September Monthly Spotlight: Collierville Elementary School!

Engaging substitute teachers in your RTI2-B plan can be a challenge. Collierville Elementary School (CES) has an awesome resource to share with you in this month’s spotlight. Check out the images below to see their RTI2-B Substitute Teacher Flyer! You can also download a PDF of the flyer here. This detailed flyer is a great example of how to share about your RTI2-B program and give substitute teachers the critical information they need to participate in providing effective reinforcement and appropriate consequences while the classroom teacher is away. It’s important that student’s know that the school-wide behavior expectations are still in place when a substitute is in charge!

Do you have a story to share? Learn more about how to be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

August Monthly Spotlight: Lara Kendall Elementary School!

Videos are a great way to teach expectations and get students excited about RTI2-B. Students love them, especially when they are connected to pop culture in some way. We love this cover of Old Town Road from Lara Kendall Elementary School in Lake County! Their students will definitely remember the Falcon Way: Be Ready, Be Responsible and Have Respect after seeing this video!

Check out Lara Kendall Elementary School's cover of Old Town Road with their RTI2-B Expectations of Be Ready, Be Responsible and Have Respect.

Thank you for sharing this work with us, LKES! Do you have a story to share with us? Learn more about how to be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

July Monthly Spotlight: FACE Team at East Elementary School!

The Family and Community Engagement Team at East Elementary in Humboldt, TN is hard at work planning for the 2019-2020 school year. You will not believe all that they have already accomplished!

To begin, their Open House (registration night) will be structured like a community fair. All of the classrooms will be open for family members to view and visit with teachers. In the cafeteria, there will be tables set up featuring different community partners, including several non-profit and educational agencies, a local pediatric clinic, a local mental health agency, and local businesses. They will also have a photo booth set up for family and community members to take photos with a small dry erase board where they can write why they love HCS (Humboldt County Schools). These photos will be used during the school’s RTI2-B Kickoff Week, which will be IHeartHCS week!

Their plans for their RTI2-B Kickoff are equally impressive. Throughout the week, students will engage in Olympic-style challenges to practice their RTI2-B expectations. The team has a social media campaign planned for each day of the week, where they will share pictures of students, family members, and community members. If you don’t follow East Elementary on Facebook yet, do so HERE to follow them throughout their kickoff week!

Check out the photos from the last FACE team meeting. This meeting included a walkthrough of the school, including the clothing closet and sensory room that this team’s efforts has built. Misty Lewis’s, school counselor and the FACE team lead, goal is that families and community members are familiar and feel welcome in the school.

Finally, the team’s School Supply Drive led by Helping Hand (local nonprofit) caught the attention of the local newspaper. The secretary of Helping Hand is an active member of the FACE team at EES.

East Elementary FACE Team

East Elementary FACE Team

This team is able to do such great work because of all the various community members that are included. Check out this list of team members:

•School Counselor-Tier 3 Representative/Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education
•Principal-Tier 3 Representative/14 year HCS Employee
•Instructional Coach-Previous Parent Involvement Team/HHS Graduate
•6th Grade Teacher/Student Principal’s Club Chair
•5th Grade Teacher/Tier 1 Representative
•Cafeteria Staff/Bus Monitor
•Cafeteria Staff/Parent of 2nd grader, 9th Grader, recent High School Graduate
•Parent of 4th/5th graders/Member of local manufacturing facility staff (team to help support community needs)
•Non-profit Secretary/Local Business Owner/HHS Graduate
•Parents of 2nd Grader/District Office Staff (pupil services)/Local Business owners/etc.
•Police Chief
•Health Connect America Staff/HHS Graduate/Parent of High School Student
•Bus Driver/Previous Teacher/Lifelong Humboldt Resident/HHS Graduate

If you have questions about how to build family and community engagement at your school, email our FACE Consultant, Shelby Cook at sbnkley@memphis.edu . You can learn more about Family and Community Engagement Leadership HERE , and check out our online FACE resources HERE.

Do you have a story to share? Learn more about how to be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

June Monthly Spotlight: Haywood County Middle School!

Haywood County middle school, administrators, teachers, district staff, and superintendent are giving up three days of their summer to train on RTI2-B Tier 1 Implementation. They’re giving 120%, and they’re extremely excited about implementation. We were honored to work with this team and are eager to see their plans put into action!

Do you have a story to share? Learn more about how to be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

IMG_4283.JPG

Tennessee Family Engagement Conference

WTBSP Site Consultants Shelby Cook and Sandra Harper enjoyed presenting alongside one of our school partners, Misty Lewis, at the Tennessee Family Engagement Conference on Tuesday, June 11 in Murfreesboro, TN. Our presentation focused on Engaging Families and the Community in RTI2-B. To view the presentation slides, click here. You can view all of our Family and Community Engagement resources here.

May Monthly Spotlight: Lakeland School System!

Lakeland School System (LSS) is an exemplar for district leadership, and we are excited to share their story with you! Learn more about how to share your story and be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

You’ve heard us say it before—district leadership is essential for success and sustainability in RTI2-B. Lakeland Schools are a great example of how district leadership can support implementation. Check out this great End of Year Checklist provided by the district coach to the school RTI2-B team coaches. Even without district support, this checklist is a great guide in wrapping up RTI2-B for the year and making plans for success in the next school year. Thanks for sharing this great resource with us, LSS!

Lakeland School System’s End of Year Checklist for RTI2-B. Click on the image to download an editable word document file.

Lakeland School System’s End of Year Checklist for RTI2-B. Click on the image to download an editable word document file.

April Monthly Spotlight: Dyersburg Primary School!

Dyersburg Primary School’s Student Leadership Team

Dyersburg Primary School’s Student Leadership Team

Dyersburg Primary School (DPS) is excelling in their implementation of a student leadership team, and we are excited to share their story with you! Learn more about how to share your story and be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

The student leadership team at DPS consists of students who are selected by their peers to represent their class on the team. They have a lunch meeting twice annually with the DPS administrative team. On the agenda, we discuss the school rules and if the students feel the rules are important and helpful to everyone at the school. Finally, we discuss how they would like to change our school rules and procedures. Additionally, we discuss and update the DPS compact with the students—specifically the part that has to do with what students can do to ensure they are successful at school.  Interestingly, they suggested that we add that students should be responsible and come to school regularly—very wise! 

The compact for the 2018-19 school year is pictured below. At the bottom of the second page you can see the portion that is about DPS students. The suggestion about attendance will be added to the compact for the 2019-2020 school year and suggestions from other stakeholders will be included as well.  

Dyersburg Primary School Compact, Page 1

Dyersburg Primary School Compact, Page 1

Dyersburg Primary School Compact, Page 2

Dyersburg Primary School Compact, Page 2

March Monthly Spotlight: Ross Elementary!

Thank you, Ross Elementary, for sharing your story with us! We are excited about the work you are doing! Learn more about how to share your story and be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

Ross Elementary’s flyer for the Teacher of the Month program.

Ross Elementary’s flyer for the Teacher of the Month program.

Check out this great idea to acknowledge teachers from Ross Elementary School! Each month, one teacher is recognized for excellent work across a variety of content areas, including consistently modeling their school-wide expectations of the 3 Rs (Respect, Responsibility, Ready). Just like our students, teachers love to be recognized for their hard work. In training, we talk about how important staff behavior change is in RTI2-B. If we have expectations for our students, we must model those expectations for them! Moreover, if administrators want teachers recognize students for good behavior, they can practice what they preach by recognizing good teacher behavior! You’ve heard us say it 100 times—administrative support is key to transform school climate!

At Ross Elementary, the Teacher of the Month enjoys a their very own parking spot, a certificate from administration, their photo on a bulletin board, acknowledgement on morning and afternoon announcements, a recognition banner above their classroom door, a gift basket, and they get to pull something out of an incentive grab bag. What an amazing list of rewards! Check out the photos of some of these great reinforcers below!

Great work, Ross Elementary! We are proud of the work that you are doing in creating a positive school climate for everyone in the building!

Spring Regional Coaches Meeting 2019

One of the perks of being a RTI2-B Coach is getting to attend the regional coaches meeting twice per year! These meetings are a great time for networking and celebrating the hard work of our teams. This semester, our site consultant Hether Pflasterer organized a fantastic event where coaches learned all about our Classroom Systems resources. Coaches then had the opportunity to network and discuss relevant classroom management issues with their colleagues through a fun game using stress balls. Our Site Consultants also had informational booths set up on Tier 2 and Family and Community Engagement for coaches to visit at their leisure. Check out the photos below!

For more information on Tier 2 interventions, click here.

For more information on Family and Community Engagement, click here.

February Monthly Spotlight: Holice Powell Elementary!

Thank you, Holice Powell Elementary, for sharing your story with us! We are excited about the work you are doing! Learn more about how to share your story and be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

We had fun celebrating our students who have been demonstrating positive behaviors the 2nd nine weeks. These students demonstrated our Choctaw Pride Expectations which are Have Respect, Prepare Yourself, and Show Responsibility. We had an animal show and the students were even able to hold a blue and gold macaw, red footed tortoise, and an albino corn snake.

Partners in Education Conference and New Models of Demonstration!

The 2019 Partners in Education (PIE) Conference in Nashville, TN was an incredible opportunity to network with colleagues and celebrate their success. We had a great time sharing about the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at the vendor fair and at our breakout sessions. Several of our region’s schools presented at the conference as well, including representatives from East Elementary in Humboldt and Bartlett County Schools. We are proud to have them representing West TBSP!

Our 2018-19 Models of Demonstration and Schools of Recognition were awarded at the conference luncheon on Wednesday. See photos of our recipients below!

After lunch, awardees attended an exclusive, invite-only session where they were able to celebrate and learn more about their new designation within the Modules of Demonstrations- Schools of Recognition (MOD-SOR). Cameisha Emerson shard some of the great work they are doing at Bolivar Central High School.

Many of these schools were also featured at our state-wide Tier 2 Share Fair on Wednesday afternoon. Schools from around the state came to see the exceptional Tier 2 strategies being implemented by our schools. Theresa Nicholls, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Populations and Student Support, came out to show her support of our teams as well.

January Monthly Spotlight: Altruria Elementary School!

We took a short hiatus from the monthly spotlight in December for the holidays, but we’re happy to be back sharing stories of great work happening in our region. Thank you, Altruria Elementary, for sharing your story with us! We are excited about the work you are doing.

Altruria Elementary's RTI2-Behavior Team wanted to improve attendance by rewarding students who attend school all day every day. The team created a quarterly HERO (Here - Every day - Ready - On time) Party to celebrate these students. The first HERO party was a Glow Dance Party. Students who qualified with perfect attendance for the first quarter and E's or G's in conduct got to dance to some of their favorite tunes in a dark gym with black lights and glow sticks for each student. Each HERO party will have a different theme and will take place after each quarter, so students who did not qualify to attend the first party will have 3 more chances to attend. The students and staff had a great time!

Learn more about how to share your story and be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

45225004_2300837443495812_5398163133837606912_n.jpg

November Monthly Spotlight-Lakeland Middle Preparatory School!

Thank you, Lakeland Middle, for sharing your story with us! We are excited about the work you are doing! Learn more about how to share your story and be featured in a monthly spotlight HERE.

Lakeland Middle Preparatory School’s LIONS recently celebrated our students’ Quarter 1 behavior by hosting our 1st “Mane Money” Rewards Store. Students earn “Mane Money” for following our R.O.A.R. expectations (Responsible, Outstanding, Accountable, and Respectful). They are able to spend their “Mane Money” on glow sticks, sunglasses, tattoos, vampire teeth, fidget spinners, bouncy balls, Frisbees, and more. Students also earned “Peace Days” for their R.O.A.R. behavior and got to wear silly socks or hats all day.

RTI2Bpic_3.jpeg

Regional Coaches Meeting Fall 2018

One of the perks of being a RTI2-B Coach is getting to attend the regional coaches meeting twice per year! These meetings are a great time for networking and celebrating the hard work of our teams. This semester, our site consultant Hether Pflasterer organized a fantastic share fair, where our Models of Demonstration schools set up informational booths about the RTI2-B programs at their schools. Coaches had the opportunity to learn tips and tricks from each other in this interactive format. Shelby Cook, another one of our consultants, also had a booth to talk with folks about signing up for Family and Community Engagement training. Check out the photos below!

Special thanks to our MOD schools for helping to make this event a success! The leadership that you provide to our region is paramount.

To learn more about Models of Demonstration, click here.

To learn more about Family and Community Engagement training, email sbrnkley@memphis.edu.

October Monthly Spotlight-Family and Community Engagement in Humboldt City Schools!

Humboldt City Schools recently finished our first Family and Community Engagement in RTI2-B Training! They are off to a great start with plans to engage stakeholders in new and exciting ways. Check out these photos from our training and the flyer below for one of their first events!

For more information about Family and Community Engagement (FACE) in RTI2-B, click here or email Shelby Cook at sbrnkley@memphis.edu. We are currently recruiting schools for spring FACE trainings.

Are you wondering, what is a monthly spotlight? Click here. Would you like us to feature your school or district’s story in a monthly spotlight? Apply here.

West TN Special Education Conference

We were honored to sponsor the keynote speakers at the West TN SPED Conference this year. All three speakers, Dr. George Sugai, Dr. Erica McCray, and Dr. Dia Jackson were phenomenal! Check out our photos below.

September Monthly Spotlight-Lakeland Elementary School!

We want to give a huge shoutout to Lakeland Elementary for sharing this story with us! We are proud of the great work happening at LES. Learn more about how to share your story and be featured at http://www.tbspmemphis.com/monthly-spotlight/

Lakeland Elementary started the school year out with a bang as we had a kickoff party for our ROAR (Responsible, Outstanding, Accountable, and Respectful) program. The Lakeland Elementary cheerleaders got everyone pumped by greeting students as they came into the gym. All of our students participated in an assembly that included cheers, a review of expectations, and 'how to' videos of great ROAR behavior in the cafeteria, hallway, and bathroom. Our assistant principal, Mrs. Sharonda Rose, put together a great program along with our ROAR team.