Model of Demonstration Schools / School of Recognition

What is the Schools of Recognition and Model of Demonstration Schools Program?

TN-MTSS Center’s Schools of Recognition and Model of Demonstration Schools Program distinguishes schools for their quality and fidelity of MTSS implementation. The program is designed to promote MTSS implementation, share local examples of implementation in practice, and celebrate schools’ effort and dedication to meeting the needs of all students. Along with other forms of recognition, distinguished schools will be featured on the TN-MTSS website and shared with the Tennessee Department of Education.

This year, TN-MTSS Center will recognize accomplishments during 2020-2021 related to implementing a multi-tiered framework for behavior support (RTI2-B). This past work will help schools as they build an integrated framework. Additionally, we will recognize MTSS Early Adopters—schools already transitioning toward integrating both academic and non-academic (e.g., social, emotional, and behavioral) supports through one comprehensive, multi-tiered system for student support. For more information on Tennessee’s MTSS model, review the Overview of Student Supports (TDOE).

The Schools of Recognition and Model of Demonstration Schools Program is retrospective, based on the previous school year’s implementation and data (e.g., 2020-2021).

Implementation Distinctions

Schools of Recognition (SOR) – are actively engaged in the initial stages of implementing a behavior support framework (RTI2-B). School teams are committed to creating positive school climates and shaping their environments to be places where students can be successful.

Model of Demonstration (MOD) Schools – are implementing a behavior support framework (RTI2-B) with high fidelity and have applied this framework to improve the climate, culture, and proactive disciplinary practices which directly impact student engagement and school connectedness. School teams are creating transformative school climates and establishing environments to ensure the success of all students. Schools may be awarded one of three distinction levels:

  • Bronze – Model for Tier I
  • Silver – Model for Tiers I and II
  • Gold – Model for Tiers I, II, and III

MTSS Early Adopters – are transitioning toward integrated academic and non-academic (e.g., social, emotional, and behavioral) supports by unifying systems, practices, and interventions. To address the comprehensive needs of all students, these school teams have forged ahead to integrate the application of MTSS essential components: screening, progress monitoring, data-based decisions, and a multi-level prevention and intervention system.

Application Process

TN-MTSS Center’s Schools of Recognition and Model of Demonstration Schools Program is a multi-step process that begins with all interested schools completing the SOR application. To learn more about steps in the application process, see the image below.

Step 1 of Application Process
School of Recognition 2021-2022 Application Requirements: Due October 27, 2021

1. School Requirements:
  • Schools must have been implementing a Tier I of a behavior support framework (RTI2-B) for one year at a minimum.
  • Interested schools must apply each year to be awarded an SOR or MOD distinction. Previously recognized SOR and MOD schools (e.g., Bronze, Silver, and Gold) must reapply as well.
  • Schools seeking MOD status will be asked to provide additional information at a later time.

2. Application Requirements:

  • Complete all fields of this application. The SOR application is retrospective, based on the previous school year’s implementation and data (e.g., 2020-2021).
  • Submit behavior team attendance for a Behavior-focused Tier I Workshop (formerly known as RTI2-B Tier I Workshop).
  • Submit TFI score(s) conducted during Spring 2021. Completion of the TFI is required to be considered a School of Recognition. For information and instructions on completing the TFI, please contact us.
  • Submit a complete Tier I Implementation Manual.

Additionally, this year, schools can be recognized as an MTSS Early Adopter by sharing information about their integration of MTSS essential components: screening, progress monitoring, data-based decisions, and a multi-level prevention and intervention system. This application contains an additional section with questions to determine MTSS Early Adopter distinction.

If you have any questions or need help with the application, please reach out to your TN-MTSS Regional Center:

West Tennessee – University of Memphis-Lambuth, tnmtsscenter@memphis.edu

Middle Tennessee – Vanderbilt University, tnmtsscenter@vanderbilt.edu

East Tennessee – University of Tennessee-Knoxville, tnmtsscenter@utk.edu