Expert Instruction Podcast
Tier 2
Data-based decision making
Oct 19, 2021

Ep. 13: The Who, Why, & How of Tier 2 Decision-Making 

In this episode, we talk to Dr. Erin Chaparro and Dr. Ginny Joseph about the fundamentals of Tier 2 team decision making.

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Every October, you can expect us to talk about the October Catch – a way for your school-wide teams to use referral data to identify students who might benefit from additional supports. The October Catch is the first step in a process to get students the resources they need when they need them. What comes next? How does a student’s name end up on a Tier 2 team’s meeting agenda? How do you know which intervention is a good fit?

In this episode of Expert Instruction: The Teach by Design Podcast, we’re talking about Tier 2 teams and the foundations of decision making at the Tier 2 level. Joining us in this conversation are Drs. Erin Chaparro and Ginny Joseph.

Dr. Chaparro is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Oregon. For more than a decade, she has worked with districts and schools to implement multi-tiered systems of support for literacy and PBIS. She works with states across the country consulting on explicit instruction, PBIS, implementation science, and the education of English language learners. Among her many projects, Dr. Chaparro currently leads the development of an online training for Tier 2 data teams using a framework called Team-Initiated ProblemSolving (TIPS).

Dr. Ginny Joseph is the Coordinator of PBIS and Mental Health at Orange County Department of Education. She trains and supports school teams implementing a multi-tiered framework for behavior supports. Her experience ranges from function-based support planning, to using data to drive decisions, to planning behavioral support for small groups of students.

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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.

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