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Introducing the USPM-2

 

Over the past twenty or so years, the behaviorists have dominated education with their RtI model, but those bleak times are finally over.  Instead of merely "targeting a behavior" and utilizing "behavioral control" or "behavior instructions," educators can now address and empower the whole human - everything.  The USPM-2 is a humanistic SEL method to empower humans.  It is easy to use, cost and time effective, and values teacher's perceptions. Welcome to the new era in education.

  • Thank you for everything you do as a professional educator.
  • Thank you for considering the USPM-2.
  • The USPM-2 can enhance your services.
  • It does not ask you to change your philosophy, services, strategies, or techniques.
  • It does not replace what you are already doing.
  • It results in increased effectiveness with less work.
  • And most importantly, it helps students. 
  • Try it out for free with no risk.
  • If it doesn't help students, don't use it!

 Download the USPM-2 today and begin the new era in education!

The New Era

 

The educational revolution is finally here and the USPM-2 is leading the way!

1) The renewed interest in social-emotional learning (SEL) is here to stay at state and national levels.

2) Social-emotional learning is picking up momentum nationwide and is in part a "pendulum swing" (like we often see in education) but mostly a very specific movement away from the failed behavioral model.

3) It's been over 20 years since the behaviorists legislated their philosophy.  Nationwide, schools and districts are looking for something that works for humans.  Modern educators are wanting to view humans as more than a mere score on a reading inventory and something more than a mere point on a behavioral graph.  The zeitgeist is calling for revolutionary change.  

4) Thank goodness we are finally witnessing the end of an era.  

5) I welcome the new humanistic era, where we can return to students the freedom and dignity that Skinner took away.  In the new era we can address the whole human.  We can start to recognize that even though the student doesn't like math and failed the quiz, he is the starting point guard on the traveling basketball team, finished 2nd in the Presidential Fitness Test, and plays a mean clarinet.  And he does his chores at home.  Those things count too.  Everything counts.

The USPM-2 addresses the whole human, not just a targeted behavior or test score.  The USPM-2 utilizes a positive, humanistic model based on research.  The USPM-2 can help us move successfully into the new era.  And much, much more...
 
The King Is Dead.  Long Live The King. 
 

What is SEL?

 

  Credit:  panaramaed.com

     "We're in a whole new world."  Michael Hanson, Former Superintendent

 

"SEL" stands for Social-Emotional Learning and represents the growing movement toward the recognition that public education needs to address and account for more than just test scores and behavior. 

CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) is amongst the leaders in this movement.  Their mission, like mine, is ambitious.  They are striving to make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school.  View their strategic plan as they/we strive to transform this momentum into a movement.  

The 8 CORE California districts (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Sanger, Garden Grove, and Fresno) and many others throughout the nation have recognized the importance of SEL and are on board, using concepts/technology from Panorama Education.  You are highly encouraged to watch the brief 6-minute video, from the Panorama site, explaining the SEL vision as well as Fresno's success story.

The USPM-2, just as is true for CASEL, Panorama Education, and others, strives to provide a research-based, data-driven, reliable and humanistic method/model to address the whole human, everything.

 

Everything Counts

 

The USPM-2 moves beyond behaviorism and instead provides humanistic opportunities to understand and address the whole human - everything.  A reciprocal-determinism model (Social Learning, Bandura & Walters) considers cognitions (Thinking), emotions (Feelings), and behaviors (Doing), within the setting (Environment/Social) and accounts for and addresses the complex interactions between and within them all.

 

The Whole Human

     "How do you measure the growth of an entire human?"  (Michael Hanson, Former Superintendent)

 

The USPM-2 uses 10 domains to account for the whole human:

  1. Students go to school to learn reading and writing (ELA=English/Language Arts) and math (Math). Academics (ACAD) remain the primary emphasis of schools.
  2. Students need to attend (ATTD) school in order to learn.  We can only work with students who are there.
  3. Once there, students need to put forth a reasonable effort (MOT=Motivation) to succeed.
  4. Social (SOC), emotional (EMOT), behavioral (BEH), and environmental (ENV) domains represent the aforementioned reciprocal-determinism/social learning theory.  Students are more than a mere test score; students are much more than the simple stimulus-response (S-R) previously used by behaviorists.
  5. Health (Hx) factors complete mind-body dualism (healthy in mind, healthy in body) paradigm.
  6. Are there any other (OTH) factors that need to be considered in order to help the student?  Everything else.

 

Ratings, Considerations, & Calibrations

Ratings:

The classroom teacher rates his or her level of concern for each student in each domain from 1-5. 

   

   1 and 2 indicate Mild or No concerns and are considered Tier I.
   3 and 4 are considered Tier II (Moderate) and suggest a need for interventions and/or monitoring.
   5 is considered Significant (Tier III) and requires immediate attention.

        Note:  the USPM-2 is NOT utilized for students in crisis; if a student is in crisis take immediate appropriate actions. 

 

Considerations:

     "How would you define a moment?"  Will Hoffman, RadioLab

 

Establishing levels of concern along a multi-tiered system of support is not a new concept for modern schools and districts.  Most already are doing that through RtI and PBIS-MTSS.  Here is what is different about the USPM-2: teachers' phenomenology* and perceptions are valued.  The teacher almost always knows his or her students better than anyone else on campus.

Teachers' ratings provide real and powerful data.  

Ratings are not just a "gut instinct," but instead reflect their professional judgement - teachers know their students! The USPM-2 doesn't ask teachers to go give several tests to "prove" their ratings (but if asked, any teacher could provide all kinds of testing and other data to support their ratings). Teachers are very busy people... they don't have time to go give a bunch of tests to show the student is low in reading... they already know who is low in reading.  The USPM-2 values teacher's time.

*Phenomenology, as used in the USPM-2, means the rater's perception, based on everything s/he knows.  For example, the teacher rates the level of concern as a "3," based on countless hours of observations, student comments and discussions, classroom performance, parent input and communications, test and quiz scores, nationally-normed scores, formal and informal academic measures, personal and observed interpersonal dynamics in class, the hallways, cafeteria, and playground, seeing and helping the student cope with bad days or moments during the school year, celebrating victories and birthdays, watching him or her learn to play an instrument or scoring 8 points in the basketball game or finishing his homework for the first time all year... etc.  When you think about it, all that data is much more powerful than say, a 12 on a DIBELs.

Phenomenology, in and of itself, goes much deeper and is a scientific as well as a philosophical approach.  Time and space limitations do not allow an in-depth discussion of phenomenology at this time but the interested reader is encouraged to research the term further. 

 

Norming/Calibration:

It is true that not everyone perceives the world in the same way.  Some teachers rate all of their students as a "1" while others feel all of their students are a "5"!  It is therefore useful to implement a norming/calibration process to "get everyone on the same page of the book."  This is not a new concept:  teachers have always collaborated to insure a grade of A, for example, is the same for Student A as it is for Student B.

Usually, during a grade-level meeting or other professional collaborative event, teachers can discuss their levels of concern for their students and can mutually agree upon an understood system.  With practice and experience, teachers will soon become experts at consistently rating their levels of concern.  The Ratings KEY operationally defines the three tiers.

There are a few "calibration/norming activities" I have found useful.  Contact me for more information. 

 

The USPM-2 is Flexible to Meet Your Needs

The USPM-2 is proving to be highly flexible and can meet the needs of schools/districts in many ways, including:

  1. Provides the foundation and structure for RtI and Rti2
  2. Provides the foundation and structure for PBIS and MTSS
  3. Provides screening/monitoring data for all students in the school for SST/SAT teams
  4. Provides SEL data for LCAP purposes
  5. Provides Key Indicators for ESSA purposes (i.e., Digital Chalkboard)
  6. Can be adapted/utilized to screen/monitor progress for special/at-risk populations and programs
  7. Can be adapted to screen for dyslexia under new California Guidelines
  8. Data sorts can help determine/prioritize specific areas of need in classes, grades, schools, and districts

Many professional educators (myself included) oftentimes feel "swamped" with so many programs, laws, procedures, regulations, etc. with which to deal on a daily basis.  The USPM-2 is like 8 programs in one (RtI, Rti2, PBIS, MTSS, SST/SAT, SEL, ESSA/Digitial Chalkboard, and Dyslexia screenings)!

Use the USPM-2 to implement the other programs!  Think of the time and cost savings.

 

More Info Coming Soon...

The USPM-2 is being successfully implemented in three schools (Princeton, Morningside, Nueva Vista) in the Delano Union School District in Kern County, California.  Fremont School most likely will begin soon.

Will your school be next?

Will your classroom be next? 

A lot has been happening in education in the past six months.  Keep checking back as there are new developments on an almost daily basis... revolution is quick change and we are having an educational revolution.

Next:  Go to the OFFICIAL USPM-2 Page 

The World-Famous Miss D!

"Check out the USPM-2!"

(August 19th, 2017) Hello and here's hoping your school year is off to a great start!  The USPM-2 has great potential to help students in many ways.  I hope you will visit the USPM-2 page, download it and try it for FREE, register, and join the new forum - make this the most spectacular year ever for you and your students!

I highly recommend you check out the USPM-2! 

See you soon!

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