. He has also worked in schools serving students from Pre-K through graduate school as a teacher, counselor, and learning specialist. Mike has worked with hospitals and social service institutions as a consultant and has served as a board member for two nonprofit schools specializing in serving students with a need for intensive individualized and multidisciplinary support. Mike continues to provide consultation services to schools and hospitals serving students with learning, emotional and behavioral challenges.

  • Bob McLaughlin

    Bob McLaughlin worked as a teacher of students with behavioral and emotional challenges as a VISTA volunteer in Galveston, Texas, and with the Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky. He worked in Lexington for 31 years as a teacher, principal, special education director, and director of elementary schools. Bob retired from the Fayette Schools in 2006 and now works as an independent consultant with Safe & Civil Schools.

  • Suzanne Hays

    Suzanne Hays draws on more than 25 years of experience in educational leadership and management to provide consulting in administration, leadership training, and strategic planning. Currently a senior consultant with FranklinCovey, Suzanne previously served as a leadership consultant for the Center for Research on Learning, Kansas University, and for the Kentucky Department of Education. She also started and managed her own educational support business and served as a coordinator and developer of a variety of educational and leadership programs. Suzanne has an M.S. in social work and a B.A. in education from the University of Kentucky.