Student Success Team

Student Success Team

An Student Success Team (SST) is a school-based, highly structured meeting in which student issues are presented to a group of professionals and parents in order to identify ways to help the child become more successful. SST can be used for a variety of school-related problems, including academic or learning problems, behavior problems, mental health issues, and social/emotional problems, without placing a student into special education. In fact, special education law states, documentation of previous interventions and strategies implemented within general education setting must exist to necessitate a special education referral. That is, SST or a similar pre-referral process is a mandated part of the special education assessment process. The SST is a way in which a school can document intervention efforts and prevent unnecessary referrals for more intensive services. This process should not be considered a gateway to special education, but instead a forum of prevention for general education students which adopts a strength-based approach to remediate specific concerns. We will cover the theories and foundations on which this process is built, support of the law for SST, development of an effective team, the SST steps and how it relates to special education, appropriate application of student interventions, the context of SST within the greater school system, and its application with Response-to-Intervention.

Topic: Student Success Team

Approved by: BACB


Your Instructor


Dr. Al Restori
Dr. Al Restori

Dr. Alberto Restori received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1998. After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Restori worked for the Long Beach Unified School District as a Lead Psychologist overseeing middles schools and alternative placement schools. Dr. Restori is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) in California and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Dr. Restori is an Associate Professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In addition to his position at CSUN, he is a consultant and Independent Evaluator for numerous school districts including Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). His research interests include Response-to-Intervention (RTI) for children experiencing both academic and behavioral challenges, functional assessment and positive behavior support for children at-risk for behavioral difficulties within the school setting, and risk/protective factors and intervention for youth gang involvement. His teaching interests include assessment and intervention of children at-risk for learning disabilities, assessment and intervention for children with behavioral challenges, and law and ethics for educational psychologists and behavior analysts. Dr. Restori is fluent in both English and Spanish.


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