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Jessica Edenfield, Ed.D.
Student Support Coordinator
As Student Support Coordinator, my role is to support our schools in the areas of Response to Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Section 504.  I will work personally with each building level facilitator and team in order to ensure fidelity of programs and compliance with state and federal laws.
What is RTI?

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a framework for identifying students with learning and/ or behavior problems and providing interventions to meet their needs.  It is similar to the scientific method where instructional teams analyze data, formulate hypotheses, and prescribe interventions to improve outcomes.  RTI provides a valid and systematic process before seeking the intervention of Student Services.  Georgia uses a 4-tier model of RTI called the Georgia Student Achievement Pyramid of Interventions.  Delivery of interventions intensify at each escalating tier until a case reaches Tier 4 when Student Services evaluates the eligibility criteria for placement in special education.  

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an initiative aimed at improving school-wide discipline and the overall school climate through positive methods rather than solely punitive ones.  PBIS is based on the RTI model and applies evidence-based practices and strategies for all students in an effort to decrease problem behaviors and establish a positive school culture.  The purpose behind PBIS is the decrease in behavior infractions leads to increased academic achievement.  Each school has established a PBIS team which is responsible for monitoring and strengthening the program at their respected sites.


What is Section 504?
Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights statues that focused on the prevention of discrimination.  Section 504 prohibits discrimination of an individual based on a disability.  This covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance.  Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  Since public school systems are federally funded, they must comply with this law.



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