Tier 1 is the core social skills curriculum for ALL students. ALL students have access to the core curriculum across all school settings all the time. The systems and practices put in place at Tier 1 comprise a systematic approach that establishes and reinforces clear behavioral expectations. Tier 1 is a team-based system involving the entire school faculty and staff while adopting a common approach to discipline that is proactive, instructional, and outcome based. The instructional approach focuses on systematically teaching social behavior using effective instructional methodology.

Tier 1 interventions and supports can work for over 80% of all students in a given school. Obviously, no intervention works across the board for all students. For a variety of reasons, some students do not respond to Tier 1 interventions, just as some children do not respond to initial teaching of academic subjects. Some students will need more intensive intervention. Access to Tier 1 interventions and supports reduces the possibility that schools will over-identify students as requiring more intensive supports. 

The systems and practices put in place at Tier 1 provide the foundation for Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports.  It is critical that schools establish and maintain strong Tier 1 systems and practices in order to sustain the process.

RTI²-Behavior framework has been effective in urban, rural, and suburban settings.

Professional development is key to proper implementation of RTI²-Behavior and the improved behavioral outcomes that RTI²-B can foster.

Training is specific for each school. Most schools realize similar results. The implementation looks completely different at each site, based on their specific needs. Ongoing decisions are made based on data driven results.

RTI²-B requires a 3-5 year training commitment to address proactive systems changes in the way schools do business.