Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at Vanderbilt University, which is funded by Tennessee Department of Education, recently announced that three local schools were selected as a 2020-2021 School of Recognition. Those schools include Community Middle, Harris Middle and Southside Elementary, which will now serve as mentors to other Middle Tennessee school systems...
Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at Vanderbilt University, which is funded by Tennessee Department of Education, recently announced that three local schools were selected as a 2020-2021 School of Recognition.
Those schools include Community Middle, Harris Middle and Southside Elementary, which will now serve as mentors to other Middle Tennessee school systems.
The awards will be presented at the Partners In Education Conference in Nashville, sponsored by TDE. The conference is normally held in January.
Community Middle has been a participant in training and technical assistance provided by TBSP. Also, the school has undergone the process of implementing a positive and proactive behavioral systems framework for all students. Principal Tony Garrette recently said, “I am very excited for our school to receive this distinction. The teachers that work on the RTI2-B team have done a great job implementing this program and have worked tirelessly to come up with ways to help our students and to reward those that have followed through on their goals. I am very proud of our school and the way our teachers and students represent it."
As well, assistant principal Ashley Fears said recently how she was thrilled to see Community Middle become one of the three Bedford County Schools which have been selected as a 2020-2021 School of Recognition.
“All our faculty and staff have worked hard to implement our Renaissance Rewards and Check in/ Check out positive behavior programs. Our programs are led by Mrs. Casey Burrahm and Mrs. Cynthia Donnelly and all our CMS Vikings are enjoying their rewards and events.
She named several companies which have sponsored reward incentives. “I am so proud and feel very encouraged about our school's continued success.”
Within this same positive behavior program, Community Elementary and Learning Way Elementary were named as gold schools while Eakin Elementary and East Side Elementary were selected as 2020 silver schools. Bedford County School System recently announced all those schools and their placement on its Facebook page.
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.
Schools have applied this framework to improve the climate, culture, and proactive disciplinary practices which directly impacts student engagement and school connectedness. In meeting this award criteria, Community Middle, Harris Middle and Southside Elementary have demonstrated use of school-wide behavioral data to inform teaching practices and levels of support provided to students based on need. Twice a year, the school also reflected on overall fidelity to guide their implementation of the RTI2-B framework.
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