BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 is a regional educational service agency created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1971 to serve the needs of public and nonpublic schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties.
Unit 17 assists regional schools with their charge to educate special needs children, provide speech, hearing, and vision services as well as psychological services. Their training and consultant staff provides a valuable resource to districts in the areas of behavioral management, reading & literacy strategies, progress monitoring, brain development theory, and technology usage…..just to name a few.
Derek and Laura Cabrera worked with Unit 17 for many years, training hundreds (if not thousands) of teachers and their executive team in DSRP Systems Thinking. They helped shape its both mission and vision, and created an after-school program called ThinkSTEM, which provides support and resources to help kids delve deeper into topics of interest.
In an initiative centered at residential facilities, the Cabreras worked with teachers to implement DSRP techniques and frameworks in select classrooms. Research and observation of the initiative's progress showed positive development across the board, along with reductions in negative outcomes compared to classrooms without the training.