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Effective School Interventions: Strategies for Enhancing Academic Achievement and Social Competence

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This practical sourcebook is designed for psychologists, counselors, social workers, school consultants, special educators, and other health care professionals who provide services to or seek knowledge of effective strategies to improve the classroom learning environment, raise academic achievement, and improve student behavior and social competence. The book presents more than 70 empirically validated interventions in a brief, user-friendly format that describes the purpose of the strategy, materials needed, and step-by-step implementation procedures. The interventions have been field tested for practicality as well as effectiveness and can be delivered with materials available in typical classrooms. Also presented are guidelines and best practices for designing, implementing, and evaluating school-based interventions and case examples illustrating how several interventions can be combined to create a comprehensive program for individual students or entire classes.

This course is based on the book, Effective School Interventions: Strategies for Enhancing Academic Achievement and Social Competence created by Natalie Rathvon, Ph.D.


Guilford Press

Publication Date:

2003 (paperback edition)

Course Material Author

Natalie Rathvon, Ph.D.
Natalie Rathvon, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and school consultant and assistant clinical professor at George Washington University. Her work has focused on early intervention with at-risk children, reading, school-based interventions, and assessment and accountability. She is also the author of _The Unmotivated Child_ (Simon & Schuster, 1996) and _Early Reading Assessment: A Handbook for Practitioners_ (Guilford Press, 2004).

Natalie Rathvon, Ph.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about scientifically based strategies to enhance classroom environments and children's academic performance and behavior. It is appropriate for an introductory to advanced level of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. To become familiar with best practices in designing, implementing, and evaluating school-based interventions.
  2. To be able to select, implement, and evaluate proactive interventions to enhance the classroom environment.
  3. To be able to select, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve academic performance.
  4. To be able to select, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve behavior and enhance social competence.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

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Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Faculty: Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

There are no relevant disclosures.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 100899
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