Restructuring for Inclusive School Environments

Providing Technical Assistance and Supports to Educational Organizations in West Tennessee since 1995.

Welcome to R.I.S.E.

Thank you for visiting! The R.I.S.E. project serves schools in Shelby, Tipton, Fayette and Lauderdale counties in West Tennessee who are dedicated to creating positive, supportive, and inclusive educational environments that include all people . ALL of our services are FREE to schools.

About Us

The RISE Project is a grant funded research project sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education – Special Education division. Our mission is to provide technical assistance and support to local area schools seeking to initiate reform and restructuring activities to see all students benefit from an inclusive educational environment. We negotiate supports with schools and school personnel on an on-going basis and seek to build capacities within schools and teams of individuals to better implement best and most promising practices in inclusive education. We offer in-services, professional development activities, on-going professional technical assistance, and additional supports and services through The University of Memphis. Our services are FREE of charge to area school systems. If you are interested in more information about how we might benefit your system, please contact the RISE office at (901) 678-4932 or

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Our Latest Project

The RISE Project is one of eight Tennessee higher education programs across the state charged with assisting schools in developing their own comprehensive, integrated, three-tiered (CI3T) model of prevention to meet the academic, behavioral, and social needs of students. The CI3T model aims to prevent and respond effectively to the development of learning and behavioral challenges through tiers of support.

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