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Insights to Behavior proudly presents a three-part webinar series by

Dr. Howard M. Knoff
Project ACHIEVE Educational Solutions 

Join us for our third and last webinar in the series - September 16th, 2020 at 1:30 PM CDT 

Topic: The Seven High-Hit Reasons for Students’ Challenging Behavior

For students with significant social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues, functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) are often a significant part of the assessment process.  However, many FBAs still are completed using approaches that have existed since the 1970s, they focus on a narrow operant perspective of behavior that does not incorporate over 40 years of biologically- and psychologically-based research, and hence, they may result in questionable conclusions and recommendations.

This presentation describes the seven “high-hit” reasons why students present with behavioral challenges, discussing how to assess these reasons as part of a “21st Century” FBA.  It also demonstrates how to link each high-hit functional assessment reason with specific social, emotional, or behavioral interventions.  The tiers in such a multi-tiered system will be defined based on the intensity of services and supports.  Thus, most of the discussion will center on what should be the Tier II level of strategies and interventions. 

Critically, most “traditional” FBAs assess for only two of the seven high-hit types (i.e., students with motivational or emotional difficulties).  This presentation will assert that some student behavior does not have a specific motivational function.  Thus, a traditional FBA may not always be helpful to the assessment process.



Join us on September 16th at 1:30 CDT for the last of the three webinars in the series, as Dr. Howie describes the seven “high-hit” reasons why students present challenging behaviors. 

*There is no cost for this online event. Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance from Insights to Behavior.

Howard M. Knoff

Dr. Howard M. Knoff 

Howie Knoff, Ph.D. is an internationally-known innovator and hands-on practitioner in the areas of:

  • School Improvement and Turn-Around, Strategic Planning and Organizational Development
  • School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management (SEL/PBSS)
  • Differentiated Academic Instruction and Academic Interventions for Struggling Students
  • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Instruction and Strategic and Intensive Interventions for Challenging Students
  • Multi-tiered (RtI) Services, Supports, and Program

Howie is the President of Project ACHIEVE Educational Solutions which has implemented his evidence-based school improvement program in thousands of schools or districts over the past 40 years. An international expert on school discipline, classroom management, student engagement, and interventions with behaviorally challenging students, Dr. Knoff has also been a university professor (22 years at the University of South Florida and SUNY-Albany), and the Director of the federally-funded State Personnel Development/State Improvement Grant for the Arkansas Department of Education from 2003 to 2015.

Dr. Knoff received his Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University in 1980, and has worked as a practitioner, consultant, licensed private psychologist, and university professor since 1978.  Dr. Knoff is widely respected for his research and writing on school reform and organizational change, consultation and intervention processes, social skills and behavior management training, multi-tiered services, and professional issues.  He has authored or co-authored over 20 books, published over 100 articles and book chapters, and delivered over 2,500 papers and workshops nationally—including the Stop & Think Social Skills Program (from Project ACHIEVE Press) and School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management:  A Positive Behavioral Support Implementation Guide (from Corwin Press).

Dr. Knoff has a long history of working with schools, districts, and community and state agencies and organizations.  For example, he has consulted with a number of state departments of education, the Department of Defense Dependents School District during Desert Storm, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  He has also served as an expert witness in federal court for well over a cases, in addition to working on many other state and local cases.  Specific to school climate and discipline, Dr. Knoff has helped eight districts in four states receive over $15 million in federal funding for two iterations of the School Climate Transformation Grant.

A recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association's School Psychology Division for early career contributions in 1990, and over $40 million in external grants during his career, Dr. Knoff is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (School Psychology Division), a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and a Licensed Psychologist in Arkansas.  Howie was the 21st President of the National Association of School Psychologists which now represents more than 25,000 school psychologists nationwide.