Tennessee Behavior Supports Project
October 2017
Mill Creek Middle School
Kenrose Elementary

huge shout out to Mill Creek Middle School in Williamson County! They have embraced RTI2-B in their school and are continuously growing their framework. They have worked diligently to teach students the expectations and acknowledge them throughout the year. They are also working to further include students in their Tier I plan. In the words of Cameron Gish, Assistant Principal at Mill Creek Middle School, “We have all of the students rotate through the school to learn more about the expectations matrix for each location (bathroom, hallway, library, etc.). We did this on the first day of school this year and it was a big success! We also have students list their most preferred prizes for The Dock (our PBIS store), which our PTO helps secure through donations. We are also planning on including more student input in our quarterly Maverick Mayhem celebrations so we target specific activities they would be interested in doing with their friends.” Keep up the great work, Mill Creek Middle!

Involving Students in Your School’s RTI2-B Plan
RTI2-B is a school-wide initiative intended to improve overall school climate and student outcomes. Involving students is an easy, and necessary, way of increasing student buy-in in your school’s RTI2-B plan. Plus, student involvement is a requirement for team composition on the TFI for high schools (and is highly recommended for elementary and middle schools). So how can schools involve students in RTI2-B? Here are a few tips to help you out:
  • Include a student representative(s) on the Tier I team. Students can attend some meetings to give feedback on parts of the Tier I plan such as the expectations, the teaching plan, or the acknowledgement system.
  • Have students assist in the teaching of school-wide expectations. Some schools have used students to help create videos to share with the rest of the school, or have students model the expectations during assemblies.
  • Include students in the designing of expectation posters. This could be done as a project in art class, or done as a competition.
  • Ask students for their ideas and input about incentives the Tier I team is planning to offer as part of the Tier I acknowledgement system. If student’s have a voice in selecting incentives, they’ll more likely be motivated to work for them.
  • Student ambassadors (who exemplify the school-wide expectations) may be used to introduce new students to the school. These student ambassadors could also assist in giving tours to families and community members.
  • Involve students in assemblies and pep rallies to celebrate RTI2-B.
  • If your school has a school or classroom stores, student leaders could be responsible for managing the store. Responsiblities include: stocking the shelves, managing the cash register (i.e., accepting tickets/points), etc.
Have Questions? Need Resources?
If you have a success story to share about what is going well with RTI2-B in your school, check out the Success Stories page on the TBSP website. We would love to hear about it! We have added additional resources and videos to our website. To access these materials, visit the TBSP website http://tennesseebsp.org/ and click on “Resources.”
What’s Happening?
The fall Tiered Fidelity Inventory window for participating schools is October 16th-27th. For more information about the TFI, visit the TBSP website http://tennesseebsp.org/ and click on “Resources – Webinars – Data.”

There is an upcoming District Coaches and Team Lead training at Vanderbilt University on November 16th. To register for the training, please click on the registration link on the TBSP website or follow this link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=89TCDMPC9L.

We will also be accepting applications for Schools of Recognition in the state of Tennessee. Applications will be sent out on October 16th and are due by November 17th. The applications can also be found on the TBSP website. The School of Recognition process is constructed to acknowledge schools for successful implementation of Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B). The purpose of this identification is to promote schools sharing their practices, share examples of how the framework is being implemented, and celebrate each school’s effort and dedication to meeting the needs of all students.
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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