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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: In February 2014, the New Jersey State Board of Education re-adopted N.J.A.C. 6A:16, with amendment to the regulations at N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8 that establish intervention and referral services (I&RS) and outline the functions of this system in each school building.  The I&RS manual is currently being updated to reflect these changes and will be posted to this website upon completion.  The current regulations can be accessed at http://www.state.nj.us/education/code/current/title6a/chap16.pdf.

RESOURCE MANUAL
FOR INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL SERVICES(I&RS)

Dr. Lamont Repollet
Commissioner, Department of Education

Carolyn Marano
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Student Services

Dr. Kelly Williams
Director
Office of Student Support Services

Manual Developed By:
Gary L. Vermeire
Program Coordinator

Safe and Drug-Free Schools Unit

NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 500
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08625-0500

Revised October 2002
Reprinted September 2008


Funds for the development of this guide were provided in full by a grant from the United States Department of Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, under Title IV, Part A: The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. PTM number: 1503.01.


STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Arcelio Aponte
President
Middlesex
Kathy A. Goldenberg
Vice President
Burlington
Mary Beth Berry Hunterdon
Elaine Bobrove Camden
Fatimah Bunam-Watkins Union
Ronald K. Butcher Gloucester
Jack Fornaro Warren
Mary Elizabeth Gazi Somerset
Nedd James Johnson, Ed. D Salem
Ernest P. Lepore Hudson
Andrew J. Mulvihill Sussex
Joseph Ricca, JR, Ed. D Morris
Sylvia Sylvia-Cioffi Monmouth

Dr. Lamont O. Repollet, Commissioner
Secretary, State Board of Education


TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION

Entire Document (PDF3.2 mb PDF)

 
Cover Page, NJ State Board of Education, Table of Contents
(PDF
149 kb PDF)

INTRODUCTION (PDF 224 kb PDF)

  • Overview
  • Administrative Code
  • Whole-school Reform

PURPOSE OF I&RS RESOURCE MANUAL (PDF 761 kb PDF)

  • Resource Manual
  • Additional I&RS Materials

THE COLLABORATIVE TEAM APPROACH (PDF 767 kb PDF)

  • Rationale for Collaborative Teams
  • Ancillary Student Support Service
  • Benefits of Building-based I&RS Teams

BEST PRACTICE EXAMPLES OF TEAM COLLABORATION IN SUPPORT OF I&RS (PDF 774 kb PDF)

  • Examples of Best Practices from Other States
  • Research Results of New Jersey’s School Resource Committee Pilot Program

SCOPE OF SERVICES FOR BUILDING-BASED I&RS TEAMS (PDF 883 kb PDF)

  • Program Focus
  • A General Education Program
  • Modes of Operation
  • Life Skills Deficiency Model
  • The Student At Risk for School Failure
  • School Violence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Health Issues and Student Performance
  • Teen Sexuality
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Children from Healthy and Vulnerable Families
  • The Resilient Child
  • Summary

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF BUILDING-BASED I&RS TEAMS (PDF 369 kb PDF)

  • Team Composition
  • Team Member Characteristics
  • Team Member Roles and Responsibilities
  • Support for I&RS Team Operations
  • Collaborative Decision Making
  • Relationship of I&RS Team to Other Building-based Teams
    • Choosing an Appropriate Model for I&RS Functions

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING BUILDING-BASED I&RS TEAMS (PDF 286 kb PDF)

  • Ongoing Planning for I&RS Team Success
  • Program Planning Elements
  • Quality of Implementation

THE I&RS TEAM PROCESS (PDF 329 kb PDF)

  • A Proactive Process
  • Phases of the I&RS Team Process
    • Problem Solving Guidelines
  • Team Meeting Agendas

INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES (PDF 657 kb PDF)

  • I&RS Team as a Creative Resource
  • Applied Research and Best Practices
    • Multiple Intelligences
    • Four Stages of Learning
    • Managing the Conditions of Learning
    • Cognitive/Learning Styles
    • Cooperative Team Learning
    • Behavior Management and Student Discipline
    • Ineffective Disciplinary Practices
    • Remediating Classroom Discipline Problems
    • Moral and Ethical Reasoning
    • Curriculum-based Assessment
    • Life Skills
    • School Climate
    • Cross-age Partnerships
    • Adult Volunteers/Mentors
    • In-school Suspension
    • Alternative Education
    • Special Needs Students
    • Professional Development, Coaching and Collegiality

COORDINATION OF HOME, COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL RESOURCES (PDF 358 kb PDF)

  • Working with Parents
  • Working with Community Resources
  • Supportive Organizations/Resources
    • Mental Health Services
    • Drug/Alcohol Services
    • Public Health Services
    • Juvenile Justice - Family Support Services
  • The School’s Role in the Treatment/Recovery Process
  • The Healing Process
  • Working with School Resources

CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE BUILDING-BASED I&RS TEAMS (PDF 211 kb PDF)

  • Focus on Short- and Long-term Goals
  • Enabling Behavior
  • General Characteristics of Effective Teams

TEAM WELLNESS/MAINTENANCE (PDF 582 kb PDF)

  • The Team Concept
    • Team Definition and Elements of Teams
    • Why Groups Fail
  • Group Development
    • Functions of Group Development Theories
    • Models of Group Development
    • Team Member Task and Maintenance Roles
  • Effective Discussion Skills
  • Communication Skills
    • Johari Window
    • Three Problems in Human Relationships and Related Skills
  • Situational Leadership
  • Stress Management
  • Personality/Learning Styles

SCHOOL-WIDE PLANNING (PDF 272 kb PDF)

  • Review, Assessment and Improvement of the I&RS Program
    • Review of Team Progress and Effectiveness
    • School-wide Recommendations
    • Program Evaluation

APPENDIX A:  REGULATIONS FOR INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL SERVICES (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7)
(PDF
135 kb PDF)

APPENDIX B:  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON I&RS REGULATIONS
(PDF
190 kb PDF)

APPENDIX C:  RELATED STATUTES AND REGULATIONS
(PDF
194 kb PDF)

APPENDIX D:  SAMPLE I&RS FLOW CHARTS
(PDF 127 kb PDF)

APPENDIX E:  SAMPLE I&RS FORMS
(PDF 439 kb PDF)

APPENDIX F:  TECHNICAL RESOURCES AND SERVICES
(PDF 373 kb PDF)

APPENDIX G:  RESOURCE MATERIALS
(PDF 285 kb PDF)

APPENDIX H:  BIBLIOGRAPHY
(PDF
145 kb PDF)