Ben Franklin Elementary School - Advanced Tiers Behavioral Supports

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, 

It is our pleasure to inform you that Tiers 2 and 3 behavioral supports will now be available to our students as an extension of Ben Franklin Elementary’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program. These supports will be provided by Aimee Janakovic and Janessa George through the behavioral health agency Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP).  We have extensive experience implementing this framework and supporting school districts in providing behavioral health services to those students who have been identified as needing extra support.  


Tier 2, group level, behavioral supports that will be available at Ben Franklin Elementary include: Check In/Check Out (CICO), and various evidence based groups curriculums including: Anger Control Training (anger management), BounceBack (cognitive behavioral therapy for trauma), and SkillStreaming (social skills).

Check In/Check Out: The Check In, Check Out (CICO) program is designed specifically to provide students with additional feedback and reinforcement throughout the day as an extension of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. This feedback and reinforcement is deliberately linked to the expectations explicitly taught for the whole school.  At the beginning of each day the child will “check-in” with a designated adult to encourage positive behaviors for the day and receive their CICO sheet. At the end of each subject or time period, the teacher quickly provides feedback to each student on his or her behavior during that period or subject and scores the behavior on their CICO sheet. At the end of the day, each student has a “check-out” with the designated adult and a quick discussion about their day. Based on the students’ scores on their CICO sheet they have the opportunity to earn additional prizes and rewards based on their demonstration of schoolwide expectations.

Anger Control Training: Anger Control Training (ACT) is an evidence based curriculum that involves the application of anger management techniques to previously assessed triggers for the young person’s anger. Thus, this course aims to improve the young person’s control over anger by developing a self-awareness of internal anger cues, increasing self-instructional skills, facilitating the use of coping strategies and social problem-solving skills, and increasing positive social skills. With parent consent, students are screened for eligibility. Children may be eligible if they exhibit any type of aggression that may impede on their daily lives. ACT is conducted in a small group setting and occurs once weekly during the school day. 

BounceBack: BounceBack is an intervention for elementary school children exposed to stressful and traumatic events developed by Dr. Audra Langley, PhD, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and associates. The goal of the intervention program is to help teach students ways of coping with and recovering from traumatic experiences. It includes 10 skill-building group sessions for students, held at school. The intervention program is based on Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) which has been shown to help middle school students recover after stressful events. With parent consent, students are screened for eligibility. Children may be eligible if they endorse that they have been exposed to one or more traumatic events and have current post-traumatic symptoms. The initial evaluation in elementary schools shows that students participating in the program showed significant reductions in anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms compared to those who did not participate.

SkillStreaming: SkillStreaming is an evidence- based strategy designed to systematically teach social skills to address the needs of students who display aggression, immaturity, withdrawal, or other problem behaviors. For elementary-age students, this means skills to successfully navigate their school environments, follow teacher expectations, deal with peer and adult conflict, and deal with many feelings typical of students in this age group. The SkillStreaming process focuses on four principles of learning. These learning procedures-modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization training-have been used to teach a variety of behaviors, from academic competencies to sports, daily living skills, and vocational skills. They are applied in SkillStreaming to teach students desirable social behaviors.  SkillStreaming is conducted in a small group setting and occurs once weekly during the school day. 


At most schools, there are 1-5% of students for whom Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports have not been shown to be enough. At Tier 3, these students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their behavioral and academic outcomes. Tier 3 practices stem from strong foundations in Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports. With both tiers in place, schools are free to organize individualized teams to support students with more intense needs.  As we move forward with Tier 2 at Ben Franklin Elementary, Tier 3 support will be made available for those students whose data show they may benefit from this level of care.


Students can be referred to our advanced tier behavioral supports by Ben Franklin staff, parents, or selected using school wide data collection systems. Enrollment for advanced tier behavioral supports is determined by our Advanced Tier Team and you will be contacted to obtain your consent prior to enrolling your child and to make sure you are involved in the process and progress of your child.

Please, feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are so excited to be at Ben Franklin Elementary and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with the students, staff, and families here!   

Thank you!

Aimee & Janessa

Aimee Janakovic M.Ed, BCBA, BSL   

Phone:  (724)465-5637 ext 4138


Janessa George BA, RBT 

Phone: (724)465-5637 ext 4138