Washington Elementary: a model school in the Model City

Rick Wagner • Apr 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A city elementary school has been named a demonstration school for its Response to Intervention (RTI) program.

At a recent Board of Education meeting, school board member Karen Reed-Wright recognized the leadership and staff of Washington Elementary, including Principal Heather Wolfe, for being named an RTI2-B Bronze Level Model Demonstration School. RTI is a multi-tiered approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavioral needs.

The RTI process begins with high quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom, according to educators.

The honor, given by the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at the University of Tennessee, recognizes a small percentage of the more than 1,800 schools in the state. The designation means that the school will receive visits from educators across the region to look at Washington’s RTI program.

Washington, located in the Allandale area of Kingsport in Hawkins County, has participated in training and technical assistance provided by the TBSP and has implemented a positive and proactive behavioral system for all students.

The support framework includes identifying common behavioral expectations across campus, teaching, re-teaching, reinforcing and regularly acknowledging students, faculty and families for exhibiting these expectations.

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