Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Team

Family and community engagement (FACE) within the RTI2-B Framework is essential for the success and fidelity of implementation and will enhance all the core features of RTI2-B. According to the RTI2-B FACE model (pictured right), FACE guiding principles require that FACE initiatives are systemic, integrated, and sustained. Our FACE plans are interwoven into our school-wide behavioral plans at all levels of intervention. These plans must also be supported by school leadership and sustained with resources and infrastructure.

The core features of FACE, within RTI2-B, are that it is collaborative, relational, developmental, data-based, and is delivered in a multi-tiered system of supports. In order to be collaborative, we work together with families and the community to support RTI2-B. Our teams will provide opportunities for families and the community to develop their understanding of RTI2-B, while empowering families and communities in the process. We prioritize positive relationships with families and the community because we recognize that our strategies will not work without mutual trust and two-way communication. When planning our interventions, our decisions are always based on what our data says. Our interventions are varying in intensity based on the need of the family, student, and community. The RTI2-B FACE model was adapted from the U.S. Department of Education’s Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Mapp & Kuttner, 2013; pictured below). The guiding principles of the model are reflective of the framework’s organizational conditions, and the core features are reflective of the process conditions. This framework has been integrated with the features of RTI2-B to create the FACE model for RTI2-B.

The WTBSP recommends for teams that are implementing Tier 1, with fidelity, to consider developing a FACE Leadership team. A FACE Leadership Team consists of no more than 8 members. These individuals should have a strong understanding of RTI2-B. At least 1 member from the each of the RTI2-B tiered leadership teams should serve on the FACE Team, as well as the district RTI2-B coach, school faculty and staff, community members, family members, and students (when age-appropriate). Appropriate community members may be identified by considering community stakeholders and agencies with a strong presence in the school and in the life of students (after-school programs, mental health agencies, local government, etc.). The FACE Leadership Team commits to attending 1 and a half days of training and meeting at least 6-9 times per academic year. The team will evaluate the effectiveness of implementation of FACE goals, analyze and problem-solve FACE data, collaborate with Tier 1 and Tier 2 leadership teams on FACE needs and goals, and regularly provide FACE updates through faculty meetings. If you are interested in developing a FACE team, complete the FACE Readiness Checklist and email to Shelby Cook at sbrnkley@memphis.edu.