At Fairmount Elementary in Bristol, TN, ‘DAB” stands for Demonstrate Awesome Behavior, the name of the school’s behavioral intervention program. The program is designed to help students change negative behaviors to stay in the classroom to keep on pace with learning and avoid in-school suspensions.
In 2016, Fairmount Elementary teachers began working with the Tennessee Behavior Support Project (TBSP) at the University of Tennessee to create a program for their school. Before the program started, the school had 77 students in suspension over the course of the year. By the end of 2016, that number was down to 61, and in 2017 the number dropped to 19. Fairmount has been recognized as a Model of Demonstration School for successfully implementing evidence-based behavioral interventions.
The TBSP provides training, materials, and tools to support administrators, teachers and staff in implementing the RT12-B program at no cost to the school. Dr. Tara Moore, an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education department, serves as the Primary Investigator for the TBSP University of Tennessee Knoxville project.