• SOAR! Mark Tilton
     
    9th - 12th Grades PASS
    Georgetown High School
    Phone: 512.943.5000 x7539
    Email: tiltonm@georgetownisd.org
     
    CoTeachers:
    Scott Coppedge
    Jason Huls
    Sheri Scott 

    About Me:

    A Southern California native, I graduated with my BFA from California State University, Fullerton. My course of study was Studio Arts with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting.  In 2003, while working for Epson America, Inc. I made the move to the Austin area.  After spending 15 years in the software and hardware technology fields specializing in sales, marketing and strategic alliances, I transitioned to teaching and am Highly Qualified in both Special Education and Art Education by the State of Texas.  It is my belief that teaching is a calling and one of the most important goals one can devote themselves to.  I am honored to work with you and your children. 

     

    What is PASS? 

    Georgetown High School's PASS Program is a process for managing the behavior of students who are behaviorally at-risk and who have not responded to campus code of conduct interventions, classroom management strategies, or small-group interventions.

    • PASS provides individualized behavior education services to students with serious emotional or behavioral issues.

    • PASS teaches behavioral expectations primarily in mainstream settings.

    • PASS employs daily and weekly behavioral analysis to guide intervention using an FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) approach.

    • PASS is an alternative to the levels-system approach to services for students.
     
    How Does PASS Work?

    With the ongoing support of a PASS specialist, each student in PASS learns, practices, and implements individualized strategies that address targeted behaviors of concern. PASS is a four-phase process:

    • Phase 1: Preplacement; 
    incorporates activities prior to PASS placement, such as identifying appropriate students, developing behavior plans, and formalizing placement in PASS. 
     
    • Phase 2: Orientation; PASS provides intensive individualized social skills instruction and assists mainstream teachers in modifying and presenting limited academic instruction in a self-contained PASS classroom. 
     
    • Phase 3: Inclusion and Maintenance; PASS monitors students’ social/emotional progress in mainstream classes and corrects/re-teaches replacement behaviors as necessary. 
     
    • Phase 4: Aftercare; PASS supervises and supports PASS sponsors.

    Movement by the student through the second and third phases of PASS is not linear. Instead, the level of services a student receives is fluid and dependent on current behavioral needs. Students may, therefore, move from PASS monitoring back to the PASS classroom for a period of Re-Orientation and/or from PASS monitoring to self-monitoring. PASS staff analyze the data gathered during monitoring and uses it to inform the level of service they provide throughout these phases.

    PASS staff provide consistent, ongoing support for students throughout each phase, but most intensively during Inclusion and Maintenance. PASS staff reinforce replacement behavior and motivate students by frequent supervision (PASS Monitoring System) and by providing positive incentives that encourage growth. All intervention decisions are made by each student’s PASS team and are driven by a functional analysis of the student’s behavior supported by daily data collection.
     
    PASS is a collaborative effort by all key stakeholders in a student’s school life. Parents, administrators, the PASS staff, mainstream teachers, and others partner in their efforts to effectively support positive behavior change.
     
    As Case Manager for the PASS Program here at GHS my goal is to focus on individual student strengths while emphasizing the power and progress of even the smallest successes in growth.  It is my firm belief that High School completion is but the first step towards a life of accomplishment  and happiness for our students.
     

    I look forward to a great year of working with you and your children!