We love seeing stories about RTI2-Behavior in local newspapers! This is a great way to engage the community with what's happening at school. All of Dyersburg got to see how Dyersburg Primary Schools are excelling in their implementation of RTI2-B. We are proud to have them as a Model of Demonstration school. Way to go, DPS! Click the title of this post to see the entire article on the State Gazette website.
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!
Our consultants Carolyn Stark and Shelby Cook enjoyed working with all 5 Gestalt county schools at Tier 1 Training. RTI2-Behavior works best when the entire district is on board, and Gestalt's district office is supporting their schools well!
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.
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!
Schools from each district (West, Middle, and East) in Tennessee were recognized for being Models of Demonstration or Schools of Recognition, and were presented with certificates that representatives from the school's RTI2-B team accepted on the school's behalf. These and other school representatives also enjoyed a special session at the conference just for them!
Lakeland Elementary School is excelling at engaging their community and families through their website. Check out their RTI2/B information page! What a great way to share the program with stakeholders! Great work!
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.
Our team had the pleasure of presenting a poster at the 2017 PBIS Leadership Forum in Chicago, IL. Our poster was titled, "The Foundation of PBIS Sustainability: Leadership at Every Level" and detailed the importance of district and school leadership for the sustainability of PBIS programs.
Check out these photos from Dyer County's District Kickoff for RTI2-B. We love that this event was featured in their local newspaper. Great job engaging your families and communities, Dyer!
Renowned speaker and author in the field of education, Dr. Scott is a Professor, Distinguished University Scholar, and Director of the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools at the University of Louisville. Dr. Scott has contributed to over 120 publications, including peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and training media. We greatly enjoyed hosting a workshop by Dr. Scott to give our West TN schools the opportunity to learn from him!Read More
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.
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.