Expert Instruction Podcast
Jun 15, 2021

Ep. 10: More Wins From a Weird Year

In this episode, we’ll hear from three schools about the things they did to make the 2020-21 school year successful in spite of the challenges, obstacles, and ever-changing mandates.

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After a weird year like we had in the 2020-21 school year, we wanted to take some time to showcase the things that went better than you thought they’d go. We reached out to our PBISApps community and asked you to submit your wins. Some stories appeared in our Teach by Design article this month; the rest you’ll hear in this episode.

We sat down with three schools from across the country to hear more about how this year didn’t stop them from creating community and building relationships in spite of the distance.

  • Horace Mann Elementary School, Oak Park, IL: Linda Chrystall shared how she modified their school’s Check-in Check-out point card to work better for students engaged in distance learning.
  • Elkins Park School, Elkins Park, PA: Shareese Nelson, Stephen Suplick, and Brian Wallace gave us examples of all the ways they went above and beyond to encourage their students to feel connected as part of the larger school community.
  • Thurston Middle School, Springfield, OR: Cindy Bonar, Andy Price, and Brandi Starck talked about the weekly show they started during the pandemic as a way to jumpstart relationships between students and staff.

We want to thank everyone who submitted success stories from this past year. We hope these experiences inspire you to try new things to create the kind of school where every student feels engaged, supported, and excited to learn.

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Megan Cave


Megan Cave

Megan Cave is a member of the PBISApps Marketing and Communication team. She is the writer behind the user manuals, scripted video tutorials, and news articles for PBISApps. She also writes a monthly article for Teach by Design and contributes to its accompanying Expert Instruction podcast episode. Megan has completed four half marathons – three of which happened unintentionally – and in all likelihood, will run another in the future.