The SOPAA Guidebook

The book, Enhancing Instructional Problem Solving: An Efficient System for Assisting Struggling Learners, functions as a practical manual (or guidebook) for using the Systems-Oriented Plan for Academic Achievement (SOPAA) model - a model of academic support intended to supplement and enhance nearly any school’s existing approach to assisting struggling learners in reading, math, and writing.

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Purpose of this Website

This website serves as the companion (and support) website for the guidebook, Enhancing Instructional Problem Solving. The website offers supplemental information, consultative support, and materials to assist educators with using the guidebook.

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Not only will this guidebook assist your role as an educator, your purchase supports the mission of our education-based charitable organization, the Helps Education Fund. So thank you for your interest in the book and for supporting our organization! Click below to learn more about how you can support the Helps Education Fund.

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Already have the Guidebook?

If you do not already have access to the guidebook, click on the link below to read more about the SOPAA model, the book, and how they are designed to support educators. If you do have access to the guidebook, click the “Register” button at the top of this page to create a free account and begin accessing the supplemental resources and services provided on this website.

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Learn more about the SOPAA guidebook

Samples of the Book and More

Click the button below to access a menu of information that should address all of your preliminary questions about the SOPAA guidebook and website. For example, the menu allows you to view the book’s table of contents and Chapter 1. In addition, you will find information describing how the book can be used to supplement and enhance nearly any school’s existing model of support, including models such as response to intervention (RTI), professional learning communities (PLCs), and pre-referral intervention teams.

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Benefits of this Guidebook

When writing Enhancing Instructional Problem Solving, the authors attempted to produce a practitioner friendly guidebook and model of instructional problem-solving that could align with a school’s existing practices, allow for incremental implementation and sustainability, and be used in nearly any school to enhance the ways in which struggling learners are assisted. Applying information from this guidebook can be used to address student learning difficulties in reading, writing, and/or math.
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Meet the authors

Meet the authors of the SOPAA guidebook (Drs. John Begeny, Ann Schulte, and Kent Johnson) and learn more about their current and past professional activities.

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Frequently asked questions

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about the SOPAA model, such as: How much time is needed to use and benefit from this model? Can the SOPAA model be used in combination with another type of schoolwide problem-solving system (e.g. RTI), as well as in schools without a current system for improving students’ learning deficits? What are the primary advantages of using the SOPAA?

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Praise for the book

Leaders in the field of education—including researchers, practitioners, administrators, and nationally recognized consultants—have provided support for Enhancing Instructional Problem Solving as an important resource for assisting schools and struggling learners.

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