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The Center for Effective Schools (CES) offers a comprehensive array of services for children and adolescents in K-12 public schools, private schools, and schools affiliated with educational management organizations (EMOs). Services of the CES are provided within an applied research framework, utilizing data-based decision-making, thereby ensuring the highest quality of service delivery. CES services are designed to give your school the competitive edge needed to meet and exceed No Child Left Behind.



Consultation services are offered to school-based teams and family members to enhance the educational services for all students. CES consultants employ a problem-solving approach, based on a functional behavioral assessment, to design effective, evidence-based interventions for students with a variety of concerns, including:
  • School adjustment and conduct problems
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning problems

Help your school to meet the Responsiveness to Intervention standard called for in the newly authorized IDEA legislation through CES-assisted, Student Focused Consultation Services.




The CES provides training and technical assistance to teachers, principals, and school-based teams in systems level reform. Whether it be the general education classroom, the special education classroom, the lunchroom or even the entire school, CES consultants have the knowledge and experience to assist your school in attaining the highest degree of educational excellence through the development and implementation of evidence-based practices designed to improve learning and reduce disciplinary infractions. Systems-Level Training and Technical Assistance programs of the CES include:

    Strengthening Emotional Support Services™ (SESS)
    This comprehensive curriculum, originally designed for teachers of students with emotional/behavioral disorders, and now offered to all teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals in the school includes a full array of instructional and behavioral management strategies designed for classrooms of the 21st century. Through empirical-validation in some of the most challenging classroom situations, the SESS curriculum has led to improvements in disruptive and on-task behavior.

    School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (S-WPBIS)
    School violence and increasing rates of disruptive and antisocial behavior are major concerns of parents and school administrators nationally. Training in S-WPBIS, followed by focused technical assistance, is intended to assist school-based teams in developing an effective, three-pronged approach to preventing and intervening with ongoing behavioral concerns at the school-wide level. Multiple outcome studies have found S-WPBIS to be effective in reducing office referrals as well as out-of-school suspensions.

    Toolbox of Parent Skills™(TOPS)
    The TOPS curriculum is a training program for parents designed for delivery by school personnel. Based on the research-supported Parent Management Training model, TOPS offers parents a methodology for encouraging positive behavior in their youngsters as an alternative to using harsh and/or ineffective punishment approaches. The TOPS train-the-trainer program is offered for school counselors, social workers, psychologists, teachers and administrators.

    Lunchroom Behavior Game™ (LBG)
    Non-classroom environments, typically staffed by paraprofessionals with little or no training in effective management strategies, pose a challenge to teachers and administrators concerned with increasing rates of disruptive student behavior. Nowhere is this concern more in evidence than in the school cafeteria. The Lunchroom Behavior Game is a comprehensive, research-supported, and easily-administered training program designed to reduce the level of disruption in your school cafeteria. The LBG training is offered to paraprofessionals, teachers and administrators.



Be assured that all Student-Focused Consultation and Systems-Level Training and Technical Assistance activities of the CES are implemented with the highest degree of integrity. CES trainers employ an applied research framework, utilizing data-based decision-making, to ensure the highest quality of service delivery to customers. We are committed to the success of your school.
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The CES offers a number of one-day workshops to meet the training needs of your school or educational organization. All CES training workshops are designed to meet clear objectives, are skill-based, and are delivered through an "active training" format. One-day workshops include:

  • Conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Behavioral Interventions: The Basics
  • Behavioral Interventions: Advanced Strategies
  • Supervising the Emotional Support Classroom
  • Creating a Positive Classroom Environment
  • The Missing Link: Self-Management Interventions
  • Behavioral Consultation in the Schools
  • Basic Behavior Management for the Classroom
  • Fundamentals of Parent Training
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Support: Preventing Disruptive Behavior
  • Interventions for Students with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Interventions for Students with Conduct Problems
  • Effective Instructional Strategies
  • Developing Effective Behavior Support Plans
  • What is that "Response-to-Intervention?" Everything you Wanted to Know and Then Some

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Trainers of the CES are always more than happy to custom design a training program to meet your needs. Our trainers specialize in conducting a comprehensive needs analysis and designing active training programs to help resolve concerns at the individual-, classroom-, or systems-level. Give us a try!

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