Social and Personal Competencies/SEL
Classroom Management and Behavior Interventions
ACES and Trauma
If Virtual Learning is Needed
Understanding Social and Emotional Development
Behavior Management at Home
RCS Mental Health for Students
Resources for Families during COVID-19/Distance Learning
Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B) is a team-based approach for creating and maintaining safe learning environments. This systems approach helps districts, schools, staff, parents, and students align social and behavioral supports into one sustainable and effective multi-tiered, problem-solving framework.
School discipline is different using RTI2-B because the focus changes from punishing, controlling, and excluding troubling students to preventing problem behaviors and teaching appropriate emotional and behavioral skills as needed.
Tier 1 of RTI2-B refers to the consistent set of behavioral expectations for all students across all school settings. Students are taught the rules and expectations explicitly, and students who consistently meet those expectations are recognized and celebrated on a regular basis. Tier 1 also includes clear and consistent procedures for addressing rule violations.
Research shows that with Effective Tier 1 practices in place, 80 to 85 percent of students will be able to meet the school's behavior expectations. Ten to fifteen percent of students may require additional, or Tier 2, behavior supports. These might include participation in a check-in/check-out program, small group counseling, or learning to request breaks.
An additional three to five percent of students may require individualized behavioral supports through a plan designed to meet their needs.
RTI2-B uses data to track discipline referrals so we can answer questions: Where are the problems happening? When are the happening? Who is at risk?
Rutherford County has a District Leadership Team to guide and support the implementation of RTI2-B in the schools. School teams are trained by Vanderbilt University's Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP). The District Behavior Support Specialist works closely with the Vanderbilt Project Staff and all implementing schools to ensure that we are following best practices for students.
***Sixteen schools in Rutherford County have been selected for recognition by the TBSP for outstanding implementation RTI2-B. See the list of participating schools to view these selections.