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Lincoln Elementary named a gold demonstration school

Staff Reports • Nov 2, 2019 at 9:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A Model City elementary school has been chosen a gold demonstration school by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at UTK, funded by the Tennessee Department of Education, has announced that Lincoln Elementary has been selected as a 2019-20 Gold-Level Response to Instruction for Behavior or RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School. Of more than 1,800 schools across the state each year, a small percentage meet criteria to be selected for this group.

“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,” Principal Suzanne Zahner said. “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 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, reteaching, reinforcing and regularly acknowledging students, faculty, and families for exhibiting these expectations. Lincoln 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 demonstrated use of school-wide behavioral data to inform teaching practices and levels of support provided to students based on need. Twice a year, school officials 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 be more than 45 minutes away from an exemplary school implementing RTI2-B. Lincoln serves as a mentor to other schools across East Tennessee. Lincoln and other schools that receive this award will network with other schools across the state at the Partners in Education Conference held in Nashville by the Tennessee Department of Education.