April Monthly Spotlight-Power Center Academy Elementary!

The West TBSP team is excited about how PCA Elementary is engaging families in their RTI2-B program! Check out their story below:

 Mrs. Rogers (left) and Mrs. Jones (right)

Mrs. Rogers (left) and Mrs. Jones (right)

"Starting in 2015, Power Center Academy Elementary School is continuously growing and currently serves over 500 K-3 graders. Realizing the impact of acknowledging the good choices and behaviors of our scholars through lots of positive narration and Squire Bucks (token economy) for exhbiting positive behaviors, we reached out to our Parent Action Committee to gain support from our families for components of our PBIS program. We realized the need for their support in order to make all components of our PBIS program sustainable. 

Our parents kindly support teachers with their classroom requests and are fully on board as they give freely to our scholars! Parental support ensures that Power Center Academy Elementary School is able to provide over 10,000 items for scholars to enjoy when they spend their Squire Bucks in the Mega-Squire Store and this helps to reinforce the building of intrinsic motivation in our scholars to make positive choices. Moreover, our parents help us to keep alive the old adage, "it takes a village" as their support goes along way in ensuring all scholars celebrated! Pictured here is Mrs. Rogers, PAC President 2017-2018 and one of our most active parents, Mrs. Jones, parent of Jerry Jones- 3rd grader. Mrs. Jones regularly shops for our scholars, and brings trunk loads of gifts. Mrs. Jones sets up the Mega-Squire Store, is always dependable and selfless in giving her time to PCAES' PBIS programs! We salute all of our parents and extend a super special shout out to Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Jones!"

Spring 2018 District Coaches Meeting

We are thrilled to serve so many schools with district support because we know this is vital to long-term sustainability. Providing technical assistance to our district coaches is one of the many ways that we continue to support our districts regularly!

Spring 2018 Regional Coaches Meeting

Regional Coaches meetings occur each semester and give our coaches an opportunity to learn more, share ideas, and network (and enjoy a yummy catered lunch!). During the Spring 2018 meeting, our Coaches enjoyed booster trainings on family engagement and data collection. Then, our Coaches spent time in grade-level groups sharing struggles and successes at their schools. 

February Monthly Spotlight: Lauderdale County!

With any PBIS program, it can be difficult to get buy-in from your staff. Lauderdale County is experiencing great success with their RTI2/B staff reinforcement program. Below, we have included testimonials from Ripley High School and Halls High School.

“Each student was given 1 ROAR ticket. During the week, they had to catch a teacher exhibiting one of the ROAR traits (Responsibility, Optimism, Accountability, Respect). They had to circle the trait and write on the back specifically what the teacher had done to show that trait. Tickets were counted up by grade to find the teacher who received the most tickets in that grade level. The actions were read over the PA system and the 4 winning teachers were given the option to take an early out during the last block of the day or lunch off campus… Most students focused on optimism and respect. They reported teachers who always greeted them with a friendly greeting. Teachers who help them when they don’t understand. Teachers who care. I felt this was probably because those are the traits they crave the most from adults.”

-Stacey Horn, Ripley High

“We began our RTI2/B program with the thought that teachers should be receiving cards as well.  So, we do giveaways/drawings for the teachers first and then we do drawings for the students each nine weeks. The tickets are separated into two different pots each time. You might not be able to tell from the picture below, but one of our teacher winners is standing in the middle back row.  Mr. Pike received a ticket from a student and was drawn for the ‘Wear Jeans for a Week’ prize.  Ms. Joni Ketchum was not in the picture, but her name was drawn for the ‘Leave Campus and Eat Lunch with a Buddy’ prize.  Teachers are always fighting for that one!! We have also had students turn in tickets for bus drivers as well.  So far, they haven’t been drawn for a prize, but if we draw their name, we will come up with something creative to give them that doesn’t cost very much.  It’s fun and the students enjoy having the ability to praise someone when they do something nice.  We all deserve it!!!!”

-Shellie Smith, Halls High

Way to go, Lauderdale County! 

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Fall Regional Coaches Meeting

Regional Coaches meetings occur each semester and give our coaches an opportunity to learn more, share ideas, and network (and enjoy a yummy catered lunch!). During the Fall 2017 meeting, our Coaches enjoyed an overview presentation on Family Engagement. Also, one of our coaches presented about the success she has had with a program that she uses to communicate with her RTI2/B team.

RTI2-B Regional Coaches’ Meeting University of Memphis Lambuth

 Hether Palasterer, West TN Behavior Supports Project Coach Facilitator, shares information with RTI2-B coaches from 8 districts and 26 schools that are currently implementing RTI2-B.

Hether Palasterer, West TN Behavior Supports Project Coach Facilitator, shares information with RTI2-B coaches from 8 districts and 26 schools that are currently implementing RTI2-B.

 Elementary district and school coaches from across West Tennessee share triumphs and challenges in break-out group.

Elementary district and school coaches from across West Tennessee share triumphs and challenges in break-out group.

 Carolyn Stark, West TN Behavior Supports Project Data and Website Consultant, shows coaches highlights of the Project website www.tbspmemphis.com

Carolyn Stark, West TN Behavior Supports Project Data and Website Consultant, shows coaches highlights of the Project website www.tbspmemphis.com

 Middle school and high school coaches share triumphs and challenges in break-out groups.

Middle school and high school coaches share triumphs and challenges in break-out groups.

National PBIS Leadership Forum Chicago

This two-day forum for school, state, district and regional Leadership Teams and other professionals provided a variety of sessions designed to help increase the effectiveness of PBIS implementation.

 RTI2-­‐B West TN Team Members (from Left) Debbie Williams, Paula Brownyard, Hether Palasterer, Cara Richardson, Carolyn Stark, Linda Page, and Patty Outten

RTI2-­‐B West TN Team Members (from Left) Debbie Williams, Paula Brownyard, Hether Palasterer, Cara Richardson, Carolyn Stark, Linda Page, and Patty Outten

LEAD Conference Nashville October 24, 2016

 Carolyn Stark (R) along with Arlington Elem. (Jackson-­‐Madison Co) Guidance Counselor Aimee Evans and Principal Kippi Jordan participated in a break-­‐out session at the LEAD conference.

Carolyn Stark (R) along with Arlington Elem. (Jackson-­‐Madison Co) Guidance Counselor Aimee Evans and Principal Kippi Jordan participated in a break-­‐out session at the LEAD conference.

 Kippi Jordan and Aimee Evans, as part of a state-­‐wide panel, discussed challenges and successes with supporting teachers’ implementation of effective classroom positive behavior practices within an RTI2-­‐B framework.

Kippi Jordan and Aimee Evans, as part of a state-­‐wide panel, discussed challenges and successes with supporting teachers’ implementation of effective classroom positive behavior practices within an RTI2-­‐B framework.

Source: https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/lead-co...

Dr. Laura Casey Workshop

The West TN Behavior Supports Project is sponsored a FREE training opportunity, Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Planning. We hosted two FREE workshops on this topic with Dr. Laura Casey on August 24th and 25th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the University of Memphis University Center Theater. The workshop reviewed the FBA process including indirect and direct measures, creating hypotheses about the functions of the behavior, understanding how the function(s) can be tied to the behavior intervention plan (BIP), and learning how to troubleshoot interventions. 

 West Tennessee Behavior Supports Project consultant Hether Pflasterer provided an overview of our project prior to Dr. Casey's presentation. 

West Tennessee Behavior Supports Project consultant Hether Pflasterer provided an overview of our project prior to Dr. Casey's presentation. 

 West Tennessee Behavior Supports Project Principal Investigator Dr. Will Hunter welcomed participants on behalf of the grant.

West Tennessee Behavior Supports Project Principal Investigator Dr. Will Hunter welcomed participants on behalf of the grant.

 Dr. Laura Casey, Associate Professor in Instruction Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis and Co-Principal Investigator for West Tennessee Behavior Supports Project, led in a workshop on Functional Behavior Assessments for Wednesday and Thursday sessions at the University of Memphis. 

Dr. Laura Casey, Associate Professor in Instruction Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis and Co-Principal Investigator for West Tennessee Behavior Supports Project, led in a workshop on Functional Behavior Assessments for Wednesday and Thursday sessions at the University of Memphis.