Student Academic & Behavioral Support Department Overview

  • The Office of Student Academic and Behavioral Support, often times referred to as RTI/PBIS, is committed to the mission and vision of Jackson Public Schools.  We are focused on the District's Goals and therefore provide support and assistance to schools and other departments in order to attain positive results.   This office provides support by leading the following initiatives:

    Universal Screening

    Facilitates and manages the diagnostic screening and progress monitoring of students (K-10th grades) in reading, math and behavior.

    • Star Early Literacy, STAR Reading, STAR Math
    • Behavior Screening

    Multi-Tiered System of Supports- State Board Policy Part 3 Chapter 41: Rule 41.1 Intervention

    • Tier I – High-Quality Core Instruction+ Differentiated Instruction
    • Tier II – Strategic/Targeted Interventions-Supplemental Instruction, small group
    • Tier III – Intensive Intervention, Individual, Teacher Support Team (TST)
    • Reading, Math, Algebra I, Biology I, U.S. History, English II, Behavior
    • Problem Solving Model/Standard Protocol
    • Diagnostic Assessment Data and Progress Monitoring
    • MKAS2 Third Grade Literacy Assessment

    Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

    • Districtwide-Schoolwide
    • Systemic Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support

    Progress Monitoring

    • Data-driven instruction/interventions and decision making ( Proficiency and Growth)

    Professional Development

    • Processes & research based practices/strategies
    • Data-driven technical support-action planning
    • Coaching, modeling, support

    Technical Support

    • Reviews current practices for TST/PBIS
    • Provides practical ideas/suggestions to improve

    Early Warning Systems

    • Promoting student attendance
    • Promoting re-engagement in educational services
    • Promoting graduation and career pathways


    • Seeks funding from diverse sources to gain additional resources
    • Develops and implements grants to forward the District Goals

     Academic & Behavior

Contact Information

  • 662 South President Street
    Jackson, MS 39201
    (601) 973-8662

    Contact Student Academic & Behavior Support

    Amanda D. Thomas, MTSS Director
    (601) 960-2614

    Hope Pearson, Assistant Sped. Supervisor

    Section 504 Coordinator- 504 Eligibilty, Deternination and Plan Development Support

    (601) 960-8890

    Tools for Life Intervention Specialists

    • Cora Holland
    • Twanda Leggin
    • Ettatina Myles
    • Loran Taylor

    (See Tools for Life page for contact information.)

    Drop Out Prevention Coordinator

    Fernandeis Frazier

    (601) 360-8479

Last Modified on February 26, 2019