Expert Instruction Podcast
Data-based decision making
Apr 19, 2022

Ep. 18: The Fundamentals of Data-driven Decisions

In this episode, hear how two coaches guide their teams through the decision-making process. What are the questions they always ask and where do they recommend you start?

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What does data-driven decision making mean to you? In this month’s Teach by Design, we showed you how researchers found it means something different depending on who you ask. What works for one school may not work for another, but we were also curious to know whether there were some components of a decision-making process that might be similar across most contexts.

In today’s episode of Expert Instruction, we’re exploring those decision-making fundamentals – the components of your decision-making model that make your team more efficient and your solutions more effective.

Joining us is Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway and Dr. Billie Jo Rodriguez. Jessica is the executive director for Northwest PBIS Network – an organization providing professional development and support around PBIS & MTSS, including restorative practices, Interconnected Systems Framework, equity in discipline, early childhood PBIS, and more. Jessica’s work focuses on equipping teachers with strategies for instruction, relationship-building, and designing effective learning environments. She also has expertise aligning restorative practices, mental health practices, and academic RtI into the SWPBIS framework. 

Billie Jo is a Northwest PBIS staff member, a senior lecturer at the University of Oregon, a nationally certified school psychologist and a board-certified behavior analyst. She has over 20 years of experience supporting students with diverse needs and helping schools implement increasingly intensive function-based supports. She joins NWPBIS after seven years providing behavior support services as a school psychologist and positive behavior support coach in a diverse Oregon district.

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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.

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