Lincoln Elementary School Selected as a 2019-20 Gold-Level RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School

Published on October 25, 2019 at 1:21 p.m.
Kingsport, Tenn. –  The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (funded by the Tennessee Department of Education) is proud to announce that Abraham Lincoln Elementary School has been selected as a 2019-2020 Gold-Level RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School. There are over 1,800 schools across the state of Tennessee and each year a small percentage of schools meet criteria to be selected as an RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School.

"We are so proud of this recognition. This truly has been a team effort with every person at Lincoln working together to make our school a great place to be in every day," said Lincoln Elementary Principal Suzanne Zahner. "The entire staff here at Lincoln have worked tremendously hard over the past two years to really turn our school into "the best place in town". Our students are so proud of their school and all that they do every day to live up to our expectations of being respectful, responsible, trustworthy, and safe."     
Lincoln Elementary School has been a participant 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. Lincoln Elementary has 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 Lincoln Elementary 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 that no school in Tennessee should have to travel more than 45 minutes to see an exemplary school implementing RTI2-B. As a Gold-Level RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School, Lincoln Elementary can now serve as a mentor to other schools across East Tennessee. They will have the opportunity to receive this award and network with other schools across the state at the Partners In Education Conference held in Nashville by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact. 

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