Three Franklin Special School District schools have been named RTI2-B Silver Model of Demonstration Schools as announced by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) for Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B). Of the 1800 schools across Tennessee, only 29 schools were recognized as Model of Demonstration Schools in Middle Tennessee.

Within the designation of Model of Demonstration Schools, there are three levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold – depending on the fidelity of implementation at Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III.  We are excited to announce that Liberty Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle have all been designated as Silver Models.

All three of these schools have been participants in training and technical assistance provided by TBSP and has undergone the process of implementing a positive and proactive behavioral systems framework for all students. The RTI2-B framework consists of: identifying common behavioral expectations across campus, teaching, re-teaching, reinforcing, and regularly acknowledging students, faculty, and families for exhibiting these expectations.

All model schools apply this framework to improve the climate, culture, and proactive disciplinary practices which directly impacts student engagement and school connectedness. In meeting this award criteria, Liberty Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle demonstrated use of school-wide behavioral data to inform teaching practices and levels of support provided to students based on need. Twice a year, they also reflected on overall fidelity to guide their implementation of the RTI2-B framework.

It is TBSP’s goal to have model schools within a relatively close distance to others who are interested in seeing an exemplary school implementing RTI2-B. As a Silver RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School, these three FSSD schools can now serve as a mentors to other schools across Middle Tennessee.

While these three schools applied for and received this level of statewide recognition, all FSSD schools work hard to create an RTI2-B framework that puts a methodical process in place to ensure that all students are supported as they work to their full potential in academics, social and emotional well-being, with the guidance and assistance from the faculty, staff and administrators.

These three schools will be recognized at the Tennessee Partners in Education Conference at the end of January in Nashville. The purpose of this identification is to promote model schools to share their practices and examples with others across the state as well as to celebrate each school’s effort and dedication to meeting the needs of their students.