SEAS Implementation Support
A Gateway to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
The Schools Empowering At-Risk Students (SEAS) team, from the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at the Pennsylvania State University, has been working to support professional learning and program implementation for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) since September 2016. The SEAS team has created a portfolio of online learning materials and tools for student support personnel (SSP) to include suicide and self-harm, problematic sexual behavior, and global COVID 19 preparations and implementation support strategies and has assisted with policy development related to violent threat to others. Using evidence-based materials and programming, the SEAS team has endeavored to tailor supports for military-connected students that assist with the development of social skills and emotion regulation that may lead to better academic outcomes and school climate. In their continued partnership with DoDEA, the SEAS team will now be offering online learning, web-based materials, and system-level consultation to assist with the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) for seamless, sustainable, and effective implementation of school-wide positive behavior support (PBIS) and social-emotional learning (SEL). Recognizing the array of needs among DoDEA schools including limited access to local mental health services, varying levels of implementation readiness, and differing levels of faculty and staff training, the SEAS team offers the opportunity for individually-tailored implementation support for the improvement of student outcomes. Dr. Bagnato of the University of Pittsburgh, SPECS Program Evaluation Research Team has been tapped to be the program evaluation research consultant for SEAS and to use goal-attainment scaling (GAS) functional classification approach as a methodology to document specific and targeted outcomes of MTSS in military schools.