Tennessee Behavior Supports Project
October 2016
East Side Elementary
Kenrose Elementary

huge shout out to East Side Elementary! East Side has an SWPBS (now RTI2-B) team comprised of school administration, all grade levels, and support/related arts personnel that meet once a month to discuss school level expectations, positive reinforcement, and behavioral data. The team analyzes the data, shares strategies that are effective, and makes suggestion to improve the overall program for all students. Students also are informed of school wide data, and goals are set to help make improvements. East Side Elementary students respond well to the positive reinforcement strategies in place and enjoy the opportunities to earn individual, group, and school-wide rewards. East Side teachers and staff also enjoy earning rewards and receiving recognition. SWPBS is an exciting part of what makes East Side Elementary a great school!

Using Data in RTI2-B
The use of data for making data-based decisions and problem-solving is one of the core principles in RTI2-B. During the first 9 weeks of the school year, teams are expected to conduct a universal behavior screener, as well as a fidelity measure. The screener tool most Tennessee schools will use is the SRSS-IE, and the implementation fidelity tool is the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI). Below are several tips for the use of the SRSS-IE and TFI in the Tier I implementation process:
  • Universal Behavior Screeners (this includes the SRSS-IE) are an assessment of ALL students on social-emotional indicators. When combined with other data sources, we can identify students who may need additional supports. The screener is one tool for data-based decision-making.
  • When using the SRSS-IE at the Tier I level, we are looking at the overall school risk to make sure we have an appropriate and effective Tier I plan in place. This can be done by looking at the screener data by grade level to see if there are certain grade levels that may require additional support, as well as comparing time points throughout the year to analyze the school-wide plan and determine if the overall school risk is reduced with effective implementation of the Tier I plan.
  • The TFI is a tool used to measure fidelity and provides an indication of the extent to which different RTI2-B features are in place within a school. The TFI is used to assess fidelity of all three tiers, and should be used by teams to help improve the school’s implementation of their RTI2-B plan.
  • Teams will use the information from the TFI to look at overall improvement and growth over time. It will also serve as a way to progress monitor your school’s Tier I plan which will, in turn, drive your team’s action planning throughout the year. Lastly, The TFI will be used for state recognition as a Model of Demonstration School. This is one piece of data the state and the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project will use to determine which schools qualify for Model of Demonstration status.
  • Please be sure to watch the Data Webinar #1 (available on the TBSP website) for more information on the SRSS-IE and TFI.
Model of Demonstration Schools
Now is the time for your school to apply to be considered a Model of Demonstration school in Tennessee. This process is constructed to recognize schools for successful implementation of RTI2-B. Please use this link to submit your school’s application: TBSP Model of Demonstration School Application
What’s Happening This Month
Be sure to visit the TBSP website for resources and happenings!
Don’t’ forget to participate in our next Classroom Management webinar. It will be on November 29. The next webinar in our Data series will be on February 28. Visit our website for additional training dates and opportunities: http://tennesseebsp.org/
The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project is supported by a Technical Assistance Grant within the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University
funded by the Tennessee Department of Education (Grant # 4-26-230-2023)

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