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    Characteristics of Effective Staff Working with Students with Emotional Disturbance

    • A mature adult who remains calm and is able to deal with aggressive students in crisis with out becoming upset or taking it personally.

       

    • Familiar with effective behavioral strategies and is able to be analytical about the student’s behavior and identify approaches to effectively use them.

       

    • Someone who believes all students can learn and creatively looks for ways to make each student successful.

       

    • Willing to adopt a low-keyed, quiet, neutral, non-moralistic approach when responding to students’ inappropriate behaviors.

       

    • Consistent in using the rules, procedures and consequences of the program.

       

    • Able to participate as a team player and work with other staff in a collaborative manner as equals. All staff members are equal. No one is more important than another.

       

    • Able to to use a flexible approach with students in providing learning experiences.

       

    • Able to possess a sense of humor, be open to new experiences, and able to laugh at self.

       

    • Able to be fair with all students.

       

    • Willing to learn and implment the specific procedures developed by the Office Citywide Special Education Programs for working with this population.

       

    • Attend the training sessions provided by the Office Citywide Special Education Programs and implement the specific procedure developed for working with this population.