School-Based Intervention Team Resources Page [Updated January 2009]
The School-Based Intervention Team (SBIT) Project trains teams of educators at a school to work together as effective problem-solvers. Using the SBIT model, teams learn how to uncover the underlying reasons that a student might be experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties and to assemble practical, classroom-friendly interventions to address those student problems. SBIT Teams are made up of volunteers drawn from general- and special-education
teachers and support staff.

The SBIT project was first developed in 1994 by the Syracuse (NY) City School District. The New York State Education Department has recognized the SBIT project as an exemplary program for training schools to run effective pre-referral intervention teams. A number of other school districts in New York State and around the nation have adopted the SBIT problem-solving model for their own students.

SBIT forms and related resources are posted on the
Intervention Central web site with the permission of the Syracuse City School District. Schools are welcome to download these materials as a guide to setting up their own pre-referral intervention teams.

For more information about SBIT, contact:
Stephanie Burt Pelcher
School-Based Intervention Team Coordinator
Syracuse City School District
1153 West Fayette Street
Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13204

PH: 315-435-4236


Elementary Problem-Solving Team Forms (Revised October 2010)

Here are updated forms from the Syracuse (NY) City School District for problem-solving teams:

  • School-Based Intervention Teams (SBIT) Forms (Revised October 2010). The School-Based Intervention Team is designed to function as an RTI problem-solving team in elementary schools. This packet includes forms for teacher referral, recording interventions developed at the meeting, a 'QuickGuide' to help team members to follow the problem-solving process, and more.
Middle School Problem-Solving Team Forms (Revised October 2008)


  • Support Team for At-Risk Students (STARS) Forms (Revised October 2008). The Support Team for At-Risk Students is an RTI problem-solving team model designed for middle schools. This packet includes forms for teacher referral, recording interventions developed at the meeting, and other resources

Additional School-Based Intervention Team Resources

Inspirational Video

Roll 'em: SBIT Inspirational Video. The Syracuse (NY) School-Based Intervention Team (SBIT) project has put together a short (5-minute) movie with inspirational quotes for educators. You can use this brief video to provide an uplifting note at training sessions for intervention teams.
Downloading Directions: This 11-MB movie file is in mpeg ('.mpg') format. It has a running time of about 4 mins 30 seconds. To download and save to your computer, right-click on the movie graphic and choose 'Save Target As...': TIP: If you have trouble downloading, you can try returning to the site at a less busy time to download this movie file.


FAQs About the SBIT Project. This brief, easy-to-read introduction to the School-Based Intervention Team Project can be shared with administrators, teachers, parents, and other audiences who want to learn more about the SBIT pre-referral intervention team model.

The School Pre-Referral Intervention Team: A Checklist for Getting Started. Newly formed pre-referral intervention team can take steps early in the school year to greatly increase its chances of success. This checklist offers a concise framework for quickly establishing your team as an effective teacher support.
Motivating the 'Reluctant' Teacher: Six Strategies for Pre-Referral Intervention Teams. Change is difficult-especially in schools! Pre-referral intervention teams sometimes find that teachers in their buildings are reluctant to refer students to them or may be unwilling to carry out the intervention plans agreed to at an intervention-team meeting. Presented in this handout are six key 'social influence' strategies for motivating teachers to use your pre-referral intervention team and follow through with interventions.

Tools for Intervention Team 'Tune-Ups'. Even those pre-referral intervention teams that have been working together for a long time will find it beneficial to reflect occasionally on their overall effectiveness. This section contains forms that problem-solving teams may find useful to identify areas in their functioning that need improvement and to generate possible solutions for these gaps. Among these forms are a 'School-Based Intervention Team Effectiveness Rating Scale'. This rating scale looks at 'critical items' in team functioning and provides the SBIT Team with invaluable information about those areas in which the team is doing well and those in which the team may be struggling.