Description: Schools that have support systems in place that engage students rather than demand student compliance have less discipline problems, increased student achievement, and higher graduation rates (Bruening, 2014). Giving students a voice in school priorities and reforms is an effective way to improve student outcomes and is critical to ensuring student engagement. The Student RTI²-B Leadership Team seeks the perspective of the entire student body, thus becoming the voice for all students. This team receives guidance and oversight from a representative of the School RTI²-B Leadership Team. By gathering input from students and involving students in the RTI²-B process, schools move from things being “done to students” to “working with students” (Smyth, 2006).
Goal: The primary goal of the Student RTI²-B Leadership Team is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to provide input regarding school-wide behavior initiatives.
Expected Outcomes: Successful Student RTI²-B Leadership Teams create outcomes that give students a voice in a positive, friendly manner. Students become more engaged and motivated because their voices are heard. There is a decrease in discipline problems and an increase in academic achievement and graduation rates. Additionally, school climate becomes more positive, allowing teachers to teach and students to learn.
Team Composition: The Student RTI²-B Leadership Team will be comprised of a diverse and representative group of students. This team should include representatives from the following:
- All grade levels (elementary—grades 3 and up)
- All ethnicities
- Academic diversity